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20 Famous Movie Quotes in Chinese Posted by on Nov 17, 2021

Do you like watching movies? (你喜欢看电影吗? nǐ xǐ huān kàn diàn yǐng ma). Talking about movies is a great way to practice your Chinese and American movies are quite popular in China. In fact, thousands of young Chinese people work together to translate American TV shows and movies for the Chinese audience. Just check this NPR…

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Chinese Winter Vocabulary Posted by on Nov 15, 2021

Autumn has come, the temperatures are gradually dropping, and winter is just around the corner. Chinese has two names for winter: Both names consist of two characters: the first one 冬 (dōng) means winter, and the second – 季 or 天– mean season. 季 (jì) comes from the Chinese noun for season 季节 (jì jié)…

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Talking About Hobbies in Chinese Posted by on Nov 8, 2021

A great way to improve your Chinese is by talking about your hobbies (爱好 Ài hào). It’s more fun talking about what you like to do in your spare time than what you have to do at work or school. Plus, finding people who share the same hobbies as you gives you the chance to…

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Three Chinese Verbs with the Meaning of to Dislike Posted by on Oct 25, 2021

喜欢 (xǐ huan) is a verb, meaning to like, to be fond of. It’s a very common verb, and can be attributed to people, food, objects, hobbies, etc. To change its meaning to the antonym verb of to dislike, just add the negative prefix 不 (bù) before it. 不 plus 喜欢 forms the verb 不喜欢, which…

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The Chinese Words for Cube Posted by on Sep 27, 2021

The Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, which are actually called The Beijing National Stadium and The Beijing National Aquatics Center, were originally designed and constructed to host the 2008 Olympic Games. Their great architectures and impressive appearances made them attractive tourist sites to visit, even more than a decade after the Beijing Games…

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Six Common Phrases of the Character 开 Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

开 (kāi) is one of the first Chinese words I learned. I remember it from my first Chinese classes. It was part of their routine: the students were already sitting on their chairs, thick textbooks on their tables, when the teacher arrived. She entered the class, greeted us kindly, and asked: 请打开书 (qǐng dǎ kāi…

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Chinese Time Phrases: Part 2 Posted by on Aug 10, 2021

Talking about time is inevitable. Not only telling the time, but also parts of the day, order of events, speed of occurrences, etc. Here are 3 more time phrases to use in daily conversations.   一早 yì zǎo The short phrase 一早 consists of two basic Chinese characters: 一 (yī, one) and 早 (zǎo, morning)…

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