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Expressing Your Emotions in Chinese Posted by on Jun 7, 2021

Talking about your emotions (情绪 qíng xù) is an important and tricky part of learning a language. Some words translate well between languages, while others don’t at all. There are tons of English words for describing emotions that simply can’t be translated into Chinese, and it’s the same the other way around. In this post…

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My Favorite Places in China Posted by on May 25, 2021

For the past 15 months, travel has basically been on hold due to the pandemic. As people start to get vaccinated and countries announce their plans to open up, we can finally look forward to future travel again. I’ve had some of my best travel experiences ever in China, so today I’d like to share…

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Rocking Out in China (Part Three) Posted by on May 13, 2021

For the past few months, we’ve been taking a closer look at rock music in China. You can go back and check out Part One about Cui Jian and the sound known as Northwest Wind, as well as Part Two where we looked at Black Panther, Dreaming, and Tang Dynasty. Today we’ll continue into the…

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How to Use the Chinese Character 比 (bǐ) Posted by on Apr 28, 2021

The character 比 (bǐ) is commonly used when making comparisons. The Chinese dictionary defines 比 as: 较量高低、长短、远近、好坏等 (jiào liàng gāo dī, cháng duǎn, yuan jìn, hǎo huài děng.) Which means to measure up against attributions such as height, length, distance, good or bad, etc. 比 can be translated as than, but its sentence structure is…

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Chinese Weather Vocabulary Posted by on Apr 22, 2021

When making small talk, one topic that always comes up is the weather (天气 tiān qì), whether you like it or not. If you can forgive me for that cheesy pun, I’ll teach you some useful Chinese weather vocabulary and phrases in this post. Seasons (季节 jì jié) winter (冬天 dōng tiān) spring (春天 chūn tiān)…

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Chinese Time phrases Posted by on Apr 15, 2021

Time is the most valuable commodity. No one can create time, no one is able to buy more of it. It stands still for no one, and once it’s lost, it can never be replenished. Time is our most precious resource. We’ve already learned how to tell the time in Chinese, but talking about it…

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Libraries in China Posted by on Apr 8, 2021

In case you didn’t know, this week is Library Week in the United States. As such, we’re taking a look at libraries in the different countries represented on the language blogs here. In this post, we’ll learn all about libraries in China, starting with a bit of vocabulary. Chinese Library Vocabulary First of all, let’s…

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