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A Guide to Asking Questions in Chinese Posted by on Jun 8, 2020

Learning how to ask questions is important in any language. Even if you can’t really understand responses very well, being able to ask questions at least gets you started conversing with locals. Today I’m going to share a guide to asking questions in Chinese that I hope will help you out. 加油! Question Words in…

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How to Respond to Compliments in Chinese Posted by on Jun 2, 2020

In Chinese culture, modesty is viewed as a virtue. It is an inherent part of the Confucian beliefs which emphasize the group over the individual. One of the daily aspects in which Chinese modesty is reflected is the way Chinese receive and respond (回应huí yìng) to a compliment (赞美zàn měi). While a simple thank you…

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A Virtual Tour of China Posted by on May 20, 2020

Highlights of Guangxi

I don’t know about you, but I really like traveling (我很喜欢旅行 wǒ hěn xǐ huān lǚ xíng). For us travelers, this global pandemic (全球大流行 quán qiú dà liú xíng) really stinks. That’s why I’m going to take you on a virtual tour of China (中国虚拟之旅 zhōng guó xū nǐ zhī lǚ). Hopefully this inspires you…

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COVID-19 Chinese Vocabulary Posted by on May 16, 2020

Talking and reading about the COVID-19 in Chinese requires a specific vocabulary. Here is a glossary of 15 words, including related verbs and nouns. Read the sentences all regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, to practice the new vocabulary. Try to make sentences on your own, using the glossary. If you have any question leave me a…

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Talking About Music in Chinese Posted by on May 6, 2020

Do you like listening to music? (你喜欢听音乐吗? nǐ xǐ huan tīng yīn yuè ma). I don’t know about you, but music (音乐 yīn yuè) has always been a huge part of my life. When I was younger, I played the cello (大提琴 dà tí qín) in my school’s orchestra as well as in an after-school…

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China’s Popular Epidemic Song Posted by on May 4, 2020

The song which had been written for another occasion and became one of the most popular during the pandemic. Li Kaichou (李凯稠 Lǐ kǎichóu) is a successful Chinese musician (音乐人 yīn yuè rén). Working behind the scenes, he has composed and produced many popular songs (红歌 hóng gē) over the years. Last year he composed…

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Labor Day in China Holiday Stories Posted by on Apr 27, 2020

A Guide to Telling the Time in Chinese

This Friday is Labor Day (劳动节 láo dòng jié) in China and many countries around the world. Commonly known simply as “5-1” (五一  wǔ yī), it’s one of many short public holidays in China. Actually, it used to be one of three Golden Weeks (黄金周 huáng jīn zhōu) but it was shortened in favor of…

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