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7 Awesome Chinese Words That Don’t Translate Posted by on Oct 9, 2019

Have you ever seen that movie “Lost in Translation”? It’s a great movie starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson where the two often experience culture shock (文化冲击 – wén huà chōng jí) in Tokyo. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had plenty of experiences with culture shock. This was especially true during my first…

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The Chinese Flag Posted by on Oct 7, 2019

A national flag (国旗 guó qí) is an important symbol of a country (国家 guó jiā), serving as an international representative. 国旗是国家的象征。 Guó qí shì guó jiā de xiàng zhēng. The national flag is a symbol of the country. The national flag of China is a five starred red flag (五星红旗 wǔ xīng hóng qí)…

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China Turns 70 Posted by on Sep 25, 2019

National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

October 1st is a very special day in China this year. Not only is it the country’s National Day (国庆节 – guó qìng jié), but it’s the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. In this post we’ll take a closer look at the holiday and how the country is planning on celebrating as China…

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Visa-Free Entry to Iran for Chinese Tourists Posted by on Sep 16, 2019

Iran has decided unilaterally to cancel the visa requirement for Chinese citizens. The Henley Passport Index is a global ranking of the world’s passports (护照 hù zhào), according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It ranks the countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. On the…

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A Guide to the Mid-Autumn Festival Posted by on Sep 11, 2019

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 – zhōng qiū jié) is fast approaching. This traditional Chinese holiday falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (阴历 – yīn lì), which just so happens to be Friday the 13th this year! It dates back over 3,000 years to the time of the Shang Dynasty (商朝…

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Teachers’ Day in China Posted by on Sep 2, 2019

Chinese Teachers’ Day will be celebrated this month on September 10th. An old Chinese saying says: 人有三尊:君、父、师 (rén yǒu sān zūn: jūn, fù, shī). It means people have three to respect: the emperor, father, and teacher. According to the saying, a person should greatly honor the emperor who governed the country, the father who raised…

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Going Back to School in China Posted by on Aug 21, 2019

Summer holiday is almost finished! (暑假快要结束了- shǔ jià kuài yào jié shù le). Can you believe it? I know I can’t. It seems like just yesterday I was writing my post on talking about summer in Chinese with vocabulary words like water park (水上乐园 – shuǐ shàng lè yuán) and beach (海滩 – hǎi tān)…

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