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An Intro to the Chinese Zodiac Posted by on Feb 12, 2018

An Intro to the Chinese Zodiac

One tradition associated with the Spring Festival that almost everyone knows about is the Chinese zodiac (生肖 – shēng xiào), a 12-year mathematical cycle that relates each year to an animal. Of course, there’s an interesting story in Chinese folklore that explains the order of the animals: As the story goes, the gods decided to have a…

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Chinese Astronomy Lesson Posted by on May 19, 2016

While it may not be the most useful thing to study when learning a new language, astronomy (天文学 – tiān wén xué) is certainly an interesting topic. When it comes to Chinese, learning the names of the planets and other astronomy-related vocabulary can help you become familiar with common characters that are used in a variety…

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