Talking About Fall in Chinese Posted by sasha on Sep 23, 2020 in Culture, festivals, history, Leisure, Vocabulary
The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and the kids are all back to school. That can mean just one thing – fall (秋天 – qiū tiān)
is here. You may be bummed that summer is over, but there’s lots to love about autumn as well. In China, fall means two very important holidays – Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 – zhōng qiū jié) and National Day (国庆节 – guó qìng jié). Learn some vocabulary, get the scoop on these holidays, and watch some fall-themed videos in this post. Let’s get you talking about fall in Chinese!
Chinese Fall Vocabulary
To get started, here’s a vocabulary list with 25 Chinese words about fall. Feel free to copy this list and use it to build up your Chinese fall vocabulary.
shí yī yuè
shí èr yuè
zhōng qiū jié
guó qìng jié
wàn shèng jié
bù gěi táng jiù dǎo dàn
měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú
gǎi biàn yán sè
trick or treat
Here are a few sentences that show some of these vocabulary words in action:
qiū tiān shì cóng jiǔ yuè dào shí’èr yuè
Fall is from September to December.
qiū tiān yǒu hěn duō chóng yào de jià qī, lì rú guó qìng jié
There are many important holidays in the fall, such as National Day.
yuè bǐng shì zhōng qiū jié de chuán tǒng shí pǐn
Mooncakes are a traditional food for Mid-Autumn Festival.
tiān qì yuè lái yuè liáng kuài, yè zi biàn sè le
The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing colors.
gǎn’ēn jié de shí hòu, měi guó rén chī huǒ jī, kàn měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú
On Thanksgiving, Americans eat turkey and watch American football.
As mentioned above, both Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day take place in the fall months in China. If you’re interested in learning more about these Chinese holidays, check out a few of our past posts:
- Mid-Autumn Festival: Get the scoop on this traditional holiday in this post.
- Moon Cakes: Learn all about the lunar treats that come along with Mid-Autumn Fest.
- National Day: Get the history of China’s most patriotic holiday here.
- National Day Golden Week: Tons of Chinese people travel over the long holiday, but that has posed some problems. Learn more in this post.
In addition to these traditional festivals, more and more people in China are celebrating Western holidays. Halloween parties are common in big cities, and many restaurants offer full Thanksgiving dinners. Talk about these holidays in Chinese by studying these posts:
- Halloween Vocabulary: Ghosts, witches, zombies and more!
- Thanksgiving Vocabulary: Learn the vocab and do a short reading practice here.
See what happens when a zombie apocalypse takes over the streets of Beijing.
A Plants vs. Zombies themed game took over downtown Kunming on Halloween weekend.
A great place to take in the beautiful fall colors is the Red Snail Temple outside of Beijing.
The most popular spot in the capital during the fall is definitely the Fragrant Hills.
National Day celebrations in Beijing from way back in 2010 – one of my first videos for the page!
nǐ xǐ huān qiū tiān ma? wèi shén me?
Do you like fall? Why?
qiū tiān de shí hòu nǐ xǐ huān gàn shén me
What do you like to do in the fall?
qiū tiān de shí hòu, nǐ qìng zhù shén me jià qī
What holidays do you celebrate in the fall?
nǐ zěn me qìng zhù
How do you celebrate?
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