• Thanksgiving


    Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The Chinese don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but they do have a word for it: 感恩节 (gǎn ēn jié). You can impress your Chinese friends with your mastery of their language. You can watch the video here, and be sure to come back and use the audio-infused tables below to practice the sentences and vocabulary. ...

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  • Xīgua Tián bù Tián?

    Xīgua Tián bù Tián?

    If you want to take a photo of a Chinese friend, first ask this question: “Xīgua tián bù tián?” (Is watermelon sweet?). They will always answer with a smile. Why? Three reasons. First: in order to pronounce “tián” you need to smile, just like saying “yī” (one). Second: everyone loves watermelon. Third: if ...

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  • Translator Apps will Improve your Mandarin

    Translator Apps will Improve your Mandarin

    Microsoft Translator and Google Translate are powerful tools for learning languages. I think MS Translator is a little better with tones. But both are good. A translator app will allow you to determine which words you can pronounce and which ones need work. It will also let you know which sentences you are pronouncing correctly. Scroll down and click ...

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  • Wǒ xiān zǒu le

    Wǒ xiān zǒu le

    A common expression used by Chinese people is 我先走了 (Wǒ xiān zǒu le). Literally translated it means “I am leaving first”. This typical way of saying good-bye is used when leaving a group earlier than others. It is kind of like “I gotta get going”. Listen to the exchange below by clicking on first column. To check out the vo...

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  • Double Seven Festival

    Double Seven Festival

    The Double Seven festival occurs on the 7th day of the 7th month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This day is also known as Chinese Valentines day. This year (2019) the festival lands on August 7th. Ancient Story This day is a special day for two romantic characters banished from heaven and Earth. The girl, Zhīnǚ (织女), was a weaver of fine...

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