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Look better, feel better Intermediate Culture
Getting a massage? Or perhaps cosmetic surgery? Or maybe just a new hairstyle? People in China are doing all sorts of things to improve the way they look. Here are some words to help you look your best, or just describe those who have done so:
Chinese TV Intermediate Reviews Learning
How can you use Chinese-language TV to improve your comprehension? Here are some possible shows, as well as suggestions for using TV to improve your learning:
Angry words Intermediate Vocabulary Video
Angry with other drivers? Or perhaps with other people in general? Here are some useful words and phrases for expressing anger:
I love you, in numbers Beginner Culture
Why would the number 520 represent love? Because of word games that Chinese love to play. Which means that May 20th is another day on which to express your feelings:
Multi-sound characters Intermediate Characters
Some characters have more than one sound. How can you figure out which is the right one? This guide will give you some ideas:
Asking someone’s age Beginner Story
How do you ask someone how old they are in Chinese? It depends on how old they are, ironically. Here’s a story about someone learning this the hard way:
Food treasures to try Beginner Food
In the West, “Chinese food” is seen as one type of cuisine. But there are so many styles and tastes, it can be overwhelming. Here are five things to try when you’re in China:
25 famous landmarks Beginner Travel
China is full of famous, interesting, and beautiful locations. Here are 25 of them, along with their Chinese names and some useful sentences when discussing your travel plans:
What’s for dinner? Beginner Food
What are you having for dinner tonight? In China, people eat differently than in the West. Here are some example dishes that people are probably eating tonight, all over the country:
Scapegoat Intermediate Vocabulary
In English, someone who is unfairly blamed is known as a “scapegoat.” In Chinese, we can say 背黑锅 (bēi hēi guō), as described here:
Listen better Intermediate Listening
Want to practice your listening? Here are a bunch of stories and quizzes that will help you to fine-tune your ability to listen to (and understand) Chinese:
Chinese names All Culture
When you learn Chinese, you get (and use) a Chinese name. What techniques are used to learn new names? And what about people who don’t have Chinese names — how are they referred to within China?
Body parts Beginner Vocabulary Video
This video introduces several body parts, and is followed by a quiz:
Cool slang Beginner Vocabulary
It’s always fun to learn some new Chinese slang; here are 10 of the latest words and phrases that you can use to blend in with the natives (or so we’d like to think):
If Beginner Grammar
If these examples don’t show you how to use “if” effectively, then I’ll be surprised:
Big dreams Advanced Story
Castles in the air? Other unrealistic plans? Here’s a story for you about this idea in Chinese:
People don’t change Intermediate Expressions
People don’t change, and the world doesn’t change, as this expression reveals:
I’ll drink to that Beginner Vocabulary
Here are some alcoholic drinks you might want to mention (or enjoy) when you’re in China:
Don’t worry Intermediate Grammar
How do you say “not to worry” in Chinese?
Locked door Intermediate Grammar
How can you speak of a door as being locked?
Originally published at Mandarin Weekly (每周中文).