Mandarin Weekly #158
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No meat? No problem! All Food Culture
Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Then China might seem like a hard place to eat. But it turns out (as I can attest from personal experience) that it’s not too hard to find excellent food that fits your diet:
Living in China as a Vegan or Vegetarian Being vegetarian or vegan in China, on the face of it, is a real challenge…www.livethelanguage.cn
Snacking on…chicken feet? All Food Culture
A popular Chinese snack is, believe it or not, chicken feet. Here is some vocabulary and background about this snack that sounds less than appetizing to many Western ears:
It's Nora and Hollie back again and this time, we're eating some weird and wonderful snacks from China for your…www.writtenchinese.com
Forums for Chinese learners All Learning Reviews
Interactions are one of the keys to learning, and interacting with other students of Chinese is a great way to improve your learning — as well as answer questions and find teachers. Here is a list of some online forums for Chinese learners, and comments about them:
Remember, if you can, the days of the early internet.When we were online but not yet connected by social media.Before…www.fluentu.com
Bonus time! All Culture
Between January 1st and Chinese New Year, Chinese companies often give bonuses. Here’s some backgroung on this practice, and vocabulary to help you ask and answer bonus-related questions:
Year-end bonus means the boss reward employees with cash or gifts, many Chinese companies have come up with in recent…www.echineselearning.com
Understanding and using 就 (jiù) and 才 (cái) Intermediate Grammar Video
The characters 就 and 才 are used frequently in Chinese, and can help to make your speech more natural sounding. However, they are often confused. Here is an introduction to their use:
The two characters 就 and 才 can be very confusing to Chinese learners, and they are used quite often. Let's take a look…www.fluentinmandarin.com
Year of the Dog All Culture
Chinese New Year is soon upon us, and with it will be the Year of the Dog. What are the animals of the Chinese zodiac, and why are these animals in this order? A full explanation is here:
Now that 2018 is upon us, it is also nearing the time of a new lunar year on the Chinese calendar, and just like in the…www.digmandarin.com
Winter Olympics vocabulary Intermediate Vocabulary
Planning to watch the Winter Olympics? Now you can discuss the various events in Chinese, thanks to this handy guide:
It's an exciting time of the year as the Winter Olympics (冬季奥运会 - dōng jì ào yùn huì) are about to get started. You may…blogs.transparent.com
Tips for beginners Beginner Learning
If you’re just starting to learn Chinese, where do you go? What should you concentrate on doing?
Have you been interested in starting to learn Mandarin Chinese, but have no idea where to start? Learning a second…www.chinese-breeze.com
Sentence connectors Intermediate Grammar
In the middle of speaking, and need to pause for a bit? Or just need to connect one sentence to the other? Here are some useful phrases you can throw into your conversation:
"Conversation Connectors" are very useful in Chinese when you are looking for something to say and need to give…www.mandarinblueprint.com
Registering with Taobao All Culture
Taobao is the be-all and end-all of e-commerce in China. You can, it is known, get just about anything for a good price, and also get it delivered quickly. But if your Chinese is weak, then how can you use it? Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Even though new applications and online shopping sites no longer offer Taobao as the only tool for purchases, it still…www.saporedicina.com
China visa rules All Culture Travel
Want to visit China? Then you should know how to apply for and get a visa. It’s a bit complex, but with this guide, it’ll be far easier:
by Furio Fu on Twitter on Facebook on Google+ on LinkedIn Need help getting a Chinese visa? Click here to find out…www.saporedicina.com
Answering wh- questions Intermediate Grammar
If you’re trying to answer a question that someone has asked, you can usually use a standard grammar pattern. Here are some useful ones that you can probably start to use right away:
Interrogative substitutions are similar to the "wh - question words" in English, or the interrogative pronouns in…www.saporedicina.com
Ten phrases for dating Intermediate Culture Video
Going on a date? Want to impress the other party with your Chinese? Here are 10 useful phrases to know before going out. (Note: Free registration required.)
In this lesson, you'll learn top 10 phrases you'll need for a date. Visit ChineseClass101 and learn Chinese fast with…www.chineseclass101.com
Selling cuteness Beginner Vocabulary
If someone thinks that you’re cute, they might say you’re “selling cuteness,” or 卖萌 (mài méng), a phrase that’s described here:
Word of the Week: mài méng For Christmas I got some trouser braces and a bow tie. In Chinese that's 背带 bèi dài…themandarincornerblog.com
Listening challenge All Learning
It’s time for another Hacking Chinese challenge, this time for listening. Can you listen to lots of Chinese, and thus improve your comprehension? More information is here:
Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. Starting…www.hackingchinese.com
Chinese movies Advanced Story
An introduction to and review of a well known Chinese movie that you might want to watch, also:
Laba Festival All Culture Video
What is 腊八节 (làbā jié)? A traditional Chinese festival that comes before Chinese New Year. Learn about this festival, its traditional foods, and how to celebrate it:
How are sales? Beginner Story
How are sales of our new products? The boss wants to know; don’t disappoint him!
Making plans Intermediate Vocabulary
Is there a difference between 打算 (dǎ suàn) and 计划 (jì huà)?
Chinese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss…chinese.stackexchange.com
Hey dude(s) Intermediate Vocabulary
The term 哥们 (gē men) means “dude” or “bro,” and is used in colloquial speech. Why is it plural?
Can someone explain why 们 is used in the word 哥们 to mean buddy/dude, even if it's referred to a single person? Would it…chinese.stackexchange.com
兆 (zhào) and numbers Advanced Vocabulary
How do you use 兆 as part of a number? Or is it merely used on its own?
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