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Using 倍 (bèi) Intermediate Grammar Video
How do you indicate multiples? With 倍:
Will you marry me? Beginner Grammar Video
Want to get married? Here are 10 ways to ask for his/her hand in Chinese:
Working with others Beginner Grammar Video
Want to do things with other people? I know, I know — it’s often easier to do things yourself! But if you want to work with others, then you might as well know how to talk about it in Chinese:
What a train! Advanced Characters Video
Can you identify the biggest advantage of this new train model? Read the promotional information and see if you can answer the question:
About chopsticks All Culture Food
Even if you’ve never visited China, you probably know that people there use chopsticks (rather than a fork and knife) when eating. Here’s an introduction to the history and culture of chopsticks:
Why Chinese eat with Chopsticks - LTL Mandarin School
Chopsticks, or "kuaizi" in Chinese, is key element of many oriental cultures. These 5,000 year old unique eating tools…
Chinese lunar calendar All Culture
The lunar calendar in China
Why does China use the Lunar Calendar?
Have you ever wondered about the difference of the Gregorian calendar and the Lunar calendar when learning Chinese…
Word order in Chinese Intermediate Grammar
Chinese grammar might be simple, but word order can still be surprisingly tricky for many beginners (and intermediate) learners. Here’s a good introduction to the subject, and how to think about it:
How to get Chinese Word Order Right | Glossika Blog
So you've been learning Chinese. And you've come to the conclusion that, wow, this language is so easy! Nouns never…
Celebrating 清明節 ( qīng míng jié) All Culture
Earlier this month was 清明节, a major Chinese holiday. How do people celebrate it? Here are some details about the holiday, its traditions, and its vocabulary:
Tomb Sweeping Festival Vocabulary
Tomorrow is an important holiday in Chinese culture - the Tomb Sweeping Festival. This traditional Chinese festival is…
Social media terms Intermediate Culture
Social media exists in China, and people there have come up with their own terms for important words and phrases:
Social Media in Chinese Pt. 2
You Call it Lurking, I Call it Web-Based Learning Note: This article is the second in a two-part series. If you haven't…
The real meaning Intermediate Expressions
Many simple Chinese expressions and phrases have implied meanings above and beyond the simple and straightforward words. Here are some such phrases; be sure to look at the final definition for each phrase to get the implied meaning:
The Said Unsaid - China Channel
When Mandarin means more than you think - Karin Malmstrom and Nancy Nash It is always said, and it's usually true, that…
Fly a kite Intermediate Story
Want to fly a kite? Here’s a story about this fun activity:
Public numbers Advanced Story
What’s a public number? And why would you care? Here’s a short story about them:
Online Chinese courses All Learning Reviews
Want to learn Chinese online? Here are some courses you can buy (or watch for free):
The Most Recommended Online Chinese Courses
Because of limitations due to time, location, or a lack of teachers, more and more students are turning to online…
Drip drip drip Beginner Story
How can you deal with a leaky pipe?
Badminton Beginner Culture
Badminton is a great sport, and is particularly popular in China. Here is some background and vocabulary you can use to describe it:
Talking about Badminton in Chinese
Badminton by booizzy from Flickr.com is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 One of the things I like about China the most is…
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