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Shanghai used book market All Culture Travel
Want to get some good deals on used books? If you’re in Shanghai, then the used book market is a great place to start:
The book market near the Temple of Confucius in Shanghai
Xuegong Jie (学宫街) and Laodaoqian Jie (老道前街) are two small streets in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The streets are…
Working together Beginner Grammar
When you do an activity with someone else, Chinese has specific grammar patterns that let you express it:
Complements of company, means, tools, topics, and directions
The complement of company indicates the person or inanimate being with which one finds in a specific circumstance or…
It’s getting cold All Culture Vocabulary
It’s cold outside, which leads us to an explanation of this period in the Chinese calendar, known as 大寒 (dà hán):
大寒 Grande Freddo / Great Cold
IL Grande Freddo è l'ultimo dei 24 termini solari del tradizionale calendario lunisolare cinese. Secondo i l calendario…
How many characters? Beginner Characters Learning
How many characters do you need to know, in order to read Chinese fluently? Here’s an explanation, or multiple explanations:
How Many Chinese Characters Do I Need To Know?
It will only take 7 minutes to read this post! So, you're wondering whether to study Chinese or not? Probably one of…
Originally… Intermediate Grammar
How can we say “originally” or “obviously” in Chinese? Here are some explanations, especially for those learning for HSK4:
Sending flowers Intermediate Vocabulary Culture
Want to get flowers for someone? If you’re in China, then realize that what and how you give can mean different things:
Sending Flowers in China: Do's and Don'ts -
The topic of how to send flowers in China came to my mind a short time ago when one of my friends told me of a student…
Work-Chinese balance All Learning
How do you balance learning Chinese with the rest of your life? Here are some thoughts on how to include Chinese with your work and school, from someone who has taught many people:
You hear a lot about the "work-life balance," and what I want to discuss here is similar, but related to Chinese…
Year of the Dog All Culture
We’re about to start the Year of the Dog. What does this mean, and how does it describe people born in this year?
Chinese New Year 2018: You Lucky Dogs!
We've come full cycle again to the Year of the Dog, known as an auspicious animal associated with good fortune. If you…
My treat! Beginner Grammar Video
Are things going well? Celebrate with others, by treating them. Here’s how you can talk about being so nice to your friends:
Pay on time Intermediate Grammar Video
Don’t forget to pay the credit card bill (and other bills, for that matter) on time. Here’s how you can discuss it in Chinese:
The three “de”s in Chiense Beginner Grammar Characters Video
The three characters 的，得 and 地 are all pronounced “de”, and have similar meanings — but they aren’t the same, as described here:
Difficult Chinese Characters Explained Simply: 的，得 and 地
The three characters 的 得 and 地 are all pronounced 'de', and they're really important in Chinese grammar. But the…
Chinese talk shows Advanced Video
You can improve your Chinese by watching talk shows. Where do you start? Here are five good ones:
5 Wildly Popular Chinese Talk Shows to Learn Conversational Mandarin
Just about every '90s kid can remember this type of glorious sick day: Home from school, lying in bed, lazily watching…
For the kids Beginner Learning
If your children are learning Chinese, what resources can help them to advance? Here are some suggestions:
A Whiz Kid in the Making! 4 Fun Ways for Kids to Learn Chinese
How often do you help your child with their homework? Do you find yourself struggling sometimes? Do they seem to figure…
Whom do you trust? All Learning
How can you decide whom to trust when it comes to learning Chinese? How can you find a good teacher and other resources? Here are some suggestions:
Whom should you trust for advice about learning Chinese?
There's a lot of advice about how to learn Chinese floating around on forums, chat groups, social media, video services…
The mouse and the cat Intermediate Story
Are you really upset, or are you just pretending? Here’s a story describing this sentiment in Chinese:
Wolves and sheep Intermediate Story
Is there really a wolf? This short story will tell you not only that, but how to behave with others:
Tone helpers All Reviews Pronunciation
How can you improve your tones in Chinese? Here are some resources you can use that are especially helpful:
Chinese Starter Kit Week 2: Tones
Tones, Tones, Tones Congrats! You've finished week one of our Chinese Starter Kit. With your pinyin foundation laid…
Saying thanks Beginner Grammar Culture
How can you thank someone for what they’ve said or done? Here are a few ways people in China do it:
AM and PM in Chinese Beginner Grammar
How do we describe AM and PM time in Chinese?
Using 又 (yòu) with two things Intermediate Grammar
How can we use 又 to describe multiple properties?
Can I use 又 to give more than two properties of something?
There is a set phrase in Cantonese which goes: 又平又靓又正 ABC Canto defines it as: STATIVE VERB (for goods or services) to…
Last year Beginner Grammar
Why don’t we say “last year” in Chinese using the same pattern as “last week” and “last month”?
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