Traditional Activities for the Chinese New Year – Part 1

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From the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month, it has begun to enter the new year period. Until the 15 January of the lunar year, almost every day has a different New Year customs. Today let's see the 1st part!   腊月二十三——小年 Làyuè èr shí sān - xiǎo nián 'Làyuè'...

100 Most Common Chinese Characters – Part 2

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Here are another 50 words of the TOP 100 most frequently used Chinese characters - to see the first part please click here.   Feel free to use this list as you wish!  8-)   用 yòng - v., to use 道 dào - n., road; way; path; v., to talk,...

100 Most Common Chinese Characters – Part 1

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Here are the first 50 words of TOP 100 most used Chinese characters, no matter what level you have, I'm sure they will help you a lot in your future Chinese learning! Take it, no thanks!   8-) 的 de - possessive particle used after an attribute 一 yī - n., one 是...

Have you eaten La Ba Rice Porridge?

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  Next Wednesday will be one of the Chinese traditional festivals - Laba Festival ( 24th. Jan. 2018),  8th Dec. in the lunar year. Maybe you haven't heard of it as the way we celebrate it is not as ceremonious as we do to Spring festival. The reason why we...

Why do Chinese people always drink hot water?

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Hot water - Chinese magical medicine!   It is commonly known that Chinese people love drinking hot water, it even has reached a superstitious extent. Many Chinese will drink hot/warm water or recommend his/her friends/relatives do the same thing after they fell sick/uncomfortable, ‘ You must drink a lot of...

‘才’(cái) vs ’就‘(jiù)

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    Similarities:   1. 才(cái) and 就(jiù) both can be used to reinforce the idea that the quantity is small or inferior to what is expected. It’s equal to ‘only’ in English.   Subj. + 才(cái)/就(jiù) + Quantity + Measure Word + Noun   ex: 这个班才/就八个人。 There are only...

Saying ‘YES’ in Chinese with Emotions!

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Many of my students used to ask me: do you have a general word for ‘Yes’ in Chinese? I thought for a while, then said: ‘Sorry, we don’t have.’ This is true. In Chinese, we don’t have a general word for ‘Yes’...So how do we express 'YES' if we want...

7 Chinese TV Dramas You Can’t Miss – Historical #1 (2011-2017)

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If you have been learning Chinese for many years, do you have one favourite Chinese TV show? If not, today's article will give you a list of top 7 Chinese HISTORICAL TV dramas. If you are interested in Chinese history or ancient Chinese culture, it is also worth reading it! ...

‘向’ vs ‘对’

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‘向’ and ‘对’ can both be used to indicate the object of an action.   Similarities: The verb after ‘向’ and ‘对’ can express body movements.   向/对 + 动作的对象 + 具体动词 (向/对 + The object of action + Concrete verbs)   e.g. 1. 张老师向/对小明点了点头。 Mr Zhang nodded to Xiao...

The differences between ‘会‘(huì), ‘能’(néng), ‘可以‘(kěyǐ) – All levels

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‘会’(huì),‘能’(néng), ‘可以’(kěyǐ) all mean 'can', but do you know the differences?   This grammar summary is for all levels, if you just started learning Chinese, click the 10 Common Beginner Mistakes in Chinese to get your right Chinese dessert!   能 vs 会 (néng/huì) To express the ability a. 能néng:...