Ling

Hi, I’m Ling, a Chinese tutor and a language learning amateur. I create this blog with a goal to help Mandarin learners and Chinese culture lovers to study and know about this language by self-learning. Welcome to visit me from time to time and give me your precious advice! Thank you!

现在(xiànzài) vs 最近(zuìjìn)

I am sure that you think the meaning of ‘最近'(zuì jìn) and ‘现在'(xiànzài) are as follows: 「现在」– now 「最近」– recently In fact, the meaning of these two words are subtle, ‘现在’ doesn’t just mean ‘now’, it also has the meaning of ‘currently’ or ‘at the present’. As for ‘最近’, what exactly the time period does …

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Hard to believe, I failed to make sweet rice dumplings again…!

  I know the lantern festival is already over, but as a southerner, I am really keen on all kinds of products made from glutinous rice.  😀 These sweet rice dumplings for instance. Black sesame balls are called ‘汤圆tāngyuán‘ in Chinese Mandarin, it is usually served as a traditional dish during the Lantern Festival(元宵节yuánxiāo jié), which …

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Simple but unforgettable, boss, give me one bowl of Gantiao noodles! | 老板,来碗干挑!

我还是记得上一次我说要做干挑面的事。 I still remembered last time I said I’d like to make the noodles from my region – 干挑面 gān tiāo miàn. 当然不是随便说说哒!  This is not a joke!  我真的做了, 哈哈哈! I made it, hahaha! 就跟我上次说的一样,这道菜是我们江浙北部的早餐之一。 As I said last time, this dish is mainly served as breakfast in the north of Zhejiang Province. One of …

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This oil is fragrant and the scent increases my appetite | 猪油的醇香真的让我胃口大开

Recently, I really want to eat some nostalgic food such as Gantiao Noodles (干挑面 gāntiāo miàn) – one of the most popular breakfast for locals in my area. However, to make an authentic gantiao noodle, lard is necessary.Therefore, this triggered me off making lard oil by myself. The process of making lard oil is quite …

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Find your Chinese countryside name!

  It is believed that giving a despicable name (贱名 jiànmíng) to a newborn child in rural areas of China will bring a smooth life to the baby, and it will also be easy to raise. Thus, how do we name a child?