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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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? 

Why a taxi ride in China is a must for any international students!

Public transport in most Chinese cities is just fantastic: cheap, ready and modern. Each major city has several metro lines and a dense network of buses such that each city corner can be reached with ease. And despite all these advantages, (during their obligatory China trip) each Chinese language student should definitely frequently call a …

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Eight Cuisines in China – Part 2

粤菜 – Cantonese Cuisine Cantonese food originates from Guangdong, a southern province in China. The majority of overseas Chinese people are from Guangdong(Canton), therefore Cantonese cuisine is perhaps the most widely available Chinese regional cuisine outside of China. Cantonese are known to have an adventurous palate, able to eat many different kinds of meats and …

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Eight cuisines in China – part 1

  There is a large number of different dishes in Chinese cuisine. They are distinguished by its flavor, color, taste, cooking techniques, the choice for ingredients, etc. Today, we are going to see the 4 of the 8 most influential and crucial cuisines in China!     鲁菜 lǔ cài – Shangdong Cuisine Shandong cuisine …

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What a countryside Chinese wedding should be like?

I went to my cousin’s wedding yesterday. I take this opportunity to present you several wedding customs in terms of decorations and wedding banquets. This wedding is held in the countryside of Zhejiang province (Southeast of China), the customs presented below are different from regions to regions. If you have different wedding experience before in …

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