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Chinese Tongue Twisters 绕口令(rào kǒu lìng)

Chinese Tongue Twisters 绕口令(rào kǒu lìng)

Where to search for Chinese Tongue Twisters One of the best ways to practice your Chinese pronunciation is to learn some Chinese tongue twisters. Not only will it help you to pronounce individual words, it will also help with comprehension, increase your vocabulary and most importantly, help you to perfect those Chinese tones! If you search on the web there…read more →

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary ... cards!

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary … cards!

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary Christmas is just around the corner and this year, inspired by the success of our Building Blocks, we decided to give you a special present: a Chinese Christmas Vocabulary made of all the most useful words that will help you to talk about your traditions with your Chinese friends. Let’s get started! If you want some advice,…read more →

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

I started learning Mandarin Chinese more than five years ago. I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me on the street, but of course they just kept talking. I thought I should probably start trying to learn some Chinese vocabulary, just to make my life easier in China. I was teaching in Dongguan, the biggest factory town in Guangdong province, Southern…read more →

Thanksgiving Day Chinese Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Day Chinese Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Day Chinese Vocabulary Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States and in Canada when families gather together to share festive meals, enjoy parades, and watch football matches and TV shows. In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada nearly one month and a half earlier, on the second Monday of…read more →

Chinese Vocabulary: Nintendo

Chinese Vocabulary: Nintendo

If you grew up during the 90’s and enjoyed video games, you were likely under the same influence as yours truly when you got your first Nintendo Entertainment System (红白机 hóngbáijī, lit. Red and White Machine). Ever since then Nintendo (任天堂 rèntiāntáng) has remained a powerhouse with a plethora of famous video games, which are both family-friendly and memorable, due to…read more →

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY IN MANDARIN

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY IN MANDARIN

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY IN MANDARIN Halloween night is just around the corner and it’s a great time to expand your Chinese vocabulary with some typical wicked words you might hear or need to use during this spooky holiday: USEFUL HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY WORDS: Halloween= 万圣节(wànshèngjié) Literally “Ten Thousand Saints Festival” Costume = 服装 (fúzhuāng) Halloween Mask =面具 (miàn jù) Trick or Treat? = 不给糖就捣蛋 (bùgĕitáng jiùdăodàn) If you don’t give me the candies, I…read more →