Month: March 2022

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10 Funny Chinese Phrases to Sound Like a Native Mandarin Speaker

This article will introduce you to the top 10 most popular funny Chinese phrases to use in daily life, and of course, they can turn you into a comedian!  1. 你吃错药了吗?(Nǐ chī cuò yào le ma?) This Chinese phrase can be translated to “Did you eat the wrong medicine?” in English. In other words, it’s a way of saying, “What’s wrong with you?” You can use this phrase when you think someone’s acting strange.  2. 沉鱼落雁 (chén yú, luò yàn) In Chinese, she’s not just drop-dead gorgeous. She could be “dazzling enough to make the fish drown, and the geese …

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Discover the Most Popular Chinese Tattoo Symbols and Meanings

Chinese tattoo designs have been increasingly in vogue and famous in the Western world for the last decade. Chinese tattoo symbols are not merely designs or shapes that look good. They tell tales of folklore and represent Chinese culture and history. Each symbol carries a deeper meaning and is representative of Chinese culture.  However, Chinese is a difficult language, so you should ensure that you understand the meanings of Chinese tattoo symbols before getting one. This article will reveal the most popular and finest Chinese tattoo symbols and meanings for men and women. Read on to find out!  Chinese character …

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The Insect Radical 虫: Overview, Mnemonics and Vocabulary

Welcome to our Pandanese radical series! For those who are out of the loop, Chinese radicals are very important and useful for every Chinese learner. It’s because Chinese radicals often give you a hint of what the character means or how it sounds.  In today’s article, we’ll introduce you to the insect radical, what it is, how to memorize it, and the vocabulary related to the insect radical. What is the insect radical? In Chinese, the radical for insect is pronounced as “chóng” and written as 虫. This radical is composed of 6 strokes and is listed as radical 142 …

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The Foot Radical 足: Overview, Mnemonics and Vocabulary 

One of the most effective ways to master Chinese is learning and understanding radicals.  This is common advice that almost all newbie Chinese-language learners hear when they start out on their Mandarin journey.  Why is that?  This is because radicals appear in every Chinese character, often giving you a hint of what the character means or how it sounds. We have some useful blog posts to explain the importance of learning Chinese radicals, so check them out if you want to know more about them: What Are Chinese Radicals? Why Are They Important? 3 Things You Wish You Knew about …

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Your Complete Guide to Different Types of Chinese tea

Your Complete Guide to Different Types of Chinese Tea

For several people, nothing beats a great cup of tea in the morning. Its pleasant, pure flavor instills a sense of peace and concentration. But maybe only a few of us know that this graceful beverage originates from China. Chinese tea has a long history from ancient times, keeps a central place in Chinese traditional culture, and attaches great importance to spiritual enjoyment and ethics.  As China is the hometown of tea, there are various types of Chinese tea. Each comes with a different level of fermentation and manufacturing. This article will walk you through the history of Chinese tea …

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The 5 Amazing Chinese Speaking Jobs and Where to Find Them

Would you like to start a career that would allow you to put your Mandarin Chinese talents to use? If so, here’s the good news: If you’ve passed the HSK exam (The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi – Chinese Proficiency Test), you’ll have a broad list of potential jobs to consider. Numerous careers demand Chinese language abilities, ranging from educating students in Mandarin Chinese to working in the public sector. And many of them pay well. Doesn’t it sound good? Let’s explore the top 5 excellent Chinese speaking jobs and how to get these positions in this article.  The top 5 most …

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 5 Amazing Chinese TV Shows to Help You Improve Your Chinese

Did you know that you can improve your Chinese A LOT from watching Chinese TV shows? Does it sound too good to be true?  Well, here’s the good news. Watching Chinese TV shows is actually an amazing way to improve your Chinese, especially your reading and listening skills. It also helps you learn new vocabulary and experience the language in a very engaging way.  There are a plethora of resources to explore — you can easily find lots of Chinese TV shows and films on YouTube, Netflix, or other streaming platforms. Most of them come with Chinese characters subtitle, which …

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Chinese Dating: How to Overcome the Communication Gap

Relationships are not easy, and it’s even more complex when both parties don’t speak the same language!  Communication difficulties and cultural differences could cause problems and bring troubles to your relationship. For example, what if you unknowingly said something considered rude in Chinese to your partner? Or simply when one of you doesn’t understand what the other wants for dinner. Despite the language barriers, many people have great, fulfilling relationships and marriages with their foreign significant other. That proves it’s not impossible! To help you overcome communication issues with your Chinese partner quickly, we’ve put together four practical tips that …

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The Top 10 Most Popular Sports in China BONUS Chinese Vocabulary List for Sports

China is not just an economic powerhouse, this country is one of the world’s strongest competitors for sports. The worth of the sports industry in China increases each year, reaching around 2.7 trillion yuan (around 427.384 billion USD) in 2020. The government greatly supports sports in China to grow citizens’ interest in improving physical activities to become a strong nation in this aspect. In fact, Chinese people are enthusiastic about numerous activities and exercises.  This article will give you a closer look at the most popular sports in China, together with a Chinese vocabulary list for other kinds of sports.  …

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New at Pandanese: The Synonym Feature

Gone are the days when the Chinese language was hardly spoken outside of countries that called it their mother tongue. Today, Chinese has become one of the most spoken languages in the world, second only to English, with nearly 200 million second-language speakers.  People learn Chinese for different reasons. For language-lovers, it could be because they want to be exposed to one of the oldest existing languages. For those who are interested in culture, it could be because they’re tempted by the mysterious and interesting Chinese culture and traditions. There are also people looking for career opportunities because China is …

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