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Should I Learn Mandarin? Honest Insights From A Self-study Chinese Learner

In all honesty, the reason for learning a language depends on each individual. You might need to learn a language for your work or school. Some of us might not have a practical need to learn a language at all.  Many people think that languages like Chinese which use complex characters for their writing are more difficult to learn. But is learning the language as hard as it seems?  Should I learn Mandarin in the first place? We’ll answer these questions throughout this article based on our interview with Rachel, a Chinese drama enthusiast, and language lover. She has a …

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The Ice Radical 冫: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

It’s such a hot summer. I’d better go to the ice skating rink! Speaking of ice, do you know how it’s written in Chinese? The ice radical 冫bīng appears in many characters associated with ice or cold. Read on to learn about the ice radical, how to memorize it with fun mnemonics, and a list of useful vocabulary. What is the ice radical? In Chinese, the radical 冫bīng refers to “ice.” It’s often used in characters with meanings related to ice, physical cold, or a cold attitude. The ice radical 冫bīng is composed of 2 strokes and listed as radical …

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The Most Helpful Chinese Words And Phrases For Traveling To China

If you’re planning a trip to China, it’s necessary to learn some essential Chinese words and phrases before going. Knowing some handy phrases helps you prevent getting lost, social awkwardness, and misunderstandings. It will also allow you to build great new connections with Chinese people and make your trip more memorable.  This article will introduce you to the essential Chinese words and phrases you need to know before traveling to China. We’ve also divided them into the most basic categories, such as transportation-related, accommodation-related, and restaurant-related vocabulary lists for your convenience.  Most commonly used Chinese words and phrases to know …

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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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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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 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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What You Should Know About the Beijing Dialect

The capital of China, Beijing, is brightened by its glorious scenery. It’s the home to famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, to name a few. Breathtaking sites are not the only thing that draws the attention of visitors to travel to the capital. The culture, food, or unique Beijing dialect all trigger outsiders’ curiosity and make them want to pay a visit to the place. Though Beijing dialect shares many similarities to Mandarin Chinese, it still has a lot of distinguishing features, such as the use of “érhuà” 儿化 (rhotacization) or colloquial …

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Best Tips To Learn Chinese In 5 Minutes – How To Study Chinese When You Are Too Busy

We all have those days when we’re just too busy, with all our time and energy being spent on family, friends, or work. And if you study Chinese, days like that can be a problem! You need to find or make the time when it comes to learning Chinese; there’s just no other way to improve. Even studying for 5 minutes can make a huge difference! How on earth can you study Chinese in only 5 minutes, I hear you ask. Read on and find out! This post will show how and give you the best tips for studying Chinese …

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