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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 →

Pleco Review  Part II (Flashcards)

Pleco Review Part II (Flashcards)

Summary: Indispensable learning tool App content: Dictionaries – Flashcards Quick Rating Ease of Use             95%                            Fun Factor                N/A – has no Fun Factor, more a usefulness factor Value for Money   100%                           Overall                       100% Available on: Android, iOS, but not Mac and Windows PCs Popularity: Google Play: 4.6 stars, 22,118 reviews Apple Store: 4.5 stars, 4,098 reviews Cost: Varies – from…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 →

5 interesting facts about Chinese National Day

5 interesting facts about Chinese National Day

5 interesting facts about Chinese National Day   1) Chinese National Day (国庆节 Guóqìng jié) is celebrated on October 1st every year to commemorate the founding of People’s Republic of China.   2) Although the Chinese Independence Day was actually on Sept. 21 1949, in December 1949, the Chinese Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic…read more →

13 Years Old Studying Chinese in Beijing - The Parent's Story

13 Years Old Studying Chinese in Beijing – The Parent’s Story

This is Part II of the story of 13 year-old Laodice, who travelled alone to China to learn Mandarin through LTL’s special program for children and families learning Chinese. This piece is written by Laodice’s mother, Maria. Part I: Laodice’s Story can be found here.   Written by Maria Kennedy (Laodice’s mother) Sending our 12 year-old daughter on a first trip alone…read more →

Decipher App Review

Decipher App Review

Summary: Online magazine for learning Chinese App content: Articles on Chinese culture, the Chinese language, and news stories from across China Available on: Android, iOS, and online Popularity: Google Play: 4.6 stars, 1,515 reviews Apple Store: 5 stars, 23 reviews Cost: Free version includes around 30 articles, plus one free article each day. Upgrade: a monthly subscription costs £3.99/month for…read more →

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival On the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which happens to land on September 15th this year, is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a major traditional Chinese festival  which is widely celebrated in all parts of the country. Also known as “The Moon Festival”, 中秋节(zhōngqiū jié) is celebrated at that time of the year…read more →