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Chinese Listening Comprehension with TV: 5 Tips

One of the hardest things about mastering Mandarin is understanding what people are saying, or building your Chinese listening comprehension. Unlike learning a Romance or Germanic language (if you’re an English speaker), you won’t be able to pick up random bits of vocabulary here and there and follow along if you’re learning Mandarin. In other [...]

HSK 1 Vocabulary List + Excel (with 3 Free Quiz Sheets)

Contents: This page includes some essential info about the HSK 1 and provides a downloadable Excel sheet with the complete HSK 1 vocabulary. It also includes 3 quiz sheets at the bottom to help you practice. HSK 1 Introduction How Long to Study for the HSK 1 Test? HSK 1 Vocabulary List Downloadable HSK 1 Vocab [...]

Immersive Mandarin: 7 Benefits of Summer Camp for Language Learners

Chinese language courses are growing in popularity. In 2017, almost 230,000 American youths had signed up to one. Furthermore, that same source notes how the number of young Americans learning Mandarin had doubled between 2009 and 2015. Clearly, more and more young people are opting to learn Chinese as a second language. However, despite its [...]

the Most Famous Chinese Women in History!

the Most Famous Chinese Women in History It is International Women’s Day  (the 8th of March) today, let’s learn some famous women in Chinese history. Fu Hao - China’s First Female General 妇好 Fù Hǎo Fu Hao (Fù Hǎo, 妇好,died c. 1200 BC) or Lady Hao was a queen, general and high priestess of the Shang dynasty in Eastern [...]

Lantern Festival in China

Lantern Festival in China The Lantern Festival (元宵节 yuánxiāojié) in China is the last day ( traditionally) of Spring Festival (春节 Chūnjié ), falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, it is also the first full moon night in the Chinese lunar calendar. The Lantern Festival of 2019 falls on February 19. There is [...]

How Chinese People Celebrate Chinese New Year

How Chinese People Celebrate Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is celebrated for sixteen days ( from New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival ). It is on the 5th of February 2019, beginning a year of the Pig. China's public holiday will be February 4–10, 2019. How Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year?Its preparations begin [...]

Chinese New Year Legend

Chinese New Year Legend The Chinese New Year (农历新年, Nónglì Xīnnían), also known as the Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.  To the Chinese people it is as important as Christmas to people in the West. It is celebrated on the first day of the first month of [...]

How to say Merry Christmas in Chinese!

How to Say Merry Christmas in Chinese! when “Jingle Bells” is playing non-stop, a festive atmosphere everywhere in China. you’ll see many of the same decorations up: Christmas trees, Merry Christmas banners, colourful lights, and other Christmas ornaments. “Christmas Old Man” (圣诞老人 – shèng dàn lǎo rén) can be seen in shopping malls, it’s Christmas time [...]

Chinese Gift Giving taboos

Chinese Gift Giving Taboos When you study Chinese in Beijing or as a business people will likely observe the Chinese custom of giving gifts to classmates, friends, colleagues or business partners. There are some gifts that should be avoided due to cultural symbolism or the fact that that word shares a similar pronunciation to something undesirable. [...]

6 of the Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Beijing

6 of the Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Beijing Autumn is the most beautiful season in Beijing,  warm sunshine and brilliant blue sky, without the disturbance of summer heat and winter coldness, you can enjoy a most comfortable autumn to look out the blue sky and enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities.  Lets [...]