What will your 2012 be like? A pivotal year with big decisions to be made? If so, don’t forget to take a moment to 深思熟虑 (shēn sī shú lǜ). 深思熟虑 (shēn sī shú lǜ) means to think deeply and carefully about something. It’s a positive Chinese idiom. A breakdown of the characters in 深思熟虑(shēn sī shú [...]
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Did you hear about the 12 year old Chinese CEO? Tian Zhonghe taught himself how to program. Then he disguised his voice to hire a team of 11 employees. Then he raised 2,000 Yuan and earned 30,000 in 4 months. But then tragedy struck: his voice disguising software malfunctioned. His team left him. His empire [...]
Do you know the 3 nakeds in Chinese slang? If not, would you like to get to know them? Chinese Slang’s Naked #1: 裸婚 (luǒ hūn) – “Naked Wedding” It means getting married with nothing but a wedding certificate and literally means “naked (裸 – luǒ) wedding (婚 - hūn).” Perhaps the best way to explain this is in [...]
To become fluent in Chinese, a large vocabulary is obviously key. And for a strong vocabulary, there’s no substitute for hard work. But if you’re studying hard, why not also learn more effectively? Here’s a simple tip for learning vocab faster: themed Chinese vocab word lists. A themed Chinese vocab word list is basically a [...]
There are tough negotiators. And then there are people who you can’t give any concessions to. Give them an inch and they’ll take a yard. Or as the Chinese would say, they would 得寸进尺 (dé cùn jìn chǐ). 得寸进尺 (dé cùn jìn chǐ) describes someone who’s so greedy that if you give them a little [...]
The Chinese also have an idiom for “just a drop in the bucket.” Except it involves cows. And hair. 九牛一毛 (jiǔ niú yì máo) literally means “9 cows and 1 strand of cow hair” and it indicates something that’s so small that it’s like one strand of cow hair among 9 cows. A breakdown of [...]
Our Chinese vocabulary word list today has everything from “Santa” to “wrapping paper” to “New Year’s resolutions.” Hope you find it useful this holiday season! Christmas – People or Tangible Objects angel —— 天使 —— tiān shǐ Bethlehem —— 伯利恒 —— bó lì héng candle —— 蜡烛 —— là zhú candy cane —— 拐杖糖 —— guǎi zhàng táng cellophane [...]
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