I have a secret to share with you. It’s embarrassing, but I want the best for our readers. It’s how I broke through Chinese learning plateaus. What’s my secret? Hours upon hours of Chinese dating shows and the Chinese version of “Sex and the City.” My point? Not that you should watch those shows, but [...]
Archive | November, 2011
Have you ever shared something great on Facebook, only to have no one like it? Maybe what you shared wasn’t actually that great. Or maybe your friends lack your taste and sophistication. Maybe it was a case of 对牛弹琴(duì niú tán qín). 对牛弹琴 (duì niú tán qín) basically means “to cast pearls before swine” or “to preach [...]
Have you been to a Chinese casino? If not, you should check one out – they’re so colorful and glitzy that they make Western ones seem quiet and subdued in comparison! If you go, we can’t guarantee that you’ll make money, but they’ll definitely make you 眼花缭乱(yǎn huā liáo luàn). 眼花缭乱(yǎn huā liáo luàn) is [...]
Have you ever been talked into buying something you didn’t want? Or doing something you didn’t want to do? Then you probably know what it’s like to be smooth talked with 花言巧语 (huā yán qiǎo yǔ). 花言巧语 (huā yán qiǎo yǔ) refers to words that sound nice but are deceiving and artful. Literally, it means “flowery [...]
If you’re into hip-hop music and culture, you may be familiar with the phrase “word is bond.” According to the Urban Dictionary: It’s “short for “My word is my bond”. You’re saying that what you’re saying is true and without reproach.” It means “that you’d stake your life on what you say, and stand behind your [...]
If you’ve noticed, our blog never promises results in 5 minutes a day. And we never will, because we still believe that old school values like hard work are the key to success in Chinese (as in other areas in life). If you’re also old school, you may like this chengyu: 脚踏实地 (jiǎo tà shí dì). [...]
Have you heard this love story before? Two strangers work and live near each other. They’re perfect for each other, but as fate has it, they keep barely missing each other until one moment where they magically meet each other and fall in love. It turns out there is a chengyu that’s perfect for this [...]
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