Our blog is expanding to also cover Beginner Chinese. We’ll keep focusing on to-the-point explanations and real-world examples. And we’ll keep scratching those hard-to-scratch itches. To start, we’ll have 3 series for Beginner Chinese: Chinese Grammar Tips: where we break down tricky Chinese grammar. Chinese Slang 101: where we help beginners learn must-know Chinese slang. [...]
Archive | January, 2012
Are you eating the same things all the time at Chinese restaurants? Are your Chinese friends not impressed anymore when you order Chinese food? If so, maybe it’s time you got out of your Chinese food ordering rut. To that end, we’ve put together this Chinese food vocabulary word list here for Shanghai cuisine. We’ve [...]
For 49 year-old billionaire Long Liyuan, it was just a lunch to talk business and eat cat meat. Little did he know that it would be his last. A local official allegedly laced the cat meat with toxic herbs. You can just imagine the official’s expression while offering Long the cat meat. The Chinese idiom [...]
2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Do you know what the dragon symbolizes for Chinese people? The dragon has been a sacred creature since ancient times. It is the king of beasts and represents strength, wisdom, rule, and unlimited potential. Chinese people still consider themselves descendants of the dragon. How about 7 commonly used [...]
We all love people who are 厉害 (lì hai – awesome). China also has a long history of monarchic rulers. And so, some Chinese slang combines the two — along with three activities that take up a lot of time for young people: test-taking, interviewing, and karaoke. 1) 考霸 (kǎo bà): Test Master 考霸 (kǎo bà) refers [...]
Are you off to a strong start for 2012? Then don’t forget to keep pushing for a strong finish. Because otherwise you’d just end up with 虎头蛇尾 (hǔ tóu shé wěi). 虎头蛇尾 (hǔ tóu shé wěi) literally means a “tiger head” and “snake tail,” and means that you start off strong, but finish weak. A breakdown [...]
A collection of our best posts from 2011, according to you (and me too): 10. Business Chinese vocab word list: Job titles and positions Perhaps not our most creative post, but many of you found this “super useful.” We’ll have more word lists coming! 9. Essential Chengyu: Warren Buffett’s favorite OK, I never actually got to [...]
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