If you follow us on Twitter (@FluentU), you may have noticed that we’ve recently gotten into the habit of tweeting various Chinese words, expressions, slang, and idioms, along with a handy definition and example sentence. Essentially, our goal is to share some of the useful, interesting, funny, and of course – relevant, things we bump [...]
Archive | March, 2012
For the third entry in our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we had a discussion with Jacob Gill of iLearn Mandarin. The exciting twist on this interview is that Jacob is not only a language learner himself, but an aspiring Mandarin teacher as well. Jacob is currently in the process of earning an M.A. in [...]
The Knicks narrowly won their 5th straight game in a nail-biter under their new coach! And Romney seems to slowly be pulling away with the Republican nomination for the US presidency, but things were up in the air for a while. In these types of competitive situations, you can use the chengyu 不相上下 (bù xiāng shàng [...]
For the second installment in our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we’re featuring Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months. Benny is full-time language learning enthusiast who has devoted himself to learning languages effectively, enjoying himself while he does it (gasp!), and sharing his tips, tools and experiences along the way. Benny has tackled numerous [...]
Want to know the most used Chinese phrases? It’s your lucky week - the hot topic on Weibo is “What’s your pet phrase?” (#你的口头禅是什么?#) 你(nǐ): you 口头禅(kǒu tóu chán): pet phrase 是(shì): to be 什么(shén me): what The top 10 Chinese pet phrases in all their glory, based on official stats: 10. 没意思(méi yì si): boring. Eg.: “how was [...]
For the first in our Lessons in Learning Chinese series we had a conversation with Kellen Parker of Sinoglot. Kellen is a published linguist with a background in linguistics and philosophy. He spent time wrestling with languages like Albanian and Arabic before coming to China and re-focusing his efforts on Mandarin, as well as more than one Chinese dialect. [...]
On Feb 28, 楸楸 (qiū qiū) sent out a simple tweet. It went viral with over 12,700 retweets. It continues to be a hot topic (话题 – huà tí) on Weibo (#一句话证明你上过学#). The tweet? “用一句话证明你上过学” “yòng yī jù huà zhèng míng nǐ shàng guò xué” “Use One Phrase To Prove You’ve Been to School” In case you [...]
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