Another month has flown by and that means we’ve tweeted another 20 or so language tweets via our Twitter account @FluentU. As always, our aim is to provide you guys with useful, relevant, yet fun and interesting, words and expressions that stick. Oh, and how do we know what’s relevant? We find our words via [...]
Archive | April, 2012
Suffering from back pain? Instead of going to see the doctor, how about going to the ATM to find some money to count? Chinese netizens are buzzing over an award-winning scientific finding by researchers at Zhongshan University that counting money can relieve pain. You can read their comments under the hashtag: #数钱可以缓解疼痛#(shǔ qián kě yǐ huǎn jiě [...]
We’re proud to present our new FluentU demo video! (If you are having trouble watching the video above, then you can watch it here.) If this is the first time you’re hearing about FluentU, FluentU helps you learn Chinese through the web’s best online videos — anything from music videos and movie trailers, to news and inspiring talks. [...]
Do you know these 3 ways to say funny: 好笑 ， 可笑， 幽默 ? How about the differences between them? They might sound similar but they’re actually different – don’t get them mixed up! The best place to start is with 好笑 (hǎo xìao). 好笑 (hǎo xìao) is the most basic, vanilla way to say “funny.” It’s a [...]
For the fifth entry in our Lessons in Learning Chinese series we interviewed Chris Hubbard, a reader of the blog and expat living in Taipei, Taiwan. Chris is a great example of someone who’s taken language learning into their own hands. After coming to Taipei to learn Chinese, Chris started out at a local university’s language [...]
You don’t see this every day: A real-life batman in a Lamborghini “Batmobile” pulled over on the highway for not having a valid license plate. Though he hasn’t fully followed the law, you can tell that the police in the video rather like Batman. And you know why: because he’s 与众不同 (yǔ zhòng bù tóng). 与众不同 [...]
A Chinese analyst tweeted that Apple CEO Tim Cook was apparently very happy on his recent trip to China. Why? “Because he saw a lot of people on the streets using iPhones.” “There are iPhone3, iPhone4, iPhone4S, as well as iPhone5 and iPhone6. There are [iPhones] with three-inch screens, four-inch screens, five-inch screens, single-screens and [...]
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