The sweltering July heat didn’t slow us down here at FluentU! We were honored to be featured on premier Chinese learning blogs iLearn Mandarin and Confused Laowai, be named one of the best Chinese Twitter feeds at Hacking Chinese, and surpass 500 followers on Twitter! As we approach public launch of our amazing new video-based Chinese [...]
Archive | July, 2012
Next up in our Lessons in Learning Chinese series is Sarah Heintze. In her own words, My name is Sarah, although my friends call me Selly. You’re very welcome to use my Chinese nickname 小南瓜 (very popular among my friends!) or just use my Chinese name: 韩香萍. I’m German but I moved to Ireland seven years [...]
In the next installment of our No Nonsense Newbie Tips, lets examine another important distinction long giving Chinese learners grief. Like “I know“, “I think” is one of the very first phrases learned when studying a foreign language. In Chinese, there are two phrases with much overlap that can both be translated as “I think”- 我想 and [...]
Despite a glut of counterfeit products, Apple has been finding stunning success in China. Today, Apple looks to build on this success with the launch of the “New iPad” in China. Whether you are an Apple fanatic or stubborn skeptic, we bring you 3 chengyus to celebrate the occasion! 1. 万众瞩目- wàn zhòng zhǔ mù 万 [...]
What are five qualities a winner must possess? How could you represent them all in one character? A fascinating image circulated on Weibo this week. It is a great example of the profound and logical beauty found in so many common Chinese characters. It analyzes the five radicals which together form the character 赢 (yíng- to [...]
Next up in our Lessons in Learning Chinese series is experienced learner Dan Jones. Be sure to check out his blog here, where he posts lots of great photographs from China. In his own words: I’m from the Wales and currently teaching English at the Dalian University of Technology. I love photography, I have my own projects [...]
For the first in our series No Nonsense Newbie Tips, let’s tackle the particularly thorny issue of 知道 (zhīdào) versus 认识 (rènshi). Both approximately hover around the English “to know”, but there are very important differences between the two. There are certain circumstances where usage might be interchangeable, but more often than not you’ll want [...]
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