Got any favorite blogs you follow?
But—are you following any blogs written in Chinese?
There are so many awesome, attractive blogs in Chinese out there, where you can absorb more of the language while you’re browsing for fun.
In fact, Chinese blogs are excellent materials for practicing reading in Chinese. They contain daily-life vocabulary, common expressions and popular sentence structures. Plus you can easily find content on hot topics that are interesting to you, which completely takes care of the engagement factor.
New to learning Chinese with blogs? We’ll give you the full guide here, with a list of 11 recommended blogs in Chinese to get you started.
Why Blogs in Chinese Are Excellent Language Learning Resources
- Blogs discuss real-life topics and popular content. Unlike textbooks that sometimes contain dated material or fake conversations, blogs talk about topics relevant now. This helps you have material for conversations in real life, so you can discuss recent news and trending topics with other Chinese speakers. So not only will you learn more Chinese language, you’ll improve your cultural social skills too. Bonus!
- Blogs contain everyday vocabulary. Since many blogs focus on popular culture, they use common vocabulary that native speakers use daily. This means you’ll learn vocabulary you can apply and use right away.
- Blogs use popular expressions and common sentence structures. Similar to the real-life vocabulary, blogs also contain popular expressions and common sentence structures. This will be useful when you converse in Chinese or do any writing, such as writing emails or posting on social media.
- Blogs are fun to read. Who wants to read another history article or poem from 500 years ago when you can read about fashion, movies, new gadgets and the latest news? Chinese blogs are easily one of the more entertaining and relevant ways to study Chinese. We’ll show you how!
How to Learn Chinese Through Reading Chinese Blogs
- Use the help of online translation sites and apps. Unless you already have native speaking fluency, you won’t know everything in Chinese, so make use of online tools. Try MBDG.net, which gives traditional and simplified characters, Mandarin pinyin, Cantonese pinyin, audio pronunciation and English definitions. Here are some more great translation apps.
- Choose topics you like. You’ll be much more motivated to read blogs if they speak to your interests. So there’s no need to force yourself to read Chinese business news when what you really love is the environment, for example. When you read topics that you love, not only will it will feel less like studying, but you’ll also remember new words better.
- Record vocabulary, phrases and sentence structures learned. You won’t retain much of what you learn if you don’t write it down somewhere and regularly review. So jot down any new phrases or colloquialisms for future review and application. If you read one post a week, for example, schedule a weekly review as well, 3-4 days after you first read the post.
- Set some goals. Specific goals will keep you on track and committed to learning. For example, aim to write down five new vocabulary words or phrases for every blog post you read. Or, aim to read two blog posts per week and review your new words once a week.
- Interact with content you like. Share posts that you like on social media with other Chinese readers. Remember to include a brief description or comment of your own along with your post—it’s a low-pressure chance to write briefly in Chinese. Why not challenge yourself? Start commenting on Chinese blog posts. Who knows, you might even start a Chinese conversation with the writer or with other readers. Interacting with content will definitely motivate you to keep following the blogs.
How to Search for Blogs in Chinese
Search for Chinese blogs in Google by using the search term “部落格” (bù lùo gé), meaning “blog.” You can also pair it with search terms related to your topic of interest, such as 时装 (shí zhuāng — fashion), or 美食 (měi shí — food).
Here’s a quick list of search terms to use:
- Blog — 部落格 (bù lùo gé)
- Fashion — 时装 (shí zhuāng)
- Food — 美食 (měi shí)
- Tech — 新技术 (xīn jì shù)
- News — 新闻 (xīn wén)
- China mainland — 国内 (gúo nèi)
- Taiwan — 台湾 (tái wān)
- Hong Kong — 香港 (xiāng gǎng)
- Bilingual Chinese-English — 中英雙語 (zhōng yīng shuāng yǔ)
11 Blogs in Chinese to Make You a Chinese Language Pro
China Dialogue is a bilingual news and societal issues blog. It actually has every article in both English and Chinese, which makes it an excellent study tool.
It features very thought-provoking, relevant articles that are useful for discussions, class presentations and re-posting on social media. For example, some recent posts are, “Can traditional Chinese medicine end cruelty to China’s bears?” and “Dying for an iPhone: the lives of Chinese workers.” Consider this blog a must-read for socially conscious Chinese learners.
Omy is a Chinese-English bilingual blog from Singapore. It’s a lifestyle magazine, and it also has many shareable articles for your timeline. It features light reading on topics like news, showbiz, food and lifestyle tips.
A recent article, for example, explains how to manage “greasy-head” syndrome: “油性头发应少梳头？教你轻松摆脱“油头”” (yóu xìng tóu fā yīng shǎo shū tóu？jiào nǐ qīng sōng bǎi tūo“ yóu tóu” — Should you brush your hair less if your hair tends to be oily? Tips on getting rid of “greasy head”).
Beyond Chopsticks is a Chinese-English bilingual food and cooking blog by Canadian food connoisseurs Stephanie and Henry Yuen.
It features restaurant reviews for Vancouver, BC area, as well as wine reviews and food travel articles covering Japan, Hong Kong and beyond. This blog is a great read for you foodies out there.
4. 楊桃美食 (yáng táo měi shí)
楊桃美食 (“Starfruit Foodie”) is a fully Chinese food and travel blog. It features amazing, mouth-watering Chinese recipes, and equally mouth-watering food photography.
It’s a great blog for Chinese learners who love to cook. Here’s a fun way to test your Chinese: follow a Chinese recipe.
Crossing is a Chinese blog on global issues. It’s an online world culture magazine, featuring beautiful travel photos and stories about people from different cultures.
Guest bloggers from all over the world share their interesting local experiences and perspectives on this site. It’s a really cool resource for Chinese learners who are interested in travel and crossing cultures.
Business Weekly Taiwan is the Chinese blog belonging to the magazine Business Weekly. It has a special section of inspirational entrepreneur success stories, which is great for learners of business or workplace Chinese.
It also features finance, tech and education news, which will help you be in-the-know when it comes to Asian economics and society. You can use this blog to learn business, tech and finance vocabulary.
Playstation Asia is a Chinese blog for gaming news. It’s also Playstation’s official Chinese blog which offers gaming news and tips. Here, you can learn Chinese gaming, tech and Internet vocabulary. It’s a great blog for Chinese learners who moonlight as pro-gammers.
Happy Cloud is a personal travel blog with a journal of travel experiences in Europe and Asia. It has great photographs of food and travel destinations.
You can use this blog to learn vocabulary for country and city names, which are very important to know for real-life conversation, but are often overlooked by students.
Alpha Sports Training is a fitness and body building blog. It features articles on diet and exercise regime, and takes inspiration from real-life athletes and martial arts superstars like Bruce Lee. You can learn Chinese health and physiology terms here.
10. Fashion Guide
Fashion Guide is a girly blog about shopping, fashion and make-up tips. It also has a “top 100 fashion blogs list,” so you can use it as a resource to find even more personal blogs by fashionistas.
This blog can teach you retail, clothing and beauty-related Chinese terms. You’ll also encounter Chinese names of international designer fashion, cosmetics and fragrance brands.
11. Daily View
Daily View is a pop culture site that has a good variety of everything you might seek in a blog: celebrity news, current events, lifestyle tips, dating advice, updates on TV dramas and more.
It’s a one-stop blog for Chinese articles on almost every popular and trending topic. You’ll learn Chinese lifestyle and pop culture terms, as well as names of celebrities and names of the latest shows and movies.
With this list and guide as your starter, we hope you’ll have fun dipping your toes into Chinese blogs. Who knows, you might end up diving in head first and uncover plenty of other gems to devour!
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