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Chinese Slang: Can’t take it anymore? 伤不起

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Today we cover a Chinese slang word you can use next time you have a rough week at work, in the stock market, or with your significant other: 伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ).

伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ) basically means that that you feel beaten and …

Are you ‘in the know’? 消息灵通

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Nowadays, arguably we’re better informed than ever because of social media like Weibo (China’s Twitter). As an advanced Chinese learner, do you know the word for “well-informed”? If not, we have a Chinese expression for you: 消息灵通 (xiāoxi língtōng).

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Essential Chengyu: How to describe a Macbook Air? 精益求精

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What Chinese words would you use to describe a Macbook Air? 很酷 (hěn kù – cool)?很薄 (hěn báo – thin)?How about 精益求情 (jīngyìqiújīng) 的做工(zuògōng – workmanship)?

精益求精精 (jīngyìqiújīng) basically means to be constantly striving for perfection. Literally, it means …