Author Archive | Alan

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


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


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).


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


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 …