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Essential Chengyu: A chengyu for the dining room table – 津津有味


Food is a big part of Chinese culture. Unfortunately, you may find yourself overusing 好吃 (hǎochī – delicious), the word you learned after 你好 (nǐhǎo). Here’s a chengyu you can use next time you’re eating: 津津有味 (jīnjīnyǒuwèi).

津津有味(jīnjīnyǒuwèi)means to eat

How to say “that’s a bit of a stretch” – 牵强


There may have been days when you wanted to tell your Chinese friend, “that’s a bit of a stretch” or “give me a break.” At those times, you probably got by with a weak substitute, eg. “真的吗?” (zhēnde ma? – …

How to say plan – 计划 vs. 规划


In English, we use the word “plan” in all contexts, whether it’s our “vacation plans” or the “economic recovery plan.” By contrast, in Chinese we have multiple words for those situations: 计划 (jìhuà) and 规划 (guīhuà).

Both 计划 and 规划