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15 Mandarin Slang Words Your Chinese Textbook Isn’t Teaching You

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If someone told you to “belt up,” would you know what they meant?

Or what if they called what you were doing “cheeky”?


Chinese Onomatopoeia: How to Tic Toc, Snore, Giggle and More in Chinese

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Have you ever wondered if cats still “meow” or if dogs still “woof in Chinese?

Onomatopoeias are a playful and

Easy as ABC: 8 Foolproof Tips for Learning Chinese Faster

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Did you hear about the guy who learned to play piano in a day?

Me neither.

It takes patience and investment to learn to …

Your Shortcut for Learning to Read in Chinese: 15 Common Phonetics and Radicals

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Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up one day and find out you could effortlessly read Chinese?

Well, that didn’t happen to me …

Meet Your New Online Guilty Pleasure: 6 Chinese Dramas You’ll Absolutely Love Watching

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Treat yourself to some guilty pleasure television shows.

You know what I’m talking about.

We may never want to admit to our friends that …

Chinese Euphemisms: The Advanced Phrases You Need for Smooth Sailing Through 15 Delicate Topics

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Imagine you’re talking with a friend.

All of a sudden, she blurts out “I killed my dog last night.”

What?! You’re shocked—and quite …

The Top Chinese Talk Radio Stations to Give You Mandarin Ears

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Have you watched every Chinese movie you can get your hands on?

Are you a master at impressing your Chinese friends with knowing the …