Author Archive | Christina

Clearing Up Your Behind: 然后vs之后vs以后

Gah, sometimes it can get a bit confusing when the translations are about the same but there is a subtle difference in meaning. With 然后, 以后 and 之后, they all mean “after” or “behind” in English, yet there are …

How to Use 囧 in Chinese Slang (and What Does It Mean?)

When I first came across the character  (jiǒng), I couldn’t tell if it was a real one since it looked so different—like a crying face emoji. Ironically, 囧 originally means “bright.” But today, it’s a way to express feeling …

Clothing in Chinese: 76 Terms for Attire and Accessories

Identifying different (yī fu) or clothes in Chinese is essential (and common) in the day-to-day. Whether you’re shopping for a new pair of jeans or telling your friend they have a spaghetti stain on their tee, there are plenty of …

8 Must-know Qingming Festival Words in Chinese

The Qingming Festival (清明节 — qīng míng jié) is an over 2,500-year-old holiday where families pay respect to their deceased ancestors. It involves tomb sweeping, spring outings and kite flying. The families also bring the person’s favorite wine …

14 Chinese Words with 心 for Valentine’s Day

Similar to English, tons of Chinese words and phrases feature “heart,” or 心 (xīn). So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (情人节 — qíng rén jié), we’ll be sharing a few of them. Discover 14 Chinese words featuring …

201314: Love You Forever

Though not an official holiday, on Jan 4th 2013, there’s something called “爱你一生一世” in China. This holiday got its name because the date, 二零一三一四 (èr líng yī sān yī sì – 2013.1.4.) sounds like “爱你一生一世” (ài nǐ yī …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Pete Jackson

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Pete Jackson. In his own words: Hi, my name is Pete Jackson. I’m originally from Warwickshire in the UK, and I currently live in Shanghai, where I edit …