Mastering Chinese Dialects: How Many Are There and Which Should You Learn?

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Picture this.

You’ve spent months (maybe even years) dreaming of going to China.

You enrolled in a few courses, downloaded a few apps and flipped through flashcards a few times each day.

Only when you finally set foot on Chinese …

Mastering the Chinese “Le”: 8 Ways to Use This Super-powered Particle

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It’s a bird…

It’s a plane…

It’s…le!

Yes, that’s right. We’re not talking about Superman here. We’re talking about Chinese grammar, and specifically, about the sentence particle 了 (le).

了 has many superpowers. It can change situations, express …

How to Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes: The Busy Learner’s Guide

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“I’m too busy.”

It’s a phrase we’ve all said a time or two before.

No matter what it is we’re trying (or dreaming) to accomplish, it simply feels like there’s never enough time in the day.

We all know …

Apology Accepted: 6 Ways to Say Sorry in Mandarin Chinese (and 4 Ways to Respond)

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Saying sorry is important.

Whether we’ve just stepped on someone’s toe, knocked over a glass of milk, arrived late for a meeting or received heartbreaking news, we apologize more than we think we do.

As a result, it’s only natural …

The 5 Best Chinese Dictionaries Online: Type, Write and Speak Your Way to Character Clarity

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It’s easy to look up an unknown word when you can at least read it.

But what do you do when you’re staring down a Chinese character that you can’t decipher at all?

When your best guess at a word …

20 Vegetables in Chinese for the Vocabulary-hungry Learner

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Di San Xian (stir-fried potatoes, eggplant and peppers).

Vegetable dumplings with sweet and sour sauce.

Steamed veggies and fried rice.

Are you hungry yet?

Chinese cuisine is not only mouth-wateringly delicious but also chock full of fresh veggies!

Whether you …

15 Chinese Proverbs About Love for the Romantic Learner

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“Who, being loved, is poor?” -Oscar Wilde

“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.” -William Shakespeare

Whether we’re deep in the throes of a passionate romance, cruising for our next crush …