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


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…


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


“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)


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


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


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


“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 …