Don’t misrepresent yourself in Chinese court!权利 vs. 权益

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Rights of any kind (legal, human, etc.) is way too difficult an issue that we’re not smart enough to cover at our blog. But what we can do is help you master the Chinese words for “rights”: 权利 (quánlì) and

Essential Chengyu: Are you just happy or 兴高采烈?

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高兴 (gāoxìng – happy) is a useful word you learned in first year Chinese, but perhaps it’s time that you found synonyms that let you express yourself with more nuance? We have one for you: 兴高采烈 (xìnggāocǎiliè).

The next time …

Bet you don’t know the difference between 签名 and 签字

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Today we compare two words that both involve writing things: 签名 (qiānmíng) and 签字 (qiānzì). If you think the difference is that one means to sign your name, while the other means to write anything, then you’re in good company. …

How do you say wealth in Chinese? 财产 vs. 财富

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Today we break down 2 words that are both used in the context of wealth: 财产(cáichǎn) and 财富 (cáifù)。They might seem similar but are actually used very differently.

财产 (cáichǎn) literally means “property” and is used in a narrow sense

Chinese Slang: How do you say “girly” in Chinese? 娘

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Today we bring you a Chinese slang word that is short but sweet: 娘.

娘 (niáng) traditionally has the following meanings:

  1. mother or mom
  2. form of address for older married woman
  3. a young woman (eg. 姑娘 – gūniang – ie.

Essential Chengyu: A great word for tenacity and effort – 千方百计

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Today we cover a chengyu that is a great word for conveying tenacity and effort: 千方百计 (qiānfāngbǎijì).

The next time you want to tell your Chinese client / professor / S.O. the great lengths you went for the  project / …

Essential Chengyu: The best way to learn Chinese? 破釜沉舟(sink your boats)!

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For our second post in our series on Need to Know Chengyu (Chinese idiomatic expressions usually 4 characters long), we will be covering a chengyu that is near and dear to our entrepreneurial and Chinese learning hearts: 破釜沉舟 (pòfǔchénzhōu).…