Boost your Chinese vocabulary through Themed Word Lists


To become fluent in Chinese, a large vocabulary is obviously key.

And for a strong vocabulary, there’s no substitute for hard work.

But if you’re studying hard, why not also learn more effectively?

Here’s a simple tip for learning vocab

Chinese idiom: Give an inch and they’ll take a yard

essential chengyu - give inch take yard

There are tough negotiators.

And then there are people who you can’t give any concessions to. Give them an inch and they’ll take a yard.

Or as the Chinese would say, they would 得寸进尺 (dé cùn jìn chǐ).

得寸进尺 (dé

Chinese idiom for a drop in the bucket

Chinese idiom chengyu - cows

The Chinese also have an idiom for “just a drop in the bucket.”

Except it involves cows. And hair.

九牛一毛 (jiǔ niú yì máo) literally means “9 cows and 1 strand of cow hair” and it indicates something that’s so

Chinese Vocab Word List: Christmas and New Year’s

Chinese vocabulary word list-Christmas and New Years

This Chinese vocabulary word list has everything from “Santa” to “wrapping paper” to “New Year’s resolutions.”

Hope you find it useful this holiday season!


Christmas – People or Tangible Objects

angel —— 天使 —— tiān shǐ

Bethlehem —— 伯利恒 …

Chinese idiom for defensive people: “To take someone else’s seat”


Have you ever made an innocent comment…

…only to have someone jump on you because they thought you were talking about them?

Here’s a Chinese idiom you can use to keep them at bay: 对号入座 (duì hào rù zuò).


Learn more by learning less (and this Chinese idiom)


What’s the best way to learn Chinese?

By going all out, every second you’re awake, right?

Well, not exactly.

Studies show that 90 minute sessions with short breaks is more effective than doing everything in one sitting.

So don’t overdo …

Tired of 累? Try this instead


If you’re tired of the word “tired” (累 – leì), it’s your lucky day.

We’ve got a chengyu (Chinese idiom) that’s much cooler: 有气无力(yǒu qì wú lì).

有气无力 (yǒu qì wú lì) literally means “to have breath but no strength,” …