Essential Chengyu: What do we hope to do with FluentU? 开天辟地


At FluentU, we’re trying to create a whole new way to learn Chinese. You could say it’s nothing short of 开天辟地 (kāi tiān pì dì). 

开天辟地 (kāi tiān pì dì) basically means to do something historic and unprecedented. Literally …

Essential Chengyu: Our blog’s target audience? Learners who 全力以赴

Learn Chinese - Need to Know Chengyu 8 - Quanliyifu

People sometimes ask who our target audience is. We have a longer answer here, but simply put, we’re serving those who are really passionate about learning Chinese and 全力以赴 (quán lì yǐ fù).

全力以赴 basically means to give it

Essential Chengyu: A chengyu for the dining room table – 津津有味


Food is a big part of Chinese culture. Unfortunately, you may find yourself overusing 好吃 (hǎochī – delicious), the word you learned after 你好 (nǐhǎo). Here’s a chengyu you can use next time you’re eating: 津津有味 (jīnjīnyǒuwèi).

津津有味(jīnjīnyǒuwèi)means to eat

How to say someone looks refined in a scholarly sort of way – 文绉绉


Some Chinese people wear glasses. If asked to describe those people, you might simply say “他戴眼镜” (tā dài yǎnjìng – he wears glasses) or “他看起来很聪明” (tā kànqǐlái hěn cōngmíng – he looks smart). But if you want to express yourself

How to say “that’s a bit of a stretch” – 牵强


There may have been days when you wanted to tell your Chinese friend, “that’s a bit of a stretch” or “give me a break.” At those times, you probably got by with a weak substitute, eg. “真的吗?” (zhēnde ma? – …

Chinese Learning Tips – 6 Reasons to Learn Chinese with Authentic Content


Throughout our blog, we focus on observing words as they are used “in the wild,” ie. as they are used by Chinese people in real life. This is deliberate. We think that authentic material is “good for you” in the

Essential Chengyu: A Chengyu for love, parties, and revolutions – 轰轰烈烈


Today’s Chengyu can describe love, movies, and revolutions. No, it’s not 热情 (rè qíng – passion). Impress your Chinese friends with a more nuanced phrase – 轰轰烈烈. 轰轰烈烈 (hōng hōng liè liè) is a word without a direct English counterpart.