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

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

A secret technique for Chinese fluency: Sentence Mining


The hardest part of Chinese is that it feels arbitrary.

It has its own logic, but it takes trial and error to figure it …

Embrace the Embarrassing Moments | The real meaning of ‘not a good meaning’


As part of our Embrace the Embarrassing Moments series, we feature a reader’s story about an embarrassing moment from when they were learning

Essential Chengyu: Love at First Sight


Do you believe in love at first sight?

Or do you believe that love is “a temporary insanity curable by marriage”?

No matter which …

I’d stick knives in my ribs for you, man


This is probably our most violent chengyu ever.

But it’s also one of the most positive.

Use this chengyu for close friends that you’d …

5 Ways to Say “Excuse Me” in Public


Crowds are a fact of life in China.

So what do you say if you’re in a hurry and have to get past people?…