Essential Chengyu: If you want to become fluent, don’t 半途而废


Is there a shortcut to Chinese fluency?

If you’ve been reading our blog, you probably know our position already: no. There are ways to …

Chinese Slang: “Leftover Girls” and “Diamond Wangs”


We couldn’t make this up if we tried.

A new Chinese slang word has emerged in recent years that literally means “leftover girls.” It’s …

Essential Chengyu: Another way to say “Cute”


It’s time that you learned another way to say “cute” aside from “可爱 (kě ‘ ài),” which you probably learned in first year Chinese.

Use the right “experience” at your Chinese job interview


It seems like everyone is interviewing for a job in China these days. And such interviews are often in Chinese. One word will separate

Essential Chengyu: How to say “spur of the moment” – 心血来潮


Telling a story can be a major challenge in Chinese. Next time you’re telling your Chinese friend how you ended up in China, or

Chinese Slang: How to say someone is making a fool out of himself


The original Chinese phrase for “making a fool out of yourself” is 闹笑话 (nào xiào hua). But a Chinese singer unwittingly invented new Chinese

Chinese Slang 101: Chinese geeks and nerds – 宅男


Did you know there are more Chinese internet users than there are Americans? You can bet that many of them are 宅男 (zháinán).