How to say plan – 计划 vs. 规划

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In English, we use the word “plan” in all contexts, whether it’s our “vacation plans” or the “economic recovery plan.” By contrast, in Chinese

When you’re feeling defiant – 不服

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Today we cover a word that is truly Chinese. It has no direct English counterpart and using it will make your Chinese sound more …

Essential Chengyu: When 努力 is not enough – 力所能及

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One of the first phrases that intermediate Chinese learners learn may be “努力” (nǔ lì), which means “to try.” If you’ve been saying 努力 …

How do you say you “lack” something? 缺少 vs 缺乏

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No doubt that you’ve often seen 缺少 (quēshǎo) and 缺乏 (quēfá) being used, but have you ever stopped to consider their subtle differences in …