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What’s funny in China? Intermediate Culture Video
Humor is often based in culture, which raises the question of what people in China consider funny. Here are some hints examples of Chinese humor, and ways you can (hopefully) make people laugh:
Using modal particles Intermediate Grammar
Chinese has many “modal particles,” characters added to what you’re saying that change the meaning or emphasis. Here are a number you can and should incorporate into your speech:
Are you OK? Beginner Expressions Video
Worried about your friend? Here’s a phrase you can use to check on him or her:
Originally and originally Advanced Grammar
The words 原来 (yuán lái) and 本来 (běn lái) both mean “originally,” but how are they used?
“Third gender” restrooms All Culture Vocabulary
How is China handling the trend toward restrooms for people who identify as neither male nor female? With some interesting new vocabulary and cultural tension:
Fundamentally Intermediate Grammar
The word 根本 (gēn běn) has to do with the root cause of something — among other meanings. Here are some more ways you can use this word:
Observe carefully Intermediate Vocabulary
The character 观 (guān) is used in a variety of words, as described here:
Breakfast food All Food
Chinese breakfast foods are a different from those we’re used to in the West; here are some examples of what you can expect to have in a Chinese morning:
Don’t ignore these things Beginner Learning
Here are some hints and ideas of what not to ignore when you’re learning Chinese:
Useful expressions Intermediate Expressions
Expressions are always fun to learn, and often to incorporate into your speech. Here are some that you might not use, but which are fun to know:
Drink too much? Intermediate Expressions
If you drank too much and have a headache in the morning, you might want to learn the word 喝过头 (hē guò tóu):
Find me a match All Culture
Chinese parents are getting nervous that their children aren’t marrying. What can they do? How about go to the “marriage market” in Shanghai:
Classic Chinese foods All Food
What foods should you try when visiting China? Here are some ideas and suggestions for what not to miss:
What’s the difference? Intermediate Grammar
Are 差異 (chā yì) and 差別 (chā bié) the same, or are they used differently?
The power of love Intermediate Story
The legend of Mèng jiāng nǚ, who searched for her husband:
Work at Concordia Language Villages All Sponsored
森林湖 (Sēn Lín Hú), Concordia Language Villages’ Mandarin language and culture immersion program, is currently accepting employment applications for Summer 2018. To apply, just follow the link: