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Talking about love All Vocabulary Video
Valentine’s Day was just last week, so what better time to talk about love (in Chinese)? Here’s an extended video on the subject:
Forming words with 可 (kě) Beginner Grammar
The character 可 is sort of like the English suffix “able,” and can be used to create many different words:
Why? Because Beginner Grammar
There are a number of ways to say “why? Because” in Chinese. Here is a nice list, summarizing them:
New Year traditions Beginner Grammar Video
Fireworks and couplets are two traditions on Chinese New Year. Here is an explanation, and the Chinese you’ll need to know to enjoy them even more:
Introducing yourself Beginner Vocabulary
If you’re interviewing for a new job, then you’ll need to introduce yourself. How can you do that in Chinese? Here are some suggestions:
Listening challenge All Learning
It’s another Hacking Chinese challenge, this time for listening. It’s not too late to sign up and participate:
10 feared questions for Chinese New Year Intermediate Culture
Chinese New Year is a chance to see friends and family — and to be asked awkward questions. Make them less awkward, perhaps, by knowing how to answer in Chinese:
Internet slang Intermediate Vocabulary
Internet slang is always a fun and interesting aspect of language. Here are some recent additions to Chinese Internet slang. (Free registration required.)
Dog phrases Intermediate Expressions
It’s the Year of the Dog, so you can expect to hear and see lots of discussion of dogs. Here are some common dog-related expressions in Chinese:
Super-vocabulary! Beginner Vocabulary
Superheroes are bigger than ever, in movies and on TV. Here’s how to say some of your favorite heroes’ names in Chinese:
Did you get that? Beginner Grammar
How often have you said something in Chinese, and the other person didn’t quite get what you meant? Or how about the other way around — they spoke, and you didn’t understand? Here are some useful phrases to indicate that you didn’t quite understand:
Body parts Beginner Vocabulary Video
Whether something isn’t feeling good, or you just want to know how to say some basic terms, here’s how you can describe body parts in Chinese:
Hospital vocabulary Intermediate Vocabulary Video
Not feeling well? I can’t help you there. But if you’re not feeling well in Chinese, and need to visit the hospital or doctor, here’s how you can talk to them:
Learn characters? All Characters Learning
Chinese characters take time to learn. Maybe you can and should skip them? I disagree — but if you need a longer answer than that, here’s a fuller argument:
Chinese Zodiac All Culture
It’s the Year of the Dog, one of the 12 years of the Chinese Zodiac cycle. Here is an introduction to the Chinese Zodiac, and its animals:
Greetings! Beginner Vocabulary Video
Good morning! Good evening! These (and a few other) basic greetings are useful and important in Chinese. Here’s a cute song to introduce them to you:
Happy (Chinese) New Year! Beginner Story
A short story about the two New Year celebrations in China — including Chinese New Year:
Good from bad Intermediate Story Expressions
Can you get ivory from a dog? No way — and in the same way, you cannot expect to get anything good from a scoundrel, as this expression relates:
What’s an elephant? Intermediate Story
An old fable about blind men and an elephant, told in Chinese:
Blackout! Beginner Story
We’ve lost electricity — what now?
Chickens and dogs Intermediate Expressions
We just ended the Year of the Rooster, and are now entering the Year of the Dog. So here are some expressions that mention both animals:
Difference between 正在 (zhèng zài) and 在 (zài) Intermediate Grammar
Both of these terms mean that you’re currently doing something. So which is preferred?