• Post time: May-14-2020

    If you are trying to describe a daily routine, a habit, or just something that consistently happens, you can use the word 总是 (zǒngshì). 总是 means “always,” and like other adverbs, comes before the verb in a sentence.   总是 (zǒngshì) with Verbs 总是 is an adverb that is often ...Read more »

  • Post time: May-13-2020

    Today we want to take a look at the story behind this Chengyu: 守株待兔 (shǒu zhū dài tù) The literal translation of this Chengyu is to guard (守, shǒu) a tree trunk (株, zhū) waiting (待, dài) for rabbits (兔, tù) and means to want results without work or to rely on narrow experiences and not th...Read more »

  • Post time: May-07-2020

    When you work for a company or do other sorts of physical (and even mental) activities for another party, you’re likely to use the Chinese preposition 为 (wèi). This character is often translated into English as “for,” but is sometimes unnatural or unnecessary, depending on the ...Read more »

  • Post time: May-06-2020

    Chinese musical instruments can trace its history to several thousand years ago. Each of the instruments produces a different and unique sound and effect. These Chinese musical instruments not only entertain people but also play an important part in traditional Chinese culture. Now let us have a ...Read more »

  • Post time: May-05-2020

    Tuesday the 5th of May marks Lixia (立夏 lì xià), or the “Start of Summer” in English. It is the seventh solar term in the Chinese lunar calendar, with the sun moving to the celestial longitude of 45 degrees on this day. In Chinese, the character “li (立)” means “begin”, so Lixia is also the firs...Read more »

  • Post time: May-04-2020

    In traditional Chinese medicine, emotions and physical health are intimately connected. Sadness, nervous tension and anger, worry, fear, and overwork are each associated with a particular organ in the body. For example, irritability and inappropriate anger can affect the liver and result in menst...Read more »

  • Post time: Apr-30-2020

    As you probably already know, in Chinese, the characters 二 (èr) and 两 (liǎng) both mean “two”, however, Chinese students often get confused about when to use one or the other in a sentence.   二 (èr) The character 二(èr) is generally used in “counting” and in 2-digit numbers (1-100).  So ...Read more »

  • Post time: Apr-29-2020

    In English, nouns can be “linked” to adjectives and other nouns with the verb “to be.” In Chinese, nouns are linked to other nouns in one way, but linked to adjectives in a completely different way. Nouns are linked to other nouns with 是 (shì). Nouns are linked to adjecti...Read more »

  • Post time: Apr-28-2020

    You’ve got a busy day ahead. The baristas at your local coffee joint do, too. They’re running around grinding beans, steeping tea, taking orders, cleaning counters… Neither of you really have time to play charades for every item on their menu. If you want your drink quick—and made the way you lik...Read more »

  • Post time: Apr-24-2020

    Here’s a great collection of Chinese sayings and idioms with Chinese characters, pinyin pronunciation, and English translations and explanations, to help you learn and enjoy the Chinese language, while understanding Chinese people’s attitudes, life, and values more deeply. Rare as tru...Read more »

  • Post time: Apr-23-2020

    The word 比较 (bǐjiào) can be a verb which means “to compare.” But it can also be an adverb meaning “comparatively” or “rather.”   Used with Adjectives The adverb 比较 can be used to express “quite,” “rather,” or “relatively.&...Read more »

  • Post time: Apr-22-2020

    Tea was first discovered by the Chinese and used as medicine. Then it evolved into a type of beverage and became an integral part of Chinese culture. Here are 10 interesting facts about Chinese tea to help you learn more about it.   1. Tea Has a 3,000-Year History in China China is the homel...Read more »