May 2012 Blog Posts (19)


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Chinese song for kids - 拔萝卜 Pulling out the carrot --儿歌

The song is singing about trying to pull the carrot out and the boy needs help from other friends, grandma, grandpa, cat, etc (I checked a lot of other videos, the characters seem to be different for some other…

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Added by Gen on May 29, 2012 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments


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How to say "stand out from the crowd" using Chinese words or idioms

In this world, success could be defined in a way of "being able to stand out from the crowd, being unique and wonderful. " if you think you're a real gold, then go ahead shine brighter than others, prove yourself and let people know you can make bigger difference to the world than…

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Added by Grace on May 23, 2012 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

How opposite pairs of words mean different things in Mandarin - good+bad=quality, east+west=thing

I quite like the use of pairs of opposite words in Chinese, such as:

早晚 zǎowǎn, early-late = sooner or later

他早晚都要上大学。

He's going to have to attend college sooner or…

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Added by Hila on May 23, 2012 at 8:30am — 13 Comments


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A line of Chinese wisdom - Let's take a quick meal of knowledge - plus movie recommendations :-)

A line of wisdom in Chinese is like a quick meal of knowledge that could easily fit into your busy schedule.



Let's spend about 15 minutes to sip up some wisdom soup in Chinese language into your hungry stomach. :-)

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Added by Grace on May 22, 2012 at 4:30am — 13 Comments


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How to ask, "How do you say 'fortune cookie'?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #20

Last time we took a look at how to say, "How was the movie?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on May 22, 2012 at 1:30am — 4 Comments


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Chinese chéngyǔ explained - 梁上君子 - How to say a thief, a burglar, or a person who divorced from reality

Dear all:

Today I am going to tell a story behind the Chinese idiom 梁上君子 liáng shàng jūn zǐ, hope you enjoy it. (成语 chéngyǔ)

 

In the…

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Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on May 20, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments


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Learn Chinese through American Idol -- Who do you think will win the 2012 American Idol?



Learn Chinese - How to say - May I please ask who do you predict will win American Idol 2012?

请问你预测谁会赢得二零一二年美国偶像?

qǐngwèn nǐ yùcè shéi huì yíngdé èr líng yī èr nián Měiguó ǒuxiàng ?

qǐngwèn ( 请 qǐng means please, 问 wèn means ask, qǐngwèn means may I please ask) nǐ (你 pronoun, you) yùcè (预测 verb, predict) shéi (谁 question pronoun, who) huì (会auxiliary verb, will) yíng (赢…

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Added by Shu on May 20, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Chinese Peacock Dance 中国孔雀舞 Zhōngguó kǒngquè wǔ

an artist's illustration of a peacock dance



Peaco…

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Added by Gen on May 18, 2012 at 2:30am — 2 Comments


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How to say Mother's Day in Mandarin Chinese & the origin of the carnation flower name

What is the perfect flower for Mother's Day? Carnations!



To celebrate this special holiday, don't forget to buy your mom a bouquet of carnations; if the cost is too great, then, draw her a card full of carnations then :)…



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Added by Shu on May 12, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments


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How to ask, "How was the movie?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #19

Last time we took a look at how to say, "What is she like?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on May 11, 2012 at 10:00am — 5 Comments


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Places to go in China -Part 2

Ok we saw the video from 九寨沟's sceneries last week.

Aren't they breathtaking?

If you haven't, you can check in out by…

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Added by Gen on May 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments


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Chinese Fan Dance 扇子舞 shanzi wu - video

There are indeed a lot of endless frangments to show you guys about Chinese Cultures.

In this blog, Iet me introduce this Chinese traditional dance, 扇子舞 shànzi wǔ Fan Dance.

It's very hard to get the video with good quality but I came across this video with contempory Chinese Fan…

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Added by Gen on May 8, 2012 at 2:00am — 4 Comments


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The key to memorize Chinese idioms - good understanding of the analogy

Chinese idioms are full of analogies. If you are struggling with memorizing them, why not slow down first and see if there's any analogy in the idiom. Just like in English and any other languages, using analogy can help people to vividly picture the concept in their mind without too much…

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Added by Grace on May 6, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments


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How to ask, "What is she like?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #18

Last time we took a look at how to say, "What does she look like?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on May 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 3 Comments


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Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)

Yesterday I had a conference call with the father of a thirteen year-old student to discuss the progress his daughter has made since she started studying Mandarin at our online Chinese school three months ago.…





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Added by Corinne Dillon on May 3, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments


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How to ask, "What does she look like?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #17

Last time we took a look at how to say, "How are you doing?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on May 2, 2012 at 10:30am — 5 Comments


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Places to visit in China - part 1

If you're in China for studies or work, then I'm not quite sure if you're going to spend all of your times at the same spot. Well if you are, I strongly suggest you not to. China is big! There is a lot to see! Get out there and check out some of these places!



Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and…

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Added by Gen on May 2, 2012 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Research: Expats Living in a Mandarin Speaking Country

大家好!

More research again, this time for my Educational Research Methodology Class here inTaiwan. I'm focusing my research expats living in Mandarin speaking environments and confidence in their Chinese ability, and I need your help!

For those of you living in Taiwan or China, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind filling out this 10 minute questionnaire and perhaps passing it along to a few of your friends. All individual responses will be…

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Added by Jacob Gill on May 1, 2012 at 11:23am — 4 Comments


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Mayday's music video for "Cheers" - "Gan Bei"

What a life is all about, you can find it inside this song. One of the great songs from Mayday.

For Chinese lyrics, pinyin and English translation see

Cheers Mayday

Watch the video "Cheers" embedded below or…

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Added by Shu on May 1, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

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