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One month later, it's our traditional festival----Spring Festival(春节)! It is the most important festival to us!During Spring Festival,we get together, children wear new clothes,old people paste red couplets on the doors,we set off firecrackers,eat dumplings.......It's amazing!There is another way to say Spring Festival, 过年 guó nián,of course there is a story behind it, let me tell you.In this story you will know why we…Continue
I'm learning English now,so I've shared many useful daily expressions on my renren page(renren.com just like myspace.com or facebook.com), I think it may help you if I translate them into Chinese! :)
Here we go:…
I just read an article in The Atlantic:
In the comments many readers suggested language learners watch TV shows (often dramas) to study the target foreign language.
Does anyone have suggestions on a good show to watch to study Chinese?
There are a few bars in Shanghai that all have 'Windows' in the name. They tend to attract Westerners and along with Westerners, come concerns.…Continue
Added by Brandon on January 3, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
“菜鸟 cài niǎo” is a popular word. Interally, it seems like some kind of bird we can eat. However it means something like rookie or newbie.
Now I'm gonna tell the story behind "菜鸟"：…Continue
Okay so that picture is most likely a Japanese Sumo and I realize that this is a Chinese Mandarin site but what the hell, I liked the picture.…
Added by Brandon on December 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Yesterday I did my first face-to-face language exchange, swapping English for Mandarin. My partner was fun but my Mandarin was brutal. If you have ever heard a recording of your own voice & hated it, that's how it felt.
I found an exchange partner…
A few characters to remember for those just starting out.
口 – kŏu - means mouth, for hopefully obvious reasons :) :0 :O 口 & smaller versions of that box are often associated with…Continue
Unfortunately this 'how to' also involves female stereotypes but, eh, what can you do?
This character 要 - has several different meanings but this is how I remember the more dominant use as a fourth tone, yào. Generally it means…Continue
I have been using italki to ask random questions about Mandarin and could not resist this one. I heard on a chinesepod(cast) that calling someone 二百五 èr bǎi wǔ (250) means idiot.
They didn't explain the story but I got a few responses below. My favorite was provided by…Continue
I really want more variety of fun & informal greetings to say to my 中国人同事 zhōng guó rén tóng shì。(chinese colleagues). I started saying 'What up' due to overuse on Futurama and want an equivalent.…Continue
For those of you not in China 中国 zhōng guó, there's this "fun" system introduced where you can win small amounts of money by asking for official (see: tax accountable) receipts from restaurants and the like.
On these receipts, called 发票 fā piào, there's a scratch off area on the top. 99.9% of the time it's just…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 16, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Okay so this one isn't that complicated but it has proven to be pretty memorable. It's just what I first thought when looking at the characters.
"if - in the event that" - 如果 - rú guŏ
I 'read' this starting with the left…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Recently I was emailing with a Chinese friend and had to cancel plans because I was sick. I said:
wŏ găn mào - i caught a cold
kĕ lián de jiā…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 11, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Occasionally I invent my own stories to remember Chinese characters (汉字).
经 验 - jīng yàn - (and can add a 的 de on the end to make experienced adjective).
Start with second character,…Continue
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