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Interesting discussion on Laowai Chinese - does dating a native really help?

Interesting article that I couldn't help but comment on.  From Laowai Chinese: 

Does Dating a Native REALLY Help Your Chinese?

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Added by Brandon on March 20, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Secrets, secrets and more secrets

Just a few quick words that are frequently used and related to one another, both in English and in Mandarin.


The first is secret秘密 mì mì.  It can be hard to see but at least on my iphone, it looks like both of the characters contain the character /…


Added by Brandon on March 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Chinese Idiom: “天无绝人之路” tiān​ wú​ jué ​rén​ zhī ​lù

I read this idiom on tumblr blog of codylanguages, who posts about learning quite a few different languages.



tiān wú jué rén zhī lù



Added by Brandon on March 10, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

A Chinese student's rant about learning French goes viral

I just wanted to share this link because it's pretty hilarious and may make you feel better about the occassional 'challenges' inherent in learning Chinese.  


Chinese student’s rant over the French language becomes viral



Added by Brandon on March 9, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pinkest store in Shanghai -粉红 - fěn hóng

The word 'pinkest' sounds really strange for some reason. I don't know if I have ever said something was the 'pinkest'. This store, Candie's, is in a mall in Shanghai and the photo does not do it justice for just how pink it is. Everything in the store is covered in pink, even the shop girls' outfits.…


Added by Brandon on March 5, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Remembering Chinese characters using memory techniques - Nytimes article

I wanted to share this article that was on the nytimes recently, highlighting the techniques that "memory athletes" use.  The article is interesting but especially…


Added by Brandon on February 22, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

and my money on my mind (part 2 of Snoop Dogg Mandarin Chinese)

This post is part 2 of Mandarin characters we can learn from Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice.  I highly suggest reading part 1 here before you read this.…


Added by Brandon on February 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

美国NASA第一个太空任务飞从地球到月球 - US NASA's first space mission from the Earth to the Moon


这是John F Kennedy图书博物馆的交互的太空网页。可以看到,学习Apollo 11号的十一个阶段飞从地球到月球。


zhè shì <John F Kennedy> túshū bówùguǎn de jiāohù de tàikōngwǎngyè. kěyǐ kàn dào, xuéxí <Apollo> shíyī hào de shíyī ge jiēduàn fēi cóng dìqiú dào yuèqiú.


This is the interactive website of the John F Kennedy Library and Museum. You can see and learn about the Apollo 11's 11…


Added by Joshua on February 13, 2011 at 10:50am — No Comments

My mind on my money (and the characters that Snoop Dogg can teach us)

In the song Gin & Juice, Snoop Dogg (photovideo, …


Added by Brandon on February 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

I have an oral quiz on Thursday

20% of the material I'm to be tested over isn't covered in our book (or in our class, or at all). Fun stuff.

I'm determined to work 长筒橡胶靴 into my dialogue, if it kills me.


Anyone have any good vocabulary words related to the weather and/or eating out (restaurants)?

Funny phrases especially appreciated.


Added by Brandon Brick Kerr on February 9, 2011 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

Wikipedia's Mandarin Chinese Profanity

The traditional Chinese characters for the word huàidàn (壞蛋/坏蛋), a Mandarin Chinese profanity meaning, literally, "bad egg"


Image and copy from Wikipedia…


Added by Brandon on February 8, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

恭喜恭喜gōng xǐ gōng xǐ

Chinese New Year is coming!

Then you start to hear the same melodies come out from the radio or TV over and over.In the beginning, you'll feel excited because the melodies bring the mood of new year, but soon you'll feel sick of hearing them.Like in Christmas,I heard almost hundred times of Jingle bells in different…


Added by Martha on February 2, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

How 'new water' pays the bills - 薪水


This a rather random set of associations that happened when working with my teacher 老师 - lăo shī on a Mandarin conversation about how to ask for a raise.


The conversation went something like this:…


Added by Brandon on February 1, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Never enough beautiful people at work - how to remember 差 chà - "to lack"

Today’s entry is based around the character chà which has quite a few meanings (of course) but basically means ‘to lack, short of, differ from’.



Added by Brandon on January 23, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

amusing: sign in alphabetical order (by pinyin)

via @isaac,

Added by Joshua on January 19, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

Why "Comrade, let's drink!" can take you to new places

We just got a new phrase in class that I thought was pretty amusing. Apparently in extremely polite situations where you don't know someone's name, you can say 'Hello comrade' 您好同志 - nín hăo tóng zhì.

I'm sure this is a throwback…


Added by Brandon on January 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

New favorite Chinglish phrase - 这是不(ll)是(t)

A 同学 - tóng xué (classmate) of mine said this when talking about why he had to miss class and go to a training session for work instead.


这是 bull shit - zhè shì bull shit - This is bullshit.



Added by Brandon on January 14, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Words I like lately - strange & broken brain

First word means strange or odd.


奇怪 - qí guài


On my first weekend in Shanghai, I used the term 'bizarre' about 70 times.  I've now started migrating towards…


Added by Brandon on January 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

chinese vocabulary memory games :D


i stumbled upon this a while ago, it is a game with flashcards that helps you go through you vocabulary and have fun at the same time. it is very good for everyone because you can choose the level you're at or a specific grammar book, or the examination hsk  vocabulary


have fun playing

Added by anca kin on January 6, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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过年 guò nián

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…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on January 5, 2011 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

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