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Learn Chinese Internet Slang via China Smack

Chinasmack is a really interesting site that basically translates whatever is going viral on the Chinese internet, including netizen comments, which are usually the most interesting part.



Here is a link to their 'internet glossary' for popular phrases or memes used.  I've posted a…


Added by Brandon on April 24, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why are tones so important? Example sentence using dumplings & sleep (shui jiao)

Here are two sentences in pinyin to explain why tones are so important.  They would have the exact same pronunciation except different tones on shui & jiao.

xiǎo jie, shuǐ (三声) jiǎo (三声) yī wǎn duō shao qián?


Miss - how much is a…


Added by liuqi on April 21, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

How to be a happy nut - pistachio

I heard this description of a person the other day and really liked it.  Basically you can describe someone as 开心果 kāi xīn guǒ - pistachio and it means they're a very happy, high mood person who makes other people happy.


The reason is that in Chinese, pistachio is 开心果 kāi xīn…


Added by Brandon on April 21, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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English Slang Translated to Chinese

   I've been watching a special column named "希望英语--Outlook" on CCTV-10. This column teaches English learners about the fashionable English of life and authentic expression of western culture.  In my opinion, this column is good for both English learners and Chinese learners, because it uses a bilingual method of teaching.…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

My 'Scratch N Learn' Chinese App is Ready

My Scratch N Learn Chinese iPhone App is ready.


It is free for now.. but going to be 99cents in a few days. So grab it now!


iTunes link:…


Added by Mark Ashworth on April 19, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Don't trust google translate

Tomorrow I have to give a presentation in my Chinese culture class on an important holiday, or really anything about America (we will have five different countries represented in these presentations, so I'm sure they will be interesting).

I decided to talk about my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. As I was preparing my presentation, I wanted to know how to say "native animal/species." I was trying to describe why the turkey is so important to… Continue

Added by Joelle Chevrier on April 18, 2011 at 9:19pm — 2 Comments

Chinese girl shuffling in front of landmarks - awesome video

I had to post this video... it's just awesome.

(video via ohmygawdlisa on tumblr)

Not exactly the best video for learning Chinese but you do get some practice when she's talking before each dance.…


Added by Brandon on April 17, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Sign up for e-mail delivery get a FREE Chinese/English coloring book PDF!

HURRY! Finishes tonight at 11pm Eastern standard time!

That’s right folks. We’ve been having fun with these lately and I decided to collect 10 of them together and allow our fans and readers to get a FREE PDF. It’s only for a short time, the next 72 hours, so hurry and sign up. Where you might ask? Good question. The picture below shows you exactly where the sign up box is.…


Added by MandMx on April 15, 2011 at 9:35pm — No Comments

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How to say old in Chinese & several ways to use the word 老 lǎo

“你怎么老喝饮料?” Nǐ zěn me lǎo hē yǐn liào?

This sentence reminds me that some of the Chinese learners here may be interested in the usage of " 老 lǎo".



Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Romantic Chinese for Dummies (and Foreigners) on Shanghai Shiok!

I'm probably biased because she's blogging from Shanghai, but an absolute must-read blog is Shanghai Shiok! by Christine H. Tan.


She writes about a variety of topics and has an…


Added by Brandon on April 9, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Is Chinese the hardest language to learn?

I remember seeing this stat mentioned elsewhere but a friend recently forwarded me the graphic.  Check it out - for native English speakers, Chinese is one of the hardest languages to learn.  


It's also "fun" to be realistic about how much you study per day and use their guide to figure out how long you'll need to study Chinese to get to proficient.  If I'm studying 1 hour a day that's like um... carry the…


Added by Brandon on April 9, 2011 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

The difference between 就 jiù and 才 cái.

The adverb 就 jiù is used before a verb to suggest the earliness, briefness , quickness or sooner than expected of the action. The Adverb 才 cái is the opposite. It suggests the tardiness or lateness of an action as perceived by the speaker.

For example:

1, 八 点  上  课,他七 点 就 来了。

   bā diǎn shàngkè,  tā qī diǎn…


Added by The Mandarin Review on April 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Please don't hurt the animals while teasing them

Great sign. Which part of this sign means 'teasing'?  And / or how should this have been translated? (sign pic via cool hand wendell on tumblr)



Added by Brandon on April 5, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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Tomb-Sweeping Day is 清明节 qīng míng jié

    Tomb-Sweeping Day is coming, it is our Traditional Festival and the most important day of sacrifice.




Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

A Mnemonic for tones of buy and sell

Remembering which tone was which for the words "buy" & "sell" has always driven me nuts until I started using this mnemonic.


Buy -  - mǎi - third tone, which goes down then up.  To buy something, you have to pick it…


Added by Brandon on March 31, 2011 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Useless Chinese learning - Chun Li from Street Fighter

I call this post useless but that's only true for those readers that weren't fortunate enough to be playing video games in the early 90s.  In 1992, Capcom released Street Fighter 2, which had the first female character in a fighting game (thanks…


Added by Brandon on March 29, 2011 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Chinese Idiom: 揠苗助长 (yàmiáozhùzhǎng) “Impatience Spoils The Results”

So I was out with my Chinese tutor last week. We were having a great time learning about comparisons and weather patterns, etc. But then in the middle of the lesson, she said something that I didn’t understand at all. Not. A. Word. I kept asking her to repeat it more slowly, again, and again. But I just couldn’t get it… twas seemingly hopeless! And very frustrating.

It’s easy…


Added by DK 大牛 on March 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The difference between 或者 huòzhě and 还是 háishì - either / or

1, 或者huòzhě (either... or ...) and 还是háishì means ‘or’ in English, They usually used by linking up two words or phrases that indicate different alternatives.  或者huòzhě is usually used in statements and 还是háishì in questions.  For example:


(1) A:你  想   喝茶,      咖啡    还是  水?

            nǐxiǎng héchá,   kāfēi háishì shuǐ…


Added by The Mandarin Review on March 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Chinese Cartoon - Kuang Kuang's Diary

Kuang Kuang's Diary is a Chinese cartoon series of a young average student kuangkuang's school life  in eighties. It created by base on a true and exaggerated story and widely circulated in the eighties songs composed for children. The series has much content reflect on Chinese primary school life.  The language is funny, although with much comic and strong…


Added by The Mandarin Review on March 23, 2011 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Don't be a Chinese Third Wheel

Ah... I really love the way the idea of 'being a third wheel' is expressed in Chinese (and some of the photos I got to put in this blog post as a result).



The term that they use for this situation is 'being a light bulb' which translates to…


Added by Brandon on March 21, 2011 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

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