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Daily Expressions Ⅱ (Chinese & English)

I found these daily expressions on my renren page and I really hope this helps!


1. I beg your pardon?

  请再说一遍 qǐng zài shuō yī biàn. (or我没有听清wǒ méi yǒu…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on July 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

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Several new groups of people in China with interesting names

In China there are several new words to call some new groups of people. 啃老族,闪婚族,月光族,丁克族,毕婚族!Now I'm gonna explain them one by one!




Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on July 17, 2011 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

3 ways to say 'but' in Chinese - difference between 不过 bù guò - 可是 kě shì - 但是 dàn shì

I have heard several different ways to say 'but' in Chinese and asked my teacher to explain the different ways that they are used.  

The easiest way to represent the difference is like this: (or…


Added by Brandon on July 16, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

How to say Duh in Chinese

Don't worry, that's my teacher's handwriting.


I like this simple phrase because of how many speakers pronounce it.  Often when I hear it, they emphasize the 'de' on the end and it ends up sounding just like how 'Duh' is spoken in English.


It also means basically the…


Added by Brandon on July 7, 2011 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Playing Golf - Dǎ gāoěrfū qiú - 打高尔夫球 - Chinese vocabulary & sentences

*Can you play golf?

Nǐ huì dǎ gāoěrfū ma?  -  你 会 打 高尔夫 吗?

Nǐ  -  你  =  you

huì  -  会  =  can

dǎ  -  打  =  play

gāoěrfū  -  高尔夫  =  golf


*Shall we play golf together tomorrow?

Míngtiān wǒmen yīqǐ dǎ gāoěrfū, hǎo ma?  -  明天 我们 一起 打 高尔夫, 好吗?

Míngtiān  -  明天  =  tomorrow

yīqǐ  -  一起  =…


Added by Artech on July 3, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Weather in Chinese - Tiānqì - 天气

Vocabulary and example sentences for talking about the weather in Mandarin Chinese.


Clear  =  Qíng  -   晴

Cloudy  =  Duōyún  -  多云

Rainy  =  Yǔ  -  雨

Snow  =  Xuě  -  雪


* Is it hot today outside?

Jīntiān wàimian rè bù rè?   -   今天外面热不热 ?

Jīntiān -今天  = today

wàimian  -  外面…


Added by Artech on July 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Red Detachment of Women ballet - Happy Female Soldier video

The NYtimes posted a video recently talking about how various Mao-era songs are on the upswing lately as the 90th anniversary of the party approaches.

Watch here: Red Nostalgia Rising


In the clip they referenced a ballet called Red…


Added by Brandon on June 30, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Chinese vocabulary for traveling to Thailand

The way to travel


Here is a short story of travel to Thailand in Chinese with some vocabulary, English translation and photos below.  Let me know if you have any questions.…


Added by Chinese-Q on June 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Trip to Héféi and Lu Mountains

Here are some example sentences to explain the different uses of simple in Mandarin.
单纯 dānchún                    simple         
          tā zhǐshì gè dānchún de xiǎohái wǒ gāng zài tā fángjiān kāndào sèqíng zázhì
eg: he is a simple child.really? I just found porn magazine in his room
简单 jiǎndān                     simple
         zhè tài jiǎndān le nǐ shì…

Added by Chinese-Q on June 22, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My day

Hi everyone,

I would like to offer help with Mandarin and I also hope that people can help to improve my written English. Thanks.


闹钟 nàozhōng                        alarm clock…


Added by Chinese-Q on June 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Learn Chinese tones game from BBC

Here's a free online game for learning Chinese tones courtesy of the BBC.

The site has another game for


Added by Brandon on June 12, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Try out a Chinese Word of the Day by phone

Word of the Day has been done lots, of time, but I'm putting a different spin on it. 

It's a Chinese word of the day, but by telephone. You fill in a form and then my site will call you up. I'm looking for suggestions or comments on this feature.

Thanks in advance.

Added by Steven Daniels on June 9, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Chinese short film "Winner" by Chopsticks Brothers on Youku - 赢家

Now for something different to mix up your Chinese learning, here is a short Chinese film (30 minutes) by the Chopsticks Brothers who have made some popular movies on Youku.  


The title is Winner (The Ultimate Winner) 赢家 - yíng jiā.…


Added by Brandon on June 8, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Chinese days of the week, months and other time expressions.

Hi everyone,

I'm gonna go over some time expressions in this post.


Now lets look at weekdays, it's pretty straight forward.

All you have to do is place a number after 'xingqi' to make the days of the week, except for sunday in which you add 'tian' or 'ri'.

Jīntiān Xīngqī jǐ? : What day is it…


Added by JayLatarche on June 2, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Telling Time in Chinese : Part 2!


Dà jiā hǎo!

This is part 2 of how to tell the time in Chinese. You can read part 1 here.    

Let's look at 'a.m.' and 'p.m.'

In Chinese we don't use those words but…


Added by JayLatarche on June 1, 2011 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Learning Chinese Free Videos from CCTV

I wanted to share a good site full of free videos for beginners to learn Chinese and to get video tours of different Chinese cities. The link to the site is


Here's a sample clip I could embed from…


Added by Brandon on May 31, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Is Chinese the dominant language of the internet? (infographic)

Pretty interesting graphic for the exploding Chinese internet.

Graphic from The Next Web via ffemio on tumblr.


Interestingly enough, roughly half of…


Added by Brandon on May 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Creepy, cute or crazy? Strange Chinese learning videos by iamxiaoli

iamxiaoli has posted a series of videos on youtube that teach basic mandarin but are quite bizarre.  What do you think?



Added by Brandon on May 17, 2011 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Telling time in Chinese, part 1.

To tell the time in Chinese you need to know a few key vocab words.

This is how I do it, but it may not be correct. 

diǎn 点 : Hour (practically a measure word) …


Added by JayLatarche on May 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Chinese synonyms - Fall: 摔 shuāi & 掉 diào

I tried to figure out the difference between these two words, and here are some notes on what I found out. Please share if there is anything else I'm not catching here :)

 [shuāi] is used for two kinds of falling:

A person falling over by accident:


lǎo rén shuāi dǎo le.



Added by Inga Z on April 27, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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