June 2012 Blog Posts (11)

Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外

老外 lǎo wài is a very nice way to address foreigners in China and it’s commonly used by Chinese people. We could also call you 外国人 (wàiguórén), literally means "outside country person", which is much more formal.

Chinese are fond of 老外 because we think it shows an intimate feeling and it can narrow…


Added by anna.lee on June 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

A Daily Dose of Measure Words in Chinese

I often hear people ask which measure words are the most important to learn. It's a pretty tough question that usually answered with, it depends. 


What measure words you use depends a lot on the things you do or say on a particular day.


Here's an example of some measure words I use on a typical morning:

I wakeup from a good…


Added by Steven Daniels on June 28, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

10 China Blogs That I Read

Following are 10 of the Chinese or China blogs which I have subscribed to over the years. (They are not in order of importance.)

1. Chengdu Living

This is a blog written about Chengdu a city in Sichuan. 

2. …


Added by Josh Ke 柯恩华 on June 28, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

My Hobby - Books about China 本书光与中国的。。。。


Wǒ yǒu 300+běn shūxiě de zhōngguó. Wǒ wish wǒ kěyǐ shàng yīgè túshū guǎn de zhèxiē shū. . . . Zhèxiē běn shūxiě zài yīng, fǎ, zhōngwén. . . . Zhè shì yīgè zuì hǎo àihào de wǒ!

I have been collecting books about China ever since I was  10 years old when my paternal grandma gave me a Golden…


Added by Josh Ke 柯恩华 on June 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

The Ten most beautiful things on Earth - Translated into Chinese & Pinyin

Decided I've visited long enough, thought I'd do my first blog post!  世界上最美的十件事 - Ten most beautiful things on Earth. 

This list is taken from @ichinesetweets (quite a good person to follow on Twitter for Chinese sentences. Some of them are a…


Added by 保罗 on June 21, 2012 at 2:30am — 5 Comments


English loan words are pretty rare in Chinese, but their use online is slowly filtering into spoken language.

While China has yet to feel the need to emulate the French in establishing a specialist body to protect the language from the infiltration of dastardly English loan words, the slow creep is definitely on. Building on the use of the homophonic “88” (八八) to say bye…


Added by The World of Chinese on June 18, 2012 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Hands down the Best Site for streaming music in China - QQ Music translated screenshots

streaming music china I wanted to share a site for streaming music in China that a Chinese coworker tipped me off to that I have been using pretty much every day since. The site is QQ music and you can access it here:


If you are in China, using Chrome and a PC, then you will probably agree…


Added by Brandon on June 16, 2012 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Skritter Chinese iOS app is here! (review and video)

The wait is over...  After a year and a half of development, months of beta tests, tweaks and bug fixes, more tweaks and even more bug fixes... the #1 web app for learning to write Chinese has finally made its way to the …

Added by Jacob Gill on June 12, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

How to make a Chinese breakfast food 粥 zhou or 稀饭 xi fan

if you are interested in Chinese food, i'm willing to introduce some to you.

Since English is not my mother tongue, sometimes i cannot express myself in native English....TAT

anyway, I will try my best to make you understand me^^

this is my breakfast  : D

in the picture, you can see that we Chinese use use chopsticks instead of knives and…


Added by yangyang on June 3, 2012 at 11:00pm — 11 Comments

Easy way to record Mandarin for use on the web - share anywhere

Hi all - 

Just wanted to share a pretty interesting website that you may want to use. It's a simple way to record like 20-30 seconds of your voice and then once completed it gives you a unique URL to share the recording.

This could be quite useful if you want to include audio in your posts or comments on Study More…


Added by Brandon on June 3, 2012 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Learn a Chinese phrase - What is 潇洒 xiao sa?

Learn Chinese phrase - What is 潇洒 xiao sa? Or what does the phrase 潇洒 really mean?

If I were a serious Chinese learner like you are, I would go checking the dictionaries, and these are what I found:

1 mdbg -- natural and unrestrained (of a person's appearance, demeanor, carriage) / elegant and unconventional.

2 nciku -- natural and…


Added by Shu on June 1, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

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