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Here are some apps that I can't live without here in China, and better still, they're all free.
Baidu Maps 百度地图 (iOS and Android)
Learning your way around the city is one of the first tasks when you arrive in China. Walking around your neighborhood is a great way to become familiar with the area. But in a city as large as Kunming you are going to need some mode of transportation to get around. Baidu Maps will help you find your way. Although the whole app is in…Continue
Cao Cao was a warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty who rose to great power during its final years in ancient China. Although often portrayed as a cruel and merciless tyrant, he has also been praised as a brilliant ruler and military genius who treated his officers like his family. CCTV has a multi-part documentary on Cao Cao at this link:
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A friend once told me a funny story about himself ordering in a Chinese restaurant. He just started Chinese learning then, and did not know how to say the numbers in Chinese. He wanted to eat fish. And the waiter asked how many fish he needed (服务员问他要几条鱼 fú wù yuán wèn tā yào jǐ tiáo yú). So he held out two fingers – the thumb (拇指 mǔ zhǐ) and the forefinger (食指 shízhǐ) of his right…Continue
Tiān kōng shì lán sè de.
A couple of months ago, I found myself suddenly awash in a lot of extra time, i.e. unemployed. Since idle hands make the devil’s work and all, I thought it would be a great time to take a Mandarin class. It was good for me to get out of the…Continue
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…Continue
an artist's illustration of a peacock dance
Ok we saw the video from 九寨沟's sceneries last week.
Aren't they breathtaking?
If you haven't, you can check in out by…Continue
In this blog, Iet me introduce this Chinese traditional dance, 扇子舞 shànzi wǔ Fan Dance.
It's very hard to get the video with good quality but I came across this video with contempory Chinese Fan Dance along to the song 茉莉花 mòlìhuā "Jasmine". It's…Continue
Li Bai is one of the greatest poets in Chinese literature. The following is one of his popular poems. If you would like to listen to the recitation of the poem, read the interesting poem analysis and know what is the requirement to be a beauty in ancient China, then you are welcome to visit Sentiment of Lament
The folks came and comforted him, he said "Well, this is not necessarily a…Continue
It is said that there was a confused painter in ancient times. One day, he just finished drawing the head of a tiger when his friend came by. His friend asked him to draw a horse. The painter was too lazy to start a new one, so he drew a body of a horse right under the tiger head. His friend asked…Continue
However, to me it sounds like the pitch is often flatened and adapts to the melody rather than the sylable tone. Is it because I am not trained enough to hear the tones? Or is it that tones become less important in…Continue
|Happy Super / Divine Single's Day everyone!
It turns out that a non-traditional holiday exists in China every 11/11, basically because the date is comprised entirely of 1's, and it is therefore called single's day.
Before I started learning Chinese my life lackluster. Chinese had introduce in my field a whole new avenue. I had friend I would never had had, I awaken taste in fashion, design,food that would other wise stayed dormant.
The world is big, it's exciting, only if we open to the experiences it has to offer.I have been studying Chinese for three years, and I have to say my progress in the language isn't that great, but the progress it had made in my life is substantial.
Long long ago, there was a man from Chu selling a 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike) and a 盾 dùn (shield). He boasts of his 盾 dùn (shield) that it is the hardest one in this world and that it can't be broken by any sharp things! He then also boasts that his 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike)…Continue
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.
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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