All Blog Posts Tagged 'fun' (35)

My Favorite Apps for Living in China

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…


Added by Peter Gokey on October 30, 2015 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

Chinese meme - Spend years mastering Chinese...

I know this is going to happen to me...Funny if it wasn't true : (

Why I am Learning Chinese



Added by jono1001 on July 14, 2012 at 9:00am — 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

The 8 Most Annoying Foreign Language Classmates

This list is either a not-to-be-taken-seriously rant or a sweet list of strategies for improving your language classes.

The title could just as easily be, "8 tactics to turn your language class into a private lesson"

If you co-opt these behaviors to "refine" your own…


Added by Brandon on March 7, 2012 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

China Memes

Seems like there now are memes on more or less every topic you could possibly imagine, even China/Chinese:






Added by Tobi on February 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Sure you can learn Chinese but 'easy' & '5 minutes a day' are marketing at their worst

This is kind of a random post but I laughed after searching for the word pei.  I had heard it used in a song and didn't know what it meant so I was like, hey, a dictionary, that could help. Using just the 'sound of the word', here's what I got.

Search Results For: pei

佩 佩 pèi / to respect / to wear (belt etc) /

呸 呸 pēi / to spit (in contempt) /…


Added by Brandon on January 14, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

How to ask, "What do you like to do in your free time?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #4

Last time we took a look at how to say, “What do you do?” in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to 


Added by sikora on December 24, 2011 at 5:30am — 16 Comments

A Corny Joke (Chinese cartoon)


Added by Mark Ashworth on November 13, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

OMG Meiyu videos teach "American Slang" in Chinese (OMG! 美语)

I came across this video series based on a Washington Post article entitled, "‘OMG Meiyu,’ a breakout hit Web show, schools Chinese in American slang".…


Added by Brandon on November 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

How are you going to study today? Tech #1 - Use subtitle editing software to learn from Mandarin movies

Learn from Mandarin Movies - 

The key to keeping things fresh is creativity, this fact carries on to learning. Don't keep using the same dried up routine. The brain was made to adapt, which mean whichever technique you're using will be less effective if repeated over and over.


I'm going to share a technique I made that websites are charging you to…


Added by wood on October 24, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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Daily Expression Ⅳ (& some 东北话 dōng běi huà phrases)

Today I want to add some more daily expressions, hope they would help you with your Chinese learning! :)


Here we go:

1. Nancy will retire next year.



Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on September 18, 2011 at 5:30pm — 11 Comments

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Some Movie Names with Crazy Chinese Translations

I found a very interesting phenomenon that some movie's names Chinese translations are very different from their English names. Today I will show you some, hope you enjoy them!


1. <Up>    …


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on August 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Text message from China Mobile

China Mobile frequently sends out random text messages to subscribers.  I got this one the other day for a new service to get a second phone number for your one mobile plan.  That way you can give out your phone and if it gets leaked to spammers you can just cancel it but keep your main phone number.



Added by Brandon on August 15, 2011 at 10:00pm — No 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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