All Blog Posts Tagged 'phrases' (25)

Words like 干嘛 and 大不了 that are a bit confusing

Hey guys, I recently wrote a post about some terms that confused me when I was beginning, primarily because they were rooted in cultural meaning that was not translatable. After writing it, I started thinking that there must be many more out there, would any of you like to add to the list I have started?


Check what I mean here -> …


Added by Malak Lopez on February 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

I was really pleased to find this 成语 chéngyǔ.

I was really pleased to find this 成语 chéngyǔ.

五十步笑百步 --  wǔshí bù xiào bǎibù -- The pot calling the kettle black.  a literal translation "those who retreat fifty steps laugh at those who retreat one hundred steps"

The phrase "The pot calling the kettle black" is an…


Added by jono1001 on December 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — 5 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

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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Chinese chéngyǔ explained - 梁上君子 - How to say a thief, a burglar, or a person who divorced from reality

Dear all:

Today I am going to tell a story behind the Chinese idiom 梁上君子 liáng shàng jūn zǐ, hope you enjoy it. (成语 chéngyǔ)


In the…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on May 20, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

3 "important" Chinese idioms - learn how "重" zhòng is used

zhòng usually means "heavy, important, or powerful". In the following three Chinese idioms,  zhòng is used for different meanings. Please pay attention to what exactly  zhòng is used for, and at the same…


Added by Grace on April 18, 2012 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

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Chinese idiom - Putting the Finishing Touch to the Picture of a Dragon -- 画龙点睛 huà lóng diǎn jīng

In the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period (420-589), there was a painter named Zhāng Sēngyáo (张僧繇).

Once he visited a temple and painted on the wall four dragons, but gave none of them eyes. The onlookers felt…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 6, 2012 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

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The story behind the idiom "A loss, no bad thing" in Chinese "塞翁失马,焉知非福"

In ancient times, there was an old man lived in 塞北. One day, one of his horses run over the Great Wall to their enemies Hu (胡人).


The folks came and comforted him, he said "Well, this is not necessarily a…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2012 at 10:00pm — 13 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

Cold heart (sad) & cold blooded (mean) in Chinese

Since there are like 20 different ways to say 'cold' in Chinese, I thought it would…


Added by Brandon on August 23, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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Daily Expressions Ⅲ

Today's post is pretty easy to understand and remember, but the phrases I will post are used so much in movies, even in our real life. I really hope this helps! :)


Here we go!…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on August 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

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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

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

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

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

Chinese Idiom: “天无绝人之路” tiān​ wú​ jué ​rén​ zhī ​lù

I read this idiom on tumblr blog of codylanguages, who posts about learning quite a few different languages.



tiān wú jué rén zhī lù



Added by Brandon on March 10, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Wikipedia's Mandarin Chinese Profanity

The traditional Chinese characters for the word huàidàn (壞蛋/坏蛋), a Mandarin Chinese profanity meaning, literally, "bad egg"


Image and copy from Wikipedia…


Added by Brandon on February 8, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Why "Comrade, let's drink!" can take you to new places

We just got a new phrase in class that I thought was pretty amusing. Apparently in extremely polite situations where you don't know someone's name, you can say 'Hello comrade' 您好同志 - nín hăo tóng zhì.

I'm sure this is a throwback…


Added by Brandon on January 18, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

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Daily Expressions

I'm learning English now,so I've shared many useful daily expressions on my renren page( just like or, I think it may help you if I translate them into Chinese! :)


Here we go:…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on January 4, 2011 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

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