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CCTV Documentary on Cao Cao

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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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

"Singles Market” of People Square, Shanghai by Furio Fu

Furio Fu has written an article in English on the "Singles Market" of People Square, Shanghai on his web page here: 

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/the-singles-market-of-people-square-shanghai/      

Added by Thomas Doherty on October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

"Have your cake and eat it too" in Chinese Idioms

Various expressions are used to convey similar idioms to the well known one in English "You can not have your cake and eat it too !".  In Mandarin it is " 又要马儿跑,又要马儿不吃草" ( Yòu yào mǎr pǎo, yòu yào mǎr bu chī cǎo.) – To want a horse that both runs fast and consumes no feed.

Or another Chinese Idiom from Mencius  "魚與熊掌不可兼得" ( Yú yǔ xióng zhǎng bùkě jiān de )  – You cannot have both the fish and the…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 7, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Modern Chinese Weddings by Christina at FluentU

Christina at FluentU has written a nice article on Modern Chinese Weddings at this link:    http://chinese.fluentu.com/blog/2013/09/11/modern-chinese-wedding-customs/   

Christina at FluentU

Added by Thomas Doherty on October 5, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Chinese Idiom in the AABB pattern

The blog site Learn Chinese Weekly by Lydia Lin has this week ( and last week ) posted very interesting articles on Chinese idioms that follow the AABB pattern…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on July 18, 2013 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

He Na of China Daily Reveals the Secret to Successful Transnational Marriages.

Though cultural differences and an alien environment are often cited as obstacles, many still firmly believe these are trivial things in the face of true love. No nationwide data is available on transnational marriages, but Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau said that 1,183 transnational couples got married in the city in 2012, with more than 1,100 tying the knot every year since 2008.  Never mind the cultural differences, He Na of China Daily reveals the secret to successful transnational…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on May 29, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What is the Three Character Classic ?

The Three Character Classic, Trimetric Classic or San Zi Jing is one of the Chinese classic texts. It was probably written in the 13th century and attributed to Wang Yinglin (王應麟, 1223–1296) during the…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on May 21, 2013 at 7:36am — No Comments

Who are the translators David Hawkes and Henry Bencraft Joly ?

Often when reading about the 18th-century novel by Cao Xueqin usually known as the Dream of the Red Chamber ( Hong Lou Meng ), which is regarded as one of the greatest works of traditional Chinese fiction, I see comments such as " the translation is not as good as the David Hawkes translation " or " not as bad as the translation by Henry Bencraft Joly."  Using Google I immediately found the Wiki page and an Obituary for David Hawkes…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on May 5, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

There is a Chinese Page in the online Mythology Dictionary

Not as in depth as  Wiki but good for being another resource when confronted with an unknown Chinese Mythology reference is the Chinese Page in the online Mythology Dictionary at this link:   http://www.mythologydictionary.com/chinese-mythology.html  

Added by Thomas Doherty on April 21, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

By Christina at FluentU -- How to Say some of the most Popular Beverages in Chinese

Christina at FluentU teaches us how to say some of the most popular beverages in Chinese at this link:  http://chinese.fluentu.com/blog/2013/04/03/bottoms-21-menu-chinese/      

Added by Thomas Doherty on April 8, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Top 8 Words for Qingming Festival, the Tomb Sweeping Holiday in China

The "Top 8 Words for Qingming Festival, the Tomb Sweeping Holiday in China" is the topic this week by Christina at FluentU at this link:   http://chinese.fluentu.com/blog/2013/03/26/top-words-tomb-sweeping-holiday-china/  

By Christina at FluentU…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on April 1, 2013 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Learn Chinese Grammar, the history of Emperor Kang Xi and some Math Terms with SMC Member Shu

SMC member Shu on her site "Chinesetolearn" has a lesson posted May 14 2012 in which you can improve your knowledge of Chinese Grammar, learn some history of Emperor Kang Xi and learn some commonly used Mathematics terms all at the same time.  GOTO this link:    …

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Added by Thomas Doherty on March 20, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

100 Mandarin Learning videos on CCTV hosted by Charlotte MacInnis

 Charlotte MacInnis is host of 100 Mandarin Learning videos on CCTV ( 100 was on March 9 2012 ).

 She has lived in China most of her life.  See link :  http://www.cpcchina.org/2011-10/21/content_13948565.htm

 She has a Wiki page here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Hua

 She had an English language TV show to learn Mandarin on CCTV called "Growing Up…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on March 3, 2013 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

Chinese New Year "Snake" vocabulary and phrases from FluentU

Here is a list of 6 Snake Phrases for the Year of the Snake created by FluentU's Christina:  http://chinese.fluentu.com/blog/2013/02/07/6-chinese-idioms/   

Christina of FluentU has prepared you a list with all the jargon you’ll need for the Chinese New Year Holiday.  See list here:   …

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Added by Thomas Doherty on February 11, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

How to say sincerely in Chinese - Chengyu explained by Christina of Fluentu

FluentU's Christina on January 29, 2013 in Essential Chengyu, Intermediate and Advanced Chinese post on 诚心诚意(chéng xīn chéng yì)

诚心诚意 (chéng xīn chéng yì) which means  "sincerely"  ( sincere heart, sincere intention ) is covered in a FluentU post by Christina .    …

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Added by Thomas Doherty on February 4, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Taiwan Singer 潘安邦 ( Pan An Bang ) dead at the age of 52 years old.

Taiwan Singer 潘安邦 ( Pan An Bang ) dead at the age of 52 years old.

据台湾媒体报道,以《外婆的澎湖湾》一曲成名的歌手潘安邦在2013年2月3日因病猝逝,享年52岁。

Jù táiwān méitǐ bàodào, yǐ “wàipó de pēnghú wān” yī qū chéngmíng de gēshǒu pān'ānbāng zài 2013 nián 2 yuè 3 rì yīn bìng cù shì, xiǎngnián 52 suì.

According to Taiwan media reports, the famous singer of "Grandma's Penghu Bay", Pan An Bang, died suddenly due to illness on February 3, 2013, at the age of 52 years old.

潘安邦 - 外婆的澎湖灣

Pān'ānbāng -…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on February 4, 2013 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

January 29 2013 Teresa Teng would have been 60 .

Today, January 29 2013, Teresa Teng would have turned 60 years old.
今天,2013年1月29日,邓丽君已经达到了60岁。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQwgBrj9qnI

Added by Thomas Doherty on January 29, 2013 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Dance instruction in English and Chinese

There are hundreds of dance demo / instruction dance videos on Youtube by a dance instructor named Jenny or LineDanceDallas from either Taiwan on some videos or Plano Texas on other videos. 

She speaks perfect English and does not seem to have a Texan accent.  Native Chinese will have to judge her Chinese speaking.  She covers many types of dances that can be done without a partner such as Polkas, Reels, Rumbas, country and western line dances, etc.  Here are a few…

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Added by Thomas Doherty on December 28, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

FluentU -- the top 8 Christmas words

From FluentU got the top 8 Christmas words you’ve got to know for this holiday!

8 Christmas Words For Your List

Added by Thomas Doherty on December 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

FluentU has posted an article on Chéngyǔ that lists 32 past postings.

 成语 (chéngyǔ) are expressions that are typically 4 characters long and carry a wealth of meaning.  Mastery of chengyu is seen as a sign of intelligence and sophistication, while a strong grasp of them is necessary for true fluency.  Studying chengyu can also help increase knowledge of Chinese culture, because many of them are derived from Chinese ancient history.  FluentU has posted an article on Chéngyǔ that lists 32 past postings.   The link is here:  …

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Added by Thomas Doherty on October 29, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

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