Grace's Blog (11)

Which genre is best for you to improve your Chinese reading and listening?

Each one of us has a special taste for things that we love to read. There are so many genres that we could choose from when deciding on what to read in a language that we're learning, such as Chinese so to speak. I'm curious to know which genre you like best as far as learning Chinese is in…


Added by Grace on April 16, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Elementary Chinese Reading Lesson - "You Can Read"

chinese reading lesson First of all, this reading lesson is targeting at Beginner to Elementary Chinese learners. Anyone else that are rated higher or lower are welcomed too.


Why it’s called “You Can Read”? Well, because it IS focused on preparing you to read Chinese. As a matter of fact, you will read a complete…


Added by Grace on September 26, 2012 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

The only 8 dramas that entertained Chinese people during 10 year Culture Revolution (1966-1976)

If you know a bit of Chinese history, you might already hear about or know the 10 year span of 文化大革命 Wén huà Dà gé mìng Culture Revolution (1966-1976) in China…


Added by Grace on September 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Chinese multisense words – Be careful of traps!

No matter how much you love or hate multisense words in Chinese, they are there to greet you with surprise from time to time.

Be careful of those traps, so you won’t fall……


Added by Grace on August 21, 2012 at 1:30am — 8 Comments

Read! Read! Read! - The only way to help you fly off the ground on your Chinese learning

When it comes to language learning, most people would work on three language skills altogether: reading, speaking and listening. Since they are three essential ways to communicate with others in any languages, no doubts about it.
However, when it comes to Chinese, people start to…

Added by Grace on August 15, 2012 at 4:00am — 20 Comments

How to say "stand out from the crowd" using Chinese words or idioms

In this world, success could be defined in a way of "being able to stand out from the crowd, being unique and wonderful. " if you think you're a real gold, then go ahead shine brighter than others, prove yourself and let people know you can make bigger difference to the world than others.

It might sound cruel, but that seems more or less the game rule of…


Added by Grace on May 23, 2012 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

A line of Chinese wisdom - Let's take a quick meal of knowledge - plus movie recommendations :-)

A line of wisdom in Chinese is like a quick meal of knowledge that could easily fit into your busy schedule.

Let's spend about 15 minutes to sip up some wisdom soup in Chinese language into your hungry stomach. :-)


Read without…


Added by Grace on May 22, 2012 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

The key to memorize Chinese idioms - good understanding of the analogy

Chinese idioms are full of analogies. If you are struggling with memorizing them, why not slow down first and see if there's any analogy in the idiom. Just like in English and any other languages, using analogy can help people to vividly picture the concept in their mind without too much explanation.


Today I'll use an example to show you how to build the…


Added by Grace on May 6, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Understand what age group Chinese are referring to - Chinese version of "7 ages of a man"

In Shakespeare's "As You Like It", there's one famous play called "Seven ages of a man". In that play, the seven stages in a man's life was vividly summarized and expressed.

Do you know in Chinese culture, there's one unique name for each age group that you can use to refer to the age without explicitly stating the number.


Added by Grace on April 22, 2012 at 10:30pm — 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

Why "Chinese Richest People List" was nicknamed as "Pig's Blacklist" - 杀猪榜 shā zhū bàng

Have you ever heard about Hurun's List (Chinese Richest People List)? It's the most famous rich people list in China. Then do you know why it is nicknamed as Pig's Blacklist (“杀猪榜 (shā zhū bàng)” ) by Chinese? 

It all comes from a famous Chinese expression 人怕出名猪怕壮 (rén pà chū míng zhū pà zhuàng). 出名 (chū míng) means getting famous. Literally it means “People dread fame as much as pigs dread being strong.” It can also be translated as “Great honors are…


Added by Grace on April 6, 2012 at 12:52pm — 2 Comments

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