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Chinese Food and Food in Chinese – Chinese Vocabulary on Food

Food is an essential part of our lives. For Chinese people, food is more than its necessity to feed. It provides joy, serves as a medium to entertain, to connect and to unite. Food is an essential part of our lives. For Chinese people, food is more than its necessity to… Click To Tweet In Chinese, a common greeting is “吃了吗?(Chīle ma?Did you eat?)” When friends meet in the street, they would invite each other “一起去吃顿饭吧!(Yīqǐ qù chī dùn fàn ba! Let’s go and have a meal together!)” Food is not only for the casual meetups among friends and acquaintance,...

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Use Mind maps to Learn Chinese Vocabulary

There are several ways of learning Chinese vocabulary. We can use visual aids, demonstration or explanation and other methods. Mind maps, or spider grams, as visual forms of note taking, are very effective in learning Chinese vocabulary. What Are Mind Maps Usually a mind map starts in the middle of a page with a central idea and expanded outwards in all directions. The expanded branches should contain related thoughts and ideas making it easier to organize the information. Mind maps are great for learning Chinese vocabulary. The individual but relevant words are linked together in a visual way, which...

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Strategies of Teaching| Learning Chinese High Frequency Characters, Just Like Teaching| Learning Sight Words

When learning English, children usually start with sight words. Sight words are a collection of common, frequently used words that a child should recognize in order to prepare for reading. The famous Dolch’s list (published in 1948 by Edward William Dolch) features 220 words. These 220 words serve as a foundation for children to improve their reading accuracy and fluency. On the other hand, although there are over 50,000 characters altogether, a comprehensive modern Chinese dictionary normally lists 20,000 characters. An educated Chinese person knows around 8,000 characters and a person needs to know 2000-3000 characters to read a...

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12 Chinese Sayings about Life

How do you view life in general? Is it sweet, or is it hard? What attitude do think we should have for a fulfilling life? How to view success and failure? What about staying humble, being tolerant and working hard? Indeed, life is such a vast topic as it brings us joy, happiness, laughter, success, applause, love, friendship … as well as sadness, zest, jealousy, tears, failure and more. It is difficult to generalize it, although we definitely share certain views and feelings as Chinese people do. Here are 12 Chinese sayings about life and hopefully they will give you some inspiration,...

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How to Praise a Child and Some Praise Phrases in Chinese

It is well known that children need “positive enforcement” (“正面激励”). By definition, “positive enforcement occurs when a desirable event or stimulus is presented as a consequence of a behavior and the behavior increases.” (Wikipedia). Praise is one of the strategies to provide positive verbal feedback. However, if we praise our child all the time with sentences like “You are so good”, “You are so smart”, “You are so creative”… is it really good for him? We want to give our child a quick verbal pat by giving out praises, however often without much thought. Praise motivates children, but sometimes...

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Books for Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Every autumn, Chinese people celebrate a very special day, Mid-Autumn Festival. It is always the 15th day of August according to Chinese calendar. Usually it falls in September or October. In 2017, it is going to be Oct 04. Oct 04 2017 is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! Don’t forget to eat moon cakes! Click To Tweet On every 15th of each month based on the Chinese calendar, the moon is round. On Mid-Autumn festival night, the moon is believed to be the brightest and fullest. What Are the Celebration Activities 1. Family Reunion Dinner On this special day, families...

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How to Say School Subjects in Chinese

After a long relaxing summer vacation, it is back to school time! It does not matter if the children are excited, or anxious, or both… they are ready for the new school year! By the end of the first day, most students have their timetable in their hands. The timetable lists all the subjects they are about to learn. English, Chinese, Science, Music, Computer… All the subjects our children learn in the school – How to say them in Chinese?  Isn’t it a good idea for children to learn the subjects they learn everyday in Chinese since they are...

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Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 都

葡萄和苹果,我都喜欢。 This sentence can be translated into English as “Grapes and apples, I like both. “ As you have guessed out, 都 (dōu) means “both” in this case. Have a look at the sentence below: 葡萄, 香蕉和苹果,我都喜欢。 This sentence is “Grapes, bananas and apples, I like all of them.” Here, 都 (dōu) means “all”. In Chinese, as an adverb, 都 (dōu) always appears after the subject and before the verb. 都 (dōu) refers to “ALL” Sentence Structure Subj. + 都  + Verb / [Verb Phrase] For example, 我们都喜欢吃中国菜。 Wǒmen dōu xǐhuān chī zhōngguó cài. We all like to eat Chinese food....

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Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 也

My friend is going to the library. I am going there too. This is a simple sentence. Do you know how to say it in Chinese? “我的朋友去图书馆,我也要去那里。” 也 (yě) means “too” or “also”. In Chinese, it always comes before a verb or an adjective. 也 (yě) means “too” or “also”. In Chinese, it always comes before a verb or an adjective. Click To Tweet Sentence Structure Sentence Structure 1: Subj. + 也 + Verb / [Verb Phrase] For example, 我也有这本书。 Wǒ yěyǒu zhè běn shū. I also have this book. 我也是学生。 Wǒ yěshì xuéshēng I am also a student. 我也喜欢看中国电影。 Wǒ...

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Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 不

不 is a common word in Chinese. It literally means “no, not”. In this vocabulary study guide, I would like to list some rules of how to use it in Chinese. Used to Negate a VERB 不 is generally used to negate a verb in the present of future tense by simply putting it in front of the verb. For Example, 今天他不想工作。 Jīntiān tā bùxiǎng gōngzuò He does not want to work today. The structure is Subject + 不 + verb + Object More Examples 他不喜欢猫。 Tā bù xǐhuān māo He does not like cats. 我不要西瓜。 Wǒ búyào xīguā I...

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