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Chinese Mysterious Terracotta Warriors

Posted by Vito Johansson on August 24, 2015

Chinese Mysterious Terracotta Warriors
Unearthing Terracotta warriors.

The Terracotta warriors’ museum is China's largest ancient military museum. In 1961, the state council of the People's Republic of China will be emperor Qinshihuang as the national cultural relic protection unit. For the first emperor Qinshihuang cemetery thorough archeological investigation begins. In 1962, the archeologists were plotted cemetery, the first piece of plane layout diagram, via detecting, cemetery ranges 56.25 square kilometers, which is equivalent to nearly 78 palace,...

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Chinese Zodiac Signs

Posted by MeetMandarin Chinese on January 16, 2016

 Chinese Zodiac Signs
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Learning Chinese culture is an indispensible part of MeetMandarin’s online mandarin classes. Have you ever heard about China's 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs? Do you know what they are and what they represent? Now let’s get to know these 12 zodiac animals, which are known as十 二 生 肖(shí èr shēng xiào)in Chinese.
Chinese Zodiac Signs or animals have a certain sequence that that starts with rat(鼠shǔ), the rest of them are ox(牛niú,) tiger(虎hǔ,) rabbit(兔tù,) dragon(龙lóng,) snake(蛇shé,) horse(马mǎ,)...

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Learn Chinese Idiom 愚公移山

Posted by yuyu zhao on May 04, 2016

Learn Chinese Idiom 愚公移山
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There are plenty of ways to learn Chinese, to learn Chinese by podcasts, videos, stories, culture, learn Chinese with online tutors, etc. Learning Chinese idioms is also useful, because one can not only learn the language, but better understand Chinese culture. 愚公移山 (yú ɡōnɡ yí shān). Do you know what this idiom means? Let’s start with an interesting Chinese proverb!
 
Once upon a time, there were two large mountains - Taihang Mountain and Wangwu Mountain, which sat in front of an old man Yu’s house. Because the mountains blocked the way, the Yu’s families had to walk many extra miles in order to go out. One day, Yu called together the whole family to discuss removing the mountains....

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Measure Words for Nouns - Learn Chinese

Posted by yuyu zhao on June 03, 2016

Measure Words for Nouns - Learn Chinese
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Did you ever meet mandarin measure words? The Chinese language uses "measure words" to count nouns. Unlike English, Chinese does not distinguish between singular and plural, so nouns are simply abstract in number, with context determining whether something is singular or plural.
Learning Chinese measure words is important, if one wants to speak Chinese correctly. Here is a summary of Chinese measure words for different types of nouns.
 
Structure: Numeral + Measure word + Noun
Measure Words for Persons
一 个 人
yí ɡè...

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What’s the difference between Mandarin and Chinese?

Posted by eChineseLearning on July 19, 2016

What’s the difference between Mandarin and Chinese?
The difference between Mandarin and Chinese

 
Although you may be confused now, the answer is quite simple. Think of “Chinese” as this large umbrella with a bunch of languages under it. Mandarin is one of those languages underneath. If Chinese were to be replaced with the word “dog,” then you could replace Mandarin with any dog breed, such as “Dalmatian.” So Chinese is to dog, as Mandarin is to Dalmatian.(Learn Chinese Online)
So if Chinese is all dialects spoken within China, then what is Mandarin specifically? “普通话 (pǔ tōng huà) Mandarin ” is labeled by the Chinese government as the official language of...

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塞翁失马,焉知非福Misfortune may actually be a blessing

Posted by eChineseLearning on July 19, 2016

塞翁失马,焉知非福Misfortune may actually be a blessing
Misfortune may actually be a blessing

It can be difficult to foresee the twists and turns which lead to misfortune begetting fortune, and vice versa. For example, there once was a father, skilled in divination, who lived close to the “边疆 (biānjiāng) frontier” with his son. One of his horses accidentally strayed into the lands of the Xiongnu, so everyone “安慰 (ānwèi) consoled” him. However, the father said, “Why should I hastily conclude that this is not “幸运的 (xìngyùn de) fortunate?” After several months, the horse returned from the land of the Xiongnu, accompanied by another...

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Is Chinese hard to learn? What’s the best way to learn Chinese?

Posted by eChineseLearning on August 26, 2016

Is Chinese hard to learn? What’s the best way to learn Chinese?
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If you’re interested in learning Chinese, I strongly suggest you work with a qualified teacher. A teacher will be able to help you make the most of your studies in a way that studying on your own is hard to imitate. And since going to China isn’t realistic for everyone, you can simulate a Chinese learning environment at home when you work with a native speaker.
Chinese is considered one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn for a variety of reasons. Yet, many have conquered this language, and so can you. Here are some of the reasons learning Chinese is difficult. Keep in mind that a teacher would be able to assist you with handling each of these points.
Tones
Unlike languages like English, in Chinese how you pronounce a sound dictates what that sound means. This would be something similar to where you place...

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What does 拍马屁 Pai Ma Pi mean in Chinese?

Posted by Rebecca Wu on July 05, 2017

What does 拍马屁 Pai Ma Pi mean in Chinese?
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"Bite the Word" is a series of popular words as a support for skype Chinese classes. In this episode, we are going to learn a new word - 拍马屁. “拍” means “to pat”; “马” is horse and “屁” means “butt”. So, literally 拍马屁 means “to pat on one’s butt”. You may ask: Eew, Why do you say “patting a horse’s butt”?
 
Well. In Yuan Dynasty, herders took great pride in raising horse. When horse herders encountered one another, they would often pat the butts of the other’s horse and say,...

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How to Teach Your Kids Chinese

Posted by Rebecca Wu on July 20, 2017

How to Teach Your Kids Chinese
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At What Age Should Kids Learn Chinese
If you’re a parent thinking about having your children learn Mandarin as a second language, you probably want to know when is the best time to let your kids start learning Mandarin Chinese.
 
No matter you plan to learn Chinese locally or learn Chinese via skype, always keep in mind that pronunciation is key when it comes to learning Chinese. There are several different tones (read more here) so in short – if you want to be able to speak it with a native accent, the earlier you start, the better. For children, it would be best if they could start learning before the age of 12. However there is no age limit for true bilingualism. It can take place at any time.
 
Younger children are more likely to develop a native accent in their second-language. Since Chinese is such a tonal language, younger children have a definite advantage because of their ability to pick up...

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Meaning of Xiao Xin Yan

Posted by Rebecca Wu on August 08, 2017

Meaning of Xiao Xin Yan
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In this episode of “Bite the word”, we are going to learn a new word: 小心眼(xiǎo xīn yǎn). 小means small, the third tone; 心, is mind, the first tone; 眼, the third tone. eyes.
 
 
Literally, “心眼” means “mind and eyes”, but here, “心眼” refers to one’s mind. So “小心眼” means “someone’s mind is small, he or she is petty and cares too much about small things”. In Chinese, it’s used to describe someone who is narrow- minded and mean.
 
For example, if your friend Jack held a secret grudge against you and didn’t talk to you for two years just because you said he went out of tune when he...

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