Confucius and Confucianism
confucius small
Post by Eva  

  Have you  heard of Confucius yet? I bet you have. Confucius, or 孔子  (KǒngZǐ) is an ancient Chinese philosopher responsible for shaping many concepts and values still present in the Chinese society nowadays. Confucius lived during the period of Chinese history known as the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋时代 ChūnQiū ShíDài) that lasted from Read More…

Chinese Onomatopoeia Animal Sounds
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Such a funny word, onomatopoeia – all those vowels huddled together make it rather tricky to pronounce it (I don’t know about you, but I always end pronouncing it as if I was giving dictation to a six-year old). Going back to the subject, no surprise, today there’s going to be talk about words or Read More…

Let’s Talk about Chinese Food: Regional Differences

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In one of our previous posts we’ve briefly discussed the main characteristics of Chinese cuisine, but in today’s post we shall venture even further. There are four, five, eight or even twelve schools of Chinese cuisine (depending on who you ask, really); for the sake of brevity we’ll tackle just four: they are Beijing, Sichuan, Read More…

A Taste of Chinese Internet Lingo: Very Yellow indeed!
yellow flower
Post by Eva  

Back in 2007, China Central Television (CCTV) started one of its many campaigns that called for extreme measures in cleaning up the Internet content (clean up your act, Internet). During on of its promotional broadcasts, the station interviewed a thirteen-year-old middle schooler who described her gruesome experience of unintentionally stumbling upon a website with pornographic  Read More…

Jing.fm – Music Streaming for when “You Feel Like It”
jing music
Post by Eva  

  Like many good things in life, I got to learn about Jing.fm by chance when browsing through Forbes China article “30 Under 30”  – a list of successful Chinese entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Shi Kaiwen (施凯文 Shī KǎiWén), the founder of Jing, is 24. He created Jing back in 2011 and, so Read More…

What a Colorful World
colors and their meaning in Chinese
Post by Eva  

  Let’s recap, in Chinese language colors carry their own meanings: red (红色 HóngSè) is obviously good, white (白色 BáiSè) is bad and green is eco (绿色 LǜSè). Well, green has only recently become eco, so there is not yet a place for greenhouses or green thumbs, and we shall have to instead make do Read More…

Green dumplings?
qing tuan green dumpling
Post by Eva  

  This post is intended for two groups of readers: people living in China who have been baffled by the green dumplings now adorning counters of every convenience store, and secondly, people who just want to know more about Chinese dumplings and are not entirely sure whether green is the way to go. 青团 (Qīng Read More…

TOP 100: Chinese Names
Chinese names
Post by Eva  

  Ever heard of the expression 老百姓 (LǎoBǎiXìng)? Translated word by word this phrase means the “old one hundred names”; taken as a whole, it means “common people”. Interesting, huh? Well, this stems from the fact that the number of surnames in China is very limited with around 4000 surnames in total to choose from. Read More…

Traditional Chinese Medicine: GuāShā and Bá Guàn
cupping Chinese massage
Post by Eva  

  My first encounter with traditional Chinese medicine was several years ago when I first arrived to China. Back then, I was enrolled in an intensive Chinese language course, and one day one of my teachers, my favorite one, Ms. Liu, showed up to school with the back of her neck all purple and angry Read More…

A Taste of Chinese Internet Lingo: What Does Soy Sauce Have to Do With It?
soy sauce
Post by Eva  

  Sometimes, no matter how good your Chinese is, you’ll hear words or phrases that make completely no sense. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a Chinese friend (or better yet, a teacher) to help you, their explanations might not necessarily make sense to you. Some words or phrases will seem simple, yet their Read More…

Going for a Massage
Chinese massage
Post by Eva  

Living in Shanghai doesn’t come cheap, but one of the few things that is always cheaper (way cheaper than, for example, in Europe) is getting a massage. Well, I guess, it depends on where you go, really. A one-hour foot massage can range from as low as 30 yuan to a couple of hundreds, depending, Read More…

About the Chinese Word 过 Guò (Lesson 27)

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In Lesson 27 the word GUO has me confused as it is referred differently, e.g. have,before,celebrate,I understand it means expressing the completion of an action or crossing over!!!.,so have is past tense,beforeis past tense and is celebrate is not until the d is added. You are right, Guò has two meanings: 1) as a verb it means “to pass” Read More…

Coffee or Tea?
drinking Coffee in China
Post by Eva  

Although tea has traditionally been the drink of choice for most of Chinese, China has seen more and more coffee drinkers in the past few years. Nowadays, it seems, any respectable city corner and shopping plaza has to be adorned by a Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Pacific Coffee Company or Coffee Bean store. Starbucks is definitely Read More…

Let’s Talk about Chinese Food
Chinese Fried Noodles
Post by Eva  

  If loves goes through the stomach, then certainly, the way to loving (and knowing) China is through Chinese cuisine. But, “it’s complicated”: Food has always played an important role in China (and let’s be honest, food plays an important role everywhere, but after answering to 你吃饭了吗 for the umpteenth time, you might agree that Read More…

The Use of “De” in Chinese Language (Premium Mandarin Lesson 5)

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A student asks the following question about Lesson 5: I was wondering why the word “de” was used in line 17, Words and Phrases, in this lesson. I thought at first it was the genitive (possessive) particle but that seemed wrong. I looked it up on DimSum and found that it was probably the word Read More…

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