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Embarrassing Mandarin Mistakes

Since Mandarin is a tonal language with many homonyms, it is easy to use the wrong tones and end up saying something unintended. Sometimes these unintended utterances can be quite embarrassing, but also very funny. For example, a blogger called Tonggu Momma told her Mandarin teacher that she was chopping down a tree instead of...

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What are Some Effective Methods of Learning Chinese?

As well as learning with experienced professional tutors, using Chinese textbooks and listening materials that are appropriate to your level, you should always try to look for innovative and effective study methods. Here are some that worked for some Mandarin learners: Beginner Level: Learn common sentences. If available, get a Chinese person to ruthlessly correct your...

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Online Education VS On-campus Education

What exactly is the difference between online and on-campus education? Is online education the same thing as eLearning? Which of the two is better? Is one style of education more effective than the other? While online education is indeed the future of learning, can a computer truly replace a teacher? Online education will not completely...

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How the Online Mandarin Course Helps My Chinese Study

Hi! My name is Lisa and I’ve been learning Mandarin with New Concept Mandarin for a few weeks now. What I really like about this course is that it doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of Mandarin — like a lot of other courses seem to do. All new vocabulary is explained as it is introduced, and...

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Homemade Zongzi makes this Duanwu Festival even Happier

Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating Zongzi and racing dragon boats. Zongzi(粽子zòngzi) is a traditional Chinese food made of glutinous rice, stuffed with different fillings, and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves,...

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Is Mandarin from Taiwan Different?

People who have been to Taiwan might find that people there speak Taiwanese as well as Mandarin. And they will also find that there are differences between Mandarin in Taiwan and in mainland. It’s nothing weird because a lot of Taiwan compatriots used to live in mainland. The differences are mainly the vocabulary and accent....

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Maybe you have seen friends with dark circles on the neck and back like a ladybug. Or maybe you have seen someone with light bruising on the back like a zebra. Surely they did not fight with someone. That’s traditional medical treatment. Have you ever heard of traditional Chinese medicine? Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed...

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How do Native Chinese Greet Each Other?

Are you saying “nǐ hǎo” to greet just about anyone you come into contact with? Yes, one of the first words that most people learn in Chinese is “nǐ hǎo,” which means “hello.” But “你好” and “你好吗?” are mostly textbook greetings and are not used by native Chinese on daily basis. Chinese people don’t say “nǐ...

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Chinese Tea Culture

Chinese tea culture refers to the methods of preparation of tea, the equipment used to make tea and the occasions in which tea is consumed in China. Nowadays in both casual and formal Chinese occasions, tea is consumed regularly. In addition to being a drink, Chinese tea is used in traditional Chinese medicine and in...