The Chinese love story that went to the moon.. but not back.

We love tragic, star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet? Still going strong after thousands of renditions. The Fault in Our Stars? A hit as a novel and just as popular as a movie. And let’s...

Why you should always reach out for the bill

Ever reach the end of a meal and see people tensely gripping their wallets, ready to race to see who can slap their credit card on the bill first? In Chinese culture, this is...

Understanding “Biang”: The character with the most complex strokes

Breaking down the most complicated Chinese character If you were asked to name the longest word you knew, what would you say? Perhaps you might mention the lung disease “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”, a 45-letter behemoth that Oxford...

3 Ways To Show Respect Towards Your Boss

Your boss.   Whether you love them, hate them or fear them, they must have done something right to be ordering you around. Regardless of how you feel about them, you should respect your boss. Sometimes,...

Understanding that the world changes: 刻舟求剑

Ah, Donald Trump.   It would be almost comical to watch him rant about how climate change is fake news if he weren’t the leader of the free world. As it turns out, he’s not the first...

Ancient Chinese is easier than you think: Fish

Fish are our earliest ancestors. If they haven’t evolved to walk on land, mankind wouldn’t have existed! In ancient times, people who lived along the coast were usually fishermen and sold fish for a living....

Tips and Tricks for Bargaining in Chinese

This article is all that stands between you and being ripped off on the streets of China. Street vendors obviously want to protect their interests and make the most profits, which is why the prices...

The only guide you need to avoid offending any Chinese person

  First time going to China and you don’t want to offend someone by accident? Here are some easy tips to help you get along with everyone. Let’s go through some of the things that...

5 Internet expressions you need to become a native Chinese netizen!

藍瘦 香菇 Lán shòu xiānggū If you look into the literal meaning of 藍瘦香菇 Lán shòu xiānggū , which is “blue ,thin ,good-smelling mushroom”,  you won’t understand anything about this expression. Who would expect...

In Chinese, Pets (宠物) Means “A Spoiled Thing”

What do all of these animals have in common? Look at images below and guess the meaning of this phrase. They all don’t do anything but still get a roof over their heads, a bed...
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