Solving things for once and for all: 明察秋毫

Ever have that puzzle you haven’t been able to solve for months, but after you think about it carefully, you’re finally able to solve the puzzle? Well, the Chinese had a similar realisation, except...

The Great Big Word 财 (Money): 财经/财务/财物/理财/财运

Who wants to be rich? Ask a random person on the street this question, and their response would almost certainly be yes. We have an inner craving for affluence, to be free of financial...

When things backfire: 此地无银三百两

Remember that one How I Met Your Mother episode where Marshall becomes sports guy, has too much cash on hand from running a fantasy league and becomes paranoid from carrying all the money around?...

Ordering Bubble Tea: A Local’s Guide

Bubble tea is one of the Chinese-speaking world’s favourite drinks. Ever since its creation in 1980s Taiwan, it has swept the Sinosphere and begun to hit the Western world. Already, thanks to the efforts...

I can do this! 到 (dào)

“I’ve done it!” The universal cry of exasperation after success. After what may have seemed to be the hardest math problem ever. After your first marathon. After your debut on stage. In Chinese, we say, “我做到了!”...

How to ask for things- a quick guide with ” 要 (yào)”

Each of us has our own needs and wants. For some, that may include getting the latest copy of FIFA. Others might want a job promotion and a raise. Some might just want a...

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...

IB Key Phrases – Social Relationships

It's no exaggeration when people say the IB really loves idioms, and incorporating idioms into your writing pieces effectively and persuasively is a plane ticket to a high score. Of course, there are plenty...

部首:火

火: Huǒ The fire has played such a momentous role in human civilisation. It changed our culinary practices, forged new materials, revolutionised energy generation and introduced new forms of warfare. The Chinese translation for “fire”...

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,...
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