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...

Basic stroke order: rules

Basic stroke order: rules   When your language is known as an art when written, you know you have high standards every time you write. Writing in Chinese once used to be an exercise of precision...

How tones can make or break your Chinese

How tones can make or break your Chinese   In English, homophones can confuse you. Did your friend say ‘here’ or ‘hear’? ‘Bear’ or ‘bare’? Misunderstandings have no doubt arisen from a misheard statement in English, but...

Imagine if someone runs up to you and tells you, “Yo! Give me some names of jobs!” Weird, I know, but you never know if that ever happens.   Now, you might be able to give a...

在 (zài) for locations

在 (zài) for locations   The Chinese character 在 is one of those characters that seem to be useful in every other sentence. This means it has a variety of functions. For example, 健在(Jiànzài) means ‘healthy...

天衣无缝 (an essay/ speech that is flawless)

天衣无缝 (tiān yī wú fèng)   Have you ever been so proud of yourself for producing something so perfect or had a moment where you felt like you accomplished something? Yeah neither have I.   Anyway, if you...

Why strict teachers can be good: 三令五申 (to repeatedly give out orders)

Strict teachers. *breathes*  DETENTION! Along with bullying, zero tolerance policies and having to wake up at 6 in the morning after a long night gaming or binging a TV show, they’re probably one of the...

Chinese Finance Words: What to know as a banker

Chinese Finance Words: What to know as a banker Virtually everyone has a bank account these days. Perhaps some have accounts with a lot of empty space, but they’re accounts nevertheless.  With such a wide...

How To Use Titles In Chinese (Mr., Mrs., Sir, etc.)

Imagine you’re talking to a client - an average person who requires your services. Now the relationship between the two of you is purely a business relationship. That means rarely if not first-name basis, and...

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....
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