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Teaching Chinese culture and tradition is an essential part of teaching Mandarin Chinese. Not only are the words and phrases important, but learning about the lives of Chinese people adds a motivation to integrate and inspire my students to continue to pursue the language. Today, I’m going to introduce four traditional events that Chinese couples ...


When I first traveled to China, I ended up spending 3 months learning Mandarin and making friends. Those first few months my friends had special occasions. One of them got married. One had a birthday. Another’s sister had a baby. I wasn’t sure what the custom was to offer congratulations. Should I get them a ...


You feel very hungry because you didn’t have breakfast this morning. But the Mandarin class doesn’t end for 20 more minutes. At the moment, you’d probably say “我恨不得现在就下课 (Wǒ hènbude xiànzài jiù xiàkè)!”
Question: What does the word “恨不得 (hènbude)” mean here?
A. hate
B. very anxious to
C. love
D. not allowed to
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You will meet an important Chinese client. Unfortunately, you are caught in the traffic jam; it seems that you will be late for this meeting. How do you make a sincere apology when you meet the client?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Fúwùyuán, there is a fly in my dish. I can’t believe it!
    B: …
    ...


Learn different ways to say “goodbye” and show how you care for others.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Becky, I got a promotion! Yìqǐ qù hē yì bēi?
    B: Great! Wǎnshang jiǔ diǎn, zěnmeyàng?
    A: …
    What would she say? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Hǎo, wǎnshang hǎo!
    B. Hǎo, yíhuìr jiàn!
    C. Hǎo, duìbuqǐ!
2. ...


Often, the Mandarin Chinese students in my class will hear trendy slang language that they don’t understand. It’s always fun, as a Chinese teacher, to explain to the class what these new expressions mean. Often, I let the students make an educated guess before explaining the meaning fully. Today, I will introduce to you an ...


Mandarin Chinese is definitely a foreign language for Westerners and even Easterners alike. But what are some of the most common misconceptions that Mandarin Chinese Learners have? We explore the top four below:
1. All Chinese People Speak Standard Mandarin Chinese
Not true! When I was traveling throughout China, even though I was an HSK Level ...


Oftentimes your Chinese friends may greet you by saying: “Have you had anything to eat?” You were puzzled. This is a typical small talk in China though. How do you respond in an authentic way?

Exercise in the Video:
1. A: Hi, Becky! Chī le ma?
    B: Hái méi chī, wǒ gāng kàn le diànyǐng.
    According to ...


Let’s go to Paris! Let’s play Angry birds! Let’s learn how to make a suggestion by using “吧 (ba).”

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Bella, what do you want to do on the weekend?
    B: Wǒmen qù Disneyland ba!
    Which of the following statements is true? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Bella suggests going to ...


This tea is very pleasant to drink, that movie is unpleasant to watch. Learn how to express approval or disapproval of something.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Anna, nǐ xǐhuan zhèige dàngāo ma?
    B: Wǒ hěn xǐhuan! ________________。
    Please choose the answer that best completes the dialogue.
    A. Zhèige dàngāo hěn hǎochī.
    B. ...


Are you a person who is concerned about the body shapes of yourself and others? Sometimes on the street, we can’t take our eyes away when we see some nice body types, or some “辣眼睛 (làyǎnjīng) eyes feeling spicy” types. In Chinese, we have some vivid phrases to describe the perfect and imperfect body parts ...


Find the wrong Chinese characters in the sentences and correct them.
1. 丽丽是一个很票亮的女孩。
2. 在一次白助餐晚会上,我吃了好多美味的实物。
3. 杰克母次学习都想偷懒。
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Stella and I are going to a bar tonight, do you want to come or not? Do you want to eat ice cream or not? Does Jill like Lady Gaga or not?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Becky, I saw a person in a shopping mall yesterday. Nàge rén shì bú shì nǐ?
    B: Nàge rén ...


I have been teaching Chinese for over 12 years. And I have seen my Chinese language-learning students every Chinese language mistake in the book! But I have noticed over the years that there are some mistakes almost everyone makes. Chances are you are making them, too, and can easily avoid these pitfalls if you just ...


Things you must know about Valentine’s Day!

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Ellie, qíngrén jié nǐmen zuò shénme?
    B: Wǒmen qù chī zhúguāng wǎncān, ránhòu qù kàn diànyǐng.
    What is Ellie NOT going to do on the Valentine’s Day? Please choose the best answer.
    A. chī zhúguāng wǎncān
    B. mǎi qíngrén jié lǐwù
    C. kàn diànyǐng
Watch ...


A computer, an air conditioner and a washing machine…did you know that you need to use measure words to say these words in Chinese?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Jessica, what do you want to sing? I’ll help you choose.
    B: I only know two Chinese songs. Two Tigers and Sweet Honey.
    How many Chinese songs ...


Please choose the correct word to fill in the blank.
    Wǒ bú dà xǐhuān zài yóuyǒngchí yóuyǒng, zhǐ ______ qù yí cì.
1. 我  不  大    喜欢  在     游泳池    游泳,     只  ______ 去 一 次。
A. 偶然 (ǒurán)

B. 偶尔 (ǒu’ěr)

C. 偶遇 (ǒuyù)

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Often on the first day of class, I like to discuss with my students why they chose to learn Mandarin Chinese in China. Some students are young and interested in the appeal of something mysterious. Some of my students are a few decades older and settling down in China with family or already working in ...


Drinking culture in China, compared drinking culture in Western societies is quite different. And, by “drinking” I don’t mean tea or juice! Just as most other societies like to “put one back” and have one (or many!) alcoholic beverages in an evening, so too do the Chinese. However, it’s good to do your homework before ...


How do you start a phone conversation in Chinese? There are some special expressions you’ve got to know.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Wéi, nǐ hǎo! Wǒ zhǎo Mary.
    B: Shì Jack mɑ? Wǒ shì Mary.
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Jack zhăo Mary.
    ...


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