Culture: Mothers Day 母亲节 mǔqīn jié

Source: Traditional Chinese culture has always hailed filial piety as an independent merit. The Chinese philosophies, including the Confucianism and Taoism, either have their own classics on filial piety, or attach great importance to it. The idea of a Mother's selfless love is also a repeated theme in Chinese literature, especially the ancient poems. … Continue reading Culture: Mothers Day 母亲节 mǔqīn jié

Culture: Labor Day 五一劳动节 wǔyī láodòng jié

Known more colloquially as “May Day” (五一节 – wǔ yī jié), this holiday always falls on May 1st. Actually, May 1st is International Labor Day, as it is an official holiday in over 80 countries. The Central People's Government Administration Office decided in December 1949 to define May 1 as Labor Day. After 1989, the … Continue reading Culture: Labor Day 五一劳动节 wǔyī láodòng jié

Culture: Easter 复活节 fù huó jié

Image source: Taste of home Happy Easter! 复活节快乐! fù huó jié kuài lè In China, this is not a widely celebrated festival. Only Christians, Catholics, and Orthodox believers celebrate. People in Hong Kong celebrate Easter more avidly. This is partly because of their English traditions, and partly because there are a lot of Christians, established churches, … Continue reading Culture: Easter 复活节 fù huó jié

Lesson: Simple Adjectives 形容词 xíng róng cí

  In Chinese, adjectives are called predicative adjectives because posses the value gave by the verb “to be”. For example: 她漂亮。tā piàoliang. She is more beautiful. 她不漂亮。tā bù piàoliang. She is not beautiful. There is no need to use '是' (shì)  in the sentence containing an adjective. Here are a few common adjectives for reference: good hǎo;hào  - 好 hard yìng  … Continue reading Lesson: Simple Adjectives 形容词 xíng róng cí

Lesson: Common verbs 动词 dòngcí

Simple verbs are made up of only one character and can be easily used in a sentence. 爱 (ài) — to love 去 (qù) — to go 来 (lái) — to come 要 (yào) — to want 做 (zuò) — to do 写 (xiě) — to write 听 (tīng) — to hear/listen 看 (kàn) — to see/watch/look Compound verbs have more than one character. These character groups can form a single word in some … Continue reading Lesson: Common verbs 动词 dòngcí

Extra: I go travelling 我去旅行 wǒ qù lǚxíng

If you are planning to travel to China, here are some useful vocabularies for your practising 😀 Airport 飞机场 fēijī chǎng Train station 火车站 huǒchē zhàn Bus station 公车站 gōngchē zhàn Bus stop 巴士车站 bāshì chē zhàn Plane  飞机 fēi jī Train 火车 huǒ chē Bus 巴士 /  公车 bāshì / gōngchē Taxi 出租车 chūzū … Continue reading Extra: I go travelling 我去旅行 wǒ qù lǚxíng

Extra: Vacation 假期 jiàqī

  假期 (jiàqī) is specifically about being off work or not having classes etc. It is a noun, a vacation, a holiday. Here are some examples to use this term in Mandarin: 这个假期她出去旅行。Zhège jiàqī tā chūqù lǚxíng. She went travelling during the holiday. 我们期待着一个快乐的假期。Wǒmen qídàizhe yīgè kuàilè de jiàqī. We're looking forward to a happy vacation. 假期你玩得开心吗?Jiàqī … Continue reading Extra: Vacation 假期 jiàqī