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Teacher And New Student

Nǐ Guòjiǎng Le

As your Mandarin skills increase, you will inevitably receive compliments from Chinese friends. Chinese people appreciate modesty, so learning how to respond is a good idea. The phrase nlǐ nlǐ? literally means "Where? where?". It implies that you feel that…

Chinese Children Washing Hands

Wash Your Hands Often

When will the pandemic end? Maybe when we have a plentiful supply of a reliable vaccine. In the mean time, washing hands, wearing a face mask, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing, are the most effective strategies at this…

We All Need To Wear Our Face Masks


By now everyone is aware of the Coronavirus spreading rapidly across China and several other countries. In the last few days it seems to have reached the west coast of the US. It is still too early to know the…

Celebrate Valentines Day

Qíngrěn jié

Valentines day is coming soon. Don't be caught off guard without an appropriate Chinese greeting. If this phrase sounds inverted ... it is. In English, we say "Happy Valentines Day", but the Chinese prefer to say "Valentines Day Happy". This…

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

  A very common Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin is Xīnnián hǎo (新年好), which directly translates as 'New Year Goodness'. Chinese New Year Activities Chinese people celebrate the new year on the second new moon following the Winter Solstice.…

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