Micro Lessons

Tiny 2 sentence lessons, featuring useful, high frequency expressions.
  • Western New Years

    Western New Years

    Chinese people celebrate the new year, just like we do … with lots of fireworks. You probably know that fireworks were invented in China, so the Chinese fireworks are (am just guessing here) more than 1000 times more plentiful in China. However, in recent years Shanghai has restricted personal fireworks due to pollution concerns. Audio Chinese Pi...

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  • Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

    Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

    If you find yourself in China in December you maybe surprised how eagerly stores and shops embrace the “Christmas Spirit”. However, their commercial enthusiasm is always somewhat awkwardly cute. This photo of bearded lady Santa’s kind of sums it up for me. These ladies are from Shenyang in the NE of China. They are actually warming up ...

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    • Jing'an Temple from the north side.
      Jing'an Temple from the north side.
    • Jinan main entrance
      Jinan main entrance
    • Giant symbol of prosperity and good luck.
      Giant symbol of prosperity and good luck.
    • Burning incense is important for prayer.
      Burning incense is important for prayer.
    • Vendors booths offering handmade and novel products.
      Vendors booths offering handmade and novel products.

    Jingan Temple in Shanghai

    Jingan Temple is a Buddist temple in Shanghai. According to wikipedia it was first built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. It was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty, and renovated, with a new Pagoda, in 2010.” Why do Chinese people burn incense? I have asked many people and ...

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    • Not your typical mountain top.
      Not your typical mountain top.
    • At the halfway point you can see the stairs leading to a pass.
      At the halfway point you can see the stairs leading to a pass.
    • Steep stairs from here to the top
      Steep stairs from here to the top
    • Prayer locks and prayer flags.
      Prayer locks and prayer flags.
    • Made a friend while climbing Taishan
      Made a friend while climbing Taishan

    Climbing the Stairway to Tai Shan

    From Jinan city it is only a 20 minute train ride to Tai An, a city at the base of Mount Tai (泰山, Taishan).  From the train station to the trail head is a 45 minute bus ride.   The path to top of the mountain is paved with stone.  It has to be.  This is the most climbed mountain in China.  The path would have been washed away years ago without thos...

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    • You want me in the middle?
      You want me in the middle?
    • Am I doing this right?
      Am I doing this right?
    • When can I put my leg down?
      When can I put my leg down?
    • This isn't that difficult.
      This isn't that difficult.
    • Qi gong
      Qi gong

    Practicing Taichi at Daminghu Park

    Every morning at 7AM a group of adults gathers in a corner of Daminghu Park to practice Taichi. It was clear from the banter that they knew each other well. In fact you could tell they cared a lot about each other. Asking about each others children, discussing recent trips, etc. I think they are very fortunate to have an excellent teacher and such a lar...

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