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Expressing Envy
03/22/2021

Expressing Envy

This young couple has been invited to a social event at a friends new house, but they are shocked at the size of the house. Having recently moved to Portland, they had no idea that their college friends were so…

12/27/2020

Yuán Dàn – January 1st

Chinese people have a name for the first of January, but they don't actually celebrate it. Their historic lunar calendar starts on a different day. The first of January is called Yuán dàn (元旦), but it has no real significance.…

Teacher And New Student
05/17/2020

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
04/25/2020

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…

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