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Wo Xian Zou Le

Wǒ xiān zǒu le

A common expression used by Chinese people is 我先走了 (Wǒ xiān zǒu le). Literally translated it means "I am leaving first". This typical way of saying good-bye is used when leaving a group earlier than others. It is kind of…

Kermit Opening A Bottle

Wine Tasting

This lesson has something for almost everyone: beginner, secondary, and intermediate. Even Kermit can learn something from this post. Beginner Level Gānbēi is the Chinese equivalent of "Cheers". Literally it means "dry cup". But you don't have to feel obligated.…


Lost a Sock

My Sock Is Lost Have you ever lost something in the laundromat? Most people have, but we seldom notice until we get home. Here is a quick Mandarin lesson, just in case it happens to you. Interesting Grammar Pattern "Zhǎo…

The Unipiper


If you live in Portland, sooner or later you are likely to encounter the "Unipiper". This post will help you explain this guy to your Chinese friends. Also, the post has a bonus part 2 for more advanced students. The…


Rè Shuǐ

There are many reasons why Chinese people believe that drinking hot water (热水, rèshuǐ) is good for you. From a health perspective it is believed to enhance your vital energy (正气, zhèng qì... or qì). They believe that when you…

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