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September 2015

O Level Chinese Idioms SeriesLearn Mandarin Can Be a lot easier. In this series of O level Chinese Idioms, we will teach you 10 idioms that are useful for composition writing and oral examinations.过眼云烟(guò yǎn yún yān) 过眼云烟(guò yǎn yún yān) means passing clouds. It can be used to describe some unimportant things for someone. Also it also means that something passes quickly. For example, “往事犹如过眼云烟” “wǎng shìyóu rú guò yǎn yún yān.” “Memories have completely become the past”大势已去 (dà shì yǐ qù) “大势已去” means something is on the decline. For example: “由于大势已去,项羽自刎于乌江” “Yóu yū dà

Higher Mandarin Language For Adults Vocabulary SeriesIn this first part of our Mandarin for Adults Vocabulary Series, we are going to introduce five common polyphones and teach you how to use them properly. What needs to be mentioned is that having a good command of the most commonly used Chinese polyphones will be of great help in learning Chinese at the intermediate level. 1) 好 This character has two different pronunciations, hao3 and hao4. Each one has its own special meaning, and both forms of this character will combine with other words

Learn Mandarin Series: Eat tea or drink tea?Today, in our Learn Mandarin Series, we ask: Are we eating tea, or drinking tea? Which is the more appropriate way of saying in the Chinese language?茶(chá ), or what we know as tea, originated from Sichuan, China. It was recorded first to be taken as a sort of Chinese medicine, because it has many nutritional benefits.Many years later, tea was appreciated more as a cooling drink to freshen you up, coupled with its nice aroma. It was only planted and drunk in Sichuan

Origins of Chinese Characters In order for us to learn the Mandarin language, we need to first learn it's written form: Chinese characters. To learn Chinese characters well, it'll be useful to learn their origins.Chinese characters are called 汉字 (hàn zì). They are logograms used in the writing of Chinese and some other Asian languages, like the Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese language. In English, they are called Han Characters.Unlike the English world of alphabet scripts, with a few dozen letters, Chinese language itself has thousands of characters that represent words.The name

Commonly Used Mandarin Phrases In The SummerAny Chinese person will readily tell you that because China occupies many degrees of latitude (well, China is large), the temperature, terrain and cultures within China are vastly different.Summer in central China (consisting of cities such as Shanghai and Wuhan) as well as Southern China have an intense heated humidity whereas Northern China is more commonly known for long dry days accompanied by soaring temperatures.To equip any traveller for a hot summer’s day in China, here are a few handy Chinese translations which will

How to Help Your Kids Learn Chinese Language BetterMore kids are learning Chinese and parents are facing a wrenching question in the midst of a westernized generation in Singapore.You might ask yourself: How to help my kids learn Chinese? Many parents that come to our Mandarin School ask us that question. It's a common question, but it's not easy to answer. Why? Because we're living in a westernized society. Everything we learn, we learn from the west. Yes, although China is rising as a world power, but Singapore has yet to catch