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O LEVEL CHINESE IDIOMS SERIES 2 In the previous series of O level Chinese Idioms, we taught you 10 idioms (成语). In this series, we're going to teach you another 10. These are useful for Chinese composition writing and oral examinations. 冠冕堂皇(guàn miǎn táng huáng) “冠冕堂皇”literally means that “assume dignified airs like people who wear coronets, diadems or other insignia of high office”. It basically means “high-sounding” or “impressive looking”. Here’s an example: “他的藉口可真冠冕堂皇”   “tā de jiè kǒu kě zhēn guàn miǎn táng huáng”    “His excuse was a beaut.” 骑虎难下(qí hǔ nán xià) “骑虎难下” literally means “riding a

Higher Mandarin Language For Adults Vocabulary Series In 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

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