Valentine’s day! Ways to say “I love you” in Chinese

Valentine's day in China falls under the ‘shopping holiday’ category, right alongside 11.11 (singles day), it’s a commercial holiday that young couples like to celebrate. The reason for it not being widely celebrated is that ‘western’ valentine’s day normally falls very close to Spring Festival, so most families will be celebrating that instead. For example, this …

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Yummy Spring Festival food that we can’t get enough off

As the most important holiday in China a lot of attention is played to what food is provided during Spring festival, with special dates during the holiday having their own specific food. So we are going to run through the top three Spring Festival dishes. Dumplings (饺子, jiǎo zǐ) Normally, as a family, you can …

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What the year of the dog means for China

The Chinese zodiac is an important part of Chinese culture, one that still plays a leading role in people’s daily life. Even today, millions of people in China believe these predictions and use them to make important decisions. Even if you don’t believe in Zodiac predictions, reading about them and their implications are fascinating. The …

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Using the Chinese Zodiac to teach your kids about Chinese Culture

Chinese astrology was created as a field since the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). Since then it increasingly led people's lives. And with it, the Chinese animal zodiac, or Shengxiao (生肖 ,sheng1 xiao4), meaning born resembling, was also created. It is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and …

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What are some main differences between Chinese and English?

If you just read the title you are probably thinking the answer is ‘Everything!’ and you aren’t wrong, Mandarin Chinese and English are very different languages.   Tones vs Intonation Let’s start with the most basic one Tones and Intonation. Chinese has 4 tones (5 if you count the silent tone), as an example, the …

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