Sure, you've heard of Chinese new year, but how about Chinese Mid-Autumn festival?
Every year, Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. One the most important aspects of this celebration is the moon. Watch this video and learn a few key phrases and fun words associated the Mid-Autumn Festival and the moon itself!
Susan is visiting her friend for Spring Festival. Let's see how a Chinese family celebrates this holiday.
Susan accidentally runs into her friend's family members in the street. Not knowing who they are, she is given the wrong directions and heads further away from the house.
There are two ways to say hello in Chinese: "ni hao," the informal way, and "nin hao," the manner that shows respect.
After receiving the wrong directions, Susan is now lost and needs to find her way to her friend's home.
Although Susan has finally found her way, her friend's family mistakes her for another person.
Things get weirder when Susan gets mistaken for Xiao Wei's girlfriend.
When Mai Miao returns home, everything finally becomes clear.
After Mai Miao introduces Susan to her family, they happily celebrate the New Year.
There are different ways to ask someone his or her name. For people who are older than us, "nin" should be used, while "ni" should be used for younger people.
Coins are traditionally incorporated into the Chinese New Year dumplings with a symbolic meaning.
It's very easy to state the date in Chinese. All you need is the number plus the words "year," "month," and "day."
Would you ask for your present two weeks before your actual birthday?
There are two ways of introducing people to others. One is more formal and the other is more causal.
The "is" word sentence is a very common sentence pattern in Chinese. Many sentences can be formed using this sentence structure.
There are three ways to say thank you in Chinese depending on the person that you are thanking. And to say you are welcome, you can simply say "no thanks."
The handy sentence in learning Chinese is "what's this called in Chinese?"
To make something past tense in Chinese is very simple. Just add "le" at the end and the sentence is now past tense.
The Chinese idiom, "San Xin Er Yi," literally means, "Three hearts, two thoughts." It can be used to describe someone who splits his energy between many things instead of focusing on one task at a time. The simple vocabulary in this video gives an example of "San Xin Er Yi."
This idiom is used as a metaphor for the punishment of a person to alert others to correct their behavior.
Hear the story from which the saying, "Hun Shui Mo Yu" came about. It means to take advantage of a chaotic time or deliberately create confusion to obtain benefits.
This Chinese idiom advises people not to give up halfway through or leave something unfinished.
"Shou Zhu Dai Tu" means, "Sitting by a stump, waiting for a careless rabbit to hit the stump." Originally, it referred to the routineer in an ironic way. Later, the metaphor came to mean one does not take the initiative to work hard and wants to get a windfall.