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Expressing "not at all" with "yidianr ye bu" - Chinese Grammar Wiki

Sometimes we may want to say something is "not even the least bit [adjective]." For example, we might say in English: "I am not at all hungry." In …

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Top 8 Fright Night Phrases

Secretly, we all wish we were still young and wide-eyed enough to put enough effort into that perfect costume, to go trick or treating with an empty …

"Exploding Red"- Three Auspicious Uses of 红

<b>In China, red is king.</b><p>Used to describe everything from money and politics to modern internet memes and ancient artistic imagery, <b>red is the</b> …

3 Ways to Say Funny: 好笑 vs 可笑 vs 幽默

<b>Do you know these 3 ways to say funny: 好笑 , 可笑, 幽默 ?</b><p>How about the differences between them?<p>They might sound similar but they’re actually different – …

Chengyu for Playing Hot Potato with Explosives

Want to improve your hand-eye coordination, teamwork, and mental strength?<p>You could play basketball.<p>You could also join the People’s Liberation Army …

Chinese Names for All 30 NBA Teams

While China may be known more for <b>kung fu</b> (功夫 – gōng fu) and <b>ping pong</b> (乒乓 – pīng pāng) – both English words that were borrowed from Chinese, by the …

Chinese Food Vocabulary: 50 Words and Phrases

There are more than 3,300 branches of KFC in China. Coca Cola can be found in every supermarket all around China. Chinese McDonald’s branches are …

Embarrassing Moment: How Not to Impress Your Girlfriend's Mom

As part of our Embrace the Embarrassing Moments series, we feature a reader’s story about an embarrassing moment from when they were learning Chinese.<p>…

7 Awesome Chinese Idioms with Dragons

Do you know what the dragon symbolizes for Chinese people?<p><b>The dragon has been a sacred creature since ancient times.</b> It is the king of beasts and …

Chinese Measure Words (Part 1): People, Animals, Plants

People:个(個)<b>ge</b><b>person, thing</b>一<b>个</b>人 (yī ge rén) “a person”五<b>个</b>小孩 (wǔ ge xiǎohái) “five children”The character actually contains the symbol for person, but …

Chinese Measure Words (Part 2): Size & Shape, Wrapped Items

• Introduction<br>• Part 1: People, Animals, Plants• <b><br>Part 2: Size & Shape, Wrapped Items</b><br>• Part 3: Events, Buildings & Structures<br>• Part 4: Foods, Household Items, …

I'd stick knives in my ribs for you, man

This is probably our most violent chengyu ever.<p>But it’s also one of the most positive.<p>Use this chengyu for close friends that you’d do anything for, …

Essential Chengyu: To be dazzled or overwhelmed

Have you been to a Chinese casino? If not, you should check one out – they’re so colorful and glitzy that they make Western ones seem quiet and …

Essential Chengyu: Don't you love this feeling?

<b>Have you ever come across a chengyu that is good, so good that you want to say it when you’re speaking English?</b><p><b>We have such a chengyu for you today:</b> …

Essential Chengyu: Bursting with Joy - 心花怒放

<b>There are enough moments of terror while learning Chinese.</b><p><b>So here’s a chengyu to help you celebrate the moments of joy: 心花怒放 (xīn huā nù fàng).</b><p><b>心花怒放</b> …

Essential Chengyu: To see someone in a new light - 刮目相看

Do you know anyone who went to China and came back speaking fluent Chinese, making you look at them in a whole new light?<p>Or are you in China right …

Essential Chengyu: Like a fish in water - 如鱼得水

Do you ever have those moments when you know your Chinese is on?<p>When you almost feel like you were born to speak Chinese?<p>When you feel like a fish in …

Essential Chengyu: Call someone out with this - 强词夺理

One of the hardest things to do in Chinese is to argue and debate. <b>If you’re arguing with someone and you want to call them out for not making any</b> …

Chinese Slang: Can't take it anymore? 伤不起

<b>Today we cover a Chinese slang word you can use next time you have a rough week at work, in the stock market, or with your significant other: 伤不起</b> …

Essential Chengyu: Next time you find yourself in a debate – 合情合理

Debating and persuading are some of the hardest things to do in Chinese. You probably find yourself saying a lot of 有道理 (yǒu dàolǐ – that makes …

Essential Chengyu: A chengyu for the dining room table – 津津有味

Food is a big part of Chinese culture. Unfortunately, you may find yourself overusing 好吃 (hǎochī – delicious), the word you learned after 你好 (nǐhǎo).</b> …

Expressing permission with "keyi" - Chinese Grammar Wiki

Level<p>Similar to<p>Used for<p>Keywords<p>可以, 可<p>Translations<p>可以 (kěyǐ) is an auxiliary verb primarily used for expressing permission. It's often translated as …

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Don’t misrepresent yourself in Chinese court!权利 vs. 权益

Rights of any kind (legal, human, etc.) is way too difficult an issue that we’re not smart enough to cover at our blog. <b>But what we can do is help you</b> …

Essential Chengyu: Are you just happy or 兴高采烈?

<b>高兴 (gāoxìng – happy) is a useful word you learned in first year Chinese, but perhaps it’s time that you found synonyms that let you express yourself</b> …

How do you say wealth in Chinese? 财产 vs. 财富

Today we break down 2 words that are both used in the context of wealth: 财产(cáichǎn) and 财富 (cáifù)。They might seem similar but are actually used …

Chinese Word Order and English Word Order: How Similar?

I get a lot of questions from absolute beginners about Chinese word order. “<i>I heard it’s almost the same as English. Is it??</i>”It’s not an easy …

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Chinese Euphemisms: The Advanced Phrases You Need for Smooth Sailing Through 15 Delicate Topics

Imagine you’re talking with a friend.<p>All of a sudden, she blurts out “I killed my dog last night.”<p>What?! You’re shocked—and quite honestly a little …

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