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Carl’s Recommended English Vocabulary – Part 2

Here’s the next batch of vocabulary I recommend my students learn. They represent the most common words used in everyday spoken and written English according to various corpora. 这是下一批我建议学生学习的词汇。按照各种语料库,它们代表日常生活中的英语口语和书面的最常用词语。 In preparing these lists I discovered that some of the most common words native speakers of English use every day are often completely unknown to Chinese […]

Carl’s Recommended English Vocabulary – Part 1

My students are always very interested in boosting their English vocabulary. However, I noticed that many of the vocabulary books published in China are of a poor quality – they are either full of Chinglish or don’t select the most practical words for students to learn. So I decided to create a few of my […]

Another 12 Common Errors in Chinese English Dictionaries

Here’s another 12 mistakes you might find in Chinese English dictionaries. The first blog I wrote on this topic can found here. 这篇文章是我另外收集的12个中英字典中常见错误。我写的第一篇相同题目的博客,可以在这里读到。   Please note that I have not included in these posts “standard” or “fixed” English translations of Chinese words that are frowned upon by native speakers of English. Take, for example, the […]

35 Common False Friends in Chinese and Japanese

Here’s some good examples I’ve collected of false friends in Chinese and Japanese – that is, words that are used by the two languages but have different meanings. There are of course many more than the ones I managed to come up with – if you know of any, please leave them in the comments. […]

Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #3: The Developmental History of Buddhism in China

中国历史新手指南 Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History   第三集:佛教在中国的发展历史 #3: The Developmental History of Buddhism in China Listen to this episode of the podcast here: Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #3: The Developmental History of Buddhism in China Episode Transcript

120 Basic English Grammar Drills (120基础英语语法练习)

把这些简单的中文句子翻译成英语。 Translate these simple Chinese sentences into English. 不要在自己做翻译之前看参考答案! Do not look at the reference answers until you’ve had a try yourself!   120基础英语语法练习 120 Basic English Grammar Drills 医院旁边有一家餐厅。 今天学校里面有很多人。 上海有2400万人口。 三分之二的学生是女孩。 我们去不去取决于天气情况。 有人在厕所里。 有人认为读书无用。 有时候青年人对老人不尊重。 他被一帮年轻人攻击了。 我有一个好消息要告诉你。 他有一个建议要告诉你。 还有三个证据没提交给法庭。 有三个任务还没完成。 他的很多作品我都没读过。 他跟一些韩国公司做生意。 他经营了三家企业。 这些家具不是我的,但有三件是我老板的。 这些衣服不是我的,但有一件是我姐姐的。 那些行李在哪里?我好像把一件行李落在酒店里。 你喜欢吃面包吗?我今天烤了一个面包,你把它切成片吧。 三只羊和五头牛突然不见了。 警方宣称三位警员已经辞职了。 你说世界那么大,其实宇宙更大。 别的学生在哪里?他们不在教室里。 英国女王当然去过泰晤士河。 保险柜的钥匙丢了。 […]

Cultural Differences Between Chinese and Westerners: Part 1

Cultural Differences Between Chinese and Westerners: Part 1 浅谈中西文化差异(上)   During the last century, contact between Chinese and Westerners was relatively limited, and both people knew little about the other. Now we have more opportunities than ever for exchange. With that, however, comes a need for greater understanding of cultural differences. Today I’d like to […]

Random Trivia #12 – Interesting Conditions

Test your English and Chinese vocabulary level! See how many of these words you can guess. Today’s theme is interesting conditions. Here’s a tip: most of them (but not all) end in 病 bìng (“sickness”) or 症 zhèng (“disease”). Also note many of these are new and popular expressions in Chinese, and some do not […]

Top 80 Most Common Polite Expressions in Chinese

Polite expressions (礼貌用语 lǐmào yòngyǔ) are often neglected by learners of Chinese. They are rarely covered in textbooks, and there is a general misconception that Chinese does not have many such expressions. While “manners” as we understand them in English-speaking countries are not typically observed in modern-day China, it would be incorrect to claim that […]

Interpreting Speech #10 – Frankston City Council (English-into-Mandarin)

Briefing Here is the briefing. You do not need to interpret the briefing. You have been called to interpret for a visiting delegation from China. They are attending an information session being held by an employee of Frankston City Council. End of briefing. Speech starts now. Listen to Speech Interpreting Speech #10 – Frankston City […]