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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 […]

Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese Characters

The following is a list of characters that are most likely to confuse Chinese learners of different levels. I recommend you have a go at the dictation practices first to see how many you can write from memory.   Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese Characters Dictation Practice Beginner Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese […]

Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #2: Writing: the Vehicle of Chinese History

中国历史新手指南 Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History   第二集:中国历史的载体——文字 #2: Writing: The Vehicle of Chinese History Listen to this episode of the podcast here: Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #2: Writing: the Vehicle of Chinese History     Episode Transcript

Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #1: The Periodization of Ancient Chinese History

Hi everyone. I’m creating this podcast for Chinese learners who want to learn a bit about Chinese history. Each podcast provides a concise, easy-to-understand introduction to a particular aspect of Chinese history. It is also a useful resource for listening practice, as I’ve asked my friends to speak clearly and at a slow pace. I […]

Top 12 Errors in Chinese English Dictionaries

Top 12 Errors in Chinese English Dictionaries 中英字典中的12个最常见错误 One of the challenges that Chinese learners of English face is being misled by Chinese English dictionaries, especially online ones. The following is a list of the 12 most common errors I have come across in my translating and teaching work. 学习英文的中国人面临的挑战之一是中英字典的误导,特别是在线的字典。以下是我在翻译和教学过程中遇到的12个最常见的错误。