Tag Archives: adjectives

Carl’s Recommended English Vocabulary – Part 3

Here’s the next batch – enjoy! 第三批已经写完了!   Download Carl’s Recommended English Vocabulary – Part 2 下载傅君恺英语词汇表第二部 Download Carl’s Recommended English Vocabulary – Part 3 here

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 […]

104 More Common Erhuayin Words in Mandarin

This is a follow-up to my previous post about 128 Common Erhuayin Words in Mandarin. 天儿 tiānr: 1. day 今天是什么天儿?What’s the day today? 2. weather 聊天儿: to chat 大白天儿说梦话:to talk in a delusional fashion; to speak as if one’s head is in the clouds; to sound as if one is daydreaming 影儿 yǐngr: shadow 电影儿: […]

128 Common Erhuayin Words in Mandarin

The following is a list of 128 most common 儿化音 (erhuayin, erhua) words in Mandarin. For the uninitiated, erhuayin is when you add 儿 on the end of a word. Simple examples include 好玩儿 (hǎowánr, “fun”) and 画画儿 (huàhuàr, “to paint; to draw”). Note that I haven’t included incidences where erhuayin is added on the […]

Random Word Trivia #8

Now it’s time for another Random Word Trivia Quiz! Which of these can you guess the Chinese and English for? Answers are at the bottom! (Don’t peek until you can figure them out!) You have a big belly, possibly from too much eating or drinking (noun) You know someone who has a huge vocabulary and […]

135 Personalities in Mandarin and English

100 Personalities in Mandarin with English Translations 乐观 lèguān – optimistic 悲观 bēiguān – pessimistic 内向 nèixiàng – introverted 外向 wàixiàng – extroverted 自信 zìxìn – self-confident 豁达 huòdá – 1. optimistic 2. open-minded 风趣 fēngqù – witty 忠诚 zhōngchéng – loyal 谨慎 jǐnshèn – cautious 耿直 gěngzhí – honest and just

Random Word Trivia #7

And now, another round of the Random Word Trivia Quiz… Which of these can you guess the Chinese and English for? Answers are at the bottom!   1. You’re in class when all the sudden you lose your concentration. (verb) 2. Your hungry stomach is making some noises. (verb) 3. After you brush your teeth […]

Random Word Trivia #6 – Education

See how many of these random words you can guess the English and Chinese for! 1. You choose not to attend class. (verb) 2. You are a student who is always sucking up to the teacher. (noun) 3. You did something wrong. The teacher puts you in… (noun) 4. Your parents found out. They punish […]

Random Word Trivia Quiz #5

See how many of these random words you can guess the English and Chinese for!   1. A girl who acts or dresses like a boy. (noun) 2. The person you blame when something goes wrong, even if it’s not their fault. (noun) 3. A word used to describe food which makes you feel full […]