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    Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
    2:55 pm
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    To learn Chinese well, it is important to know Chinese idioms, which are part of Chinese for teens. Plus, in HSK or other Chinese tests, Chinese idioms may also apply, so if you are learning mandarin Chinese, don’t miss this part. Each Chinese idiom has a story and let’s read this one.



    In the Warring States Period of China, a king named Qixuan liked listening to the "合奏 (hézòu) instrumental ensemble" of Yu (an instrument in ancient China). The more bandsmen played it, the happier he would be. Mr. Nanguo was a man who didn't like to work hard but liked to brag. When he heard the king Qixuan wanted to organize a bigger band, he told the king Qixuan that he was an expert in playing the Yu. So the king Qixuan happily invited him to join the band. When playing Yu, he just sat together with other bandsmen and acted as he spared no effort. But in fact, he couldn't play it at all. He made his living by acting like this for many years until the king Qixuan died.



    After the king Qixuan died, his son Qimin took over. He didn't like listening to the instrumental ensemble of Yu at all. He liked listening to the "独奏 (dúzòu) solo" of Yu. So he only asked one bandsman to play the Yu for him each time. In this case, Mr. Nanguo had no way but to run away.



    This Chinese idiom is very suitable for Chinese for teens. It tells us that we should tell things as they are and be honest. In modern Chinese, this Chinese idiom is used to describe people who fill in a post without real qualifications.


    For more Chinese for teens materials, please refer to www.echinese.com

    2:50 pm
    What is your style?

    Do you still remember the gangnam style, a song popular across the world? Besides gangnam style, there are many other styles as well. Learning these styles can help us learn Chinese for free. The internet has produced many popular and fun words, therefore learning Chinese online can not only give us a lot of fun, but give us a chance to have free Chinese lessons.



    For teenagers in China, there are many interesting, funny and popular Chinese words used to describe their styles and tastes. In this article, we give you examples of some most widely-used teenager expressions.



    People in China usually use the Chinese words (shuig) to describe handsome boys or men, while they use the Chinese phrase (min) to describe beautiful girls. In addition to using the phrase (min) beautiful girl to describe an attractive girl, one can also use (shn) good mannered lady to describe a girl who is gentle and has good manners. For girls who behave just like boys, people often call them (jixiozi) tomboy. In schools, (shchng) book worm are used to describe students who are interested and spend a lot of time in reading books. Finally, we describe a young but mature person (shoninlochng).



    Having read this article, do you know what style you are? Maybe you can create your own style. Do you want to learn more popular words with us in the free Chinese lessons? If so, dont hesitate to move.

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
    3:38 pm
    To Blow Or To Boast?

    John is very interested in taking Chinese language classes, because he can often learn a lot of fun things at class and the Chinese teacher can give very professional Chinese language lessons. Recently, John has picked up the hobby of playing musical instruments. It's a very new sort of hobby for him and he hasn't been at it for all that long. At the moment, he’s talking to his brother Edward, who knows him very well.

    Wǒ huì chuī dízi hé kǒuqín le.

    John:  我   会    吹 笛子 和  口琴  了。

    I can play the flute and the harmonica now.

    Hǎo lìhai a!

    Edward:   好   厉害 啊!

    That’s awesome!

    Wǒ hái huì chuī xiǎohào hé sàkesi.

    John:  我   还   会   吹    小号    和 萨克斯。

    I can also play the trumpet and the saxophone.

    Nǐ zhēn huì chuīniú!

    Edward:  你   真   会    吹牛!

    Doing conversations is one of the best ways to learn mandarin online, which are often practiced in Chinese language classes. So, what does the phrase吹牛 (chuīniú) in this conversation mean? As you may know, 牛 (niú) means “ox,” which means the literal translation of 吹牛 (chuīniú) is “to blow up the ox.” That sounds impossible…or at least a bit uncomfortable for the animal. Actually, there is an implied meaning and an interesting story to go along with it.

    It’s said that in ancient China those who lived along the banks of the Yellow River had to use rafts to cross river. At that time, people made their rafts by blowing air into animal skin bags with their mouths. Rafts made of a sheep’s skin were fairly easy for one person to blow up alone, but a big ox-skin raft was a different story. If someone said she or he could blow up an ox-skin raft alone, not many would believe the boast. To this individual, the locals would say, “Why don’t you blow up all the ox skins if you’re so good at it?” Of course the man wouldn't be able to. And since that time, 吹牛皮 (chuī niúpí, blowing up the ox skin) means "to boast."

    What do you think are the best ways to learn Mandarin online? Let us know.

    3:34 pm
    Feel Just Like a Fish in Water

    These days, people from all over the world are learning mandarin, despite their ages. From kids to teens, to adults, mandarin has been a part of their lives. Chinese for teens is a very interesting course, because they can learn mandarin through a lot of interesting Chinese idioms which are fun to read. For those who are planning to take the HSK test, it is also a good way to learn through Chinese idioms. Today, let’s lean a very interesting idiom called “Fee Like a Fish in Water”, or 如鱼得水 (rúyúdéshuǐ) in Chinese.


    This idiom comes from a very famous story. In the late Eastern Han Dynasty, the country was in confusion. In order to reunite the country, Liu Bei paid a visit to Zhu Geliang who had hidden himself in the countryside. He went there twice but didn't see Zhu Geliang. Then the third time he finally met him. Liu Bei explained why he came and explained his noble ambition to Zhu Geliang. Zhu Geliang also proposed some very good strategies. After listening, Liu Bei was so happy, he appointed Zhu Geliang as his military advisor. He said: "Zhu Geliang to me is as water is to fish." With the assistance of Zhu Geliang, Liu Bei's power expanded rapidly, and finally he realized his goal.


    Does the idiom from the Chinese for teens make sense to you? Nowadays, this phrase is often used to describe the person who stays in the environment which suits him/her perfectly, or someone who is very adept at using the suitable or right methods. For more Chinese idioms, please go to www.echinese.com. Echineselearning provides you with various types of Chinese courses, such as HSK, Chinese for teens, Chinese for kids, ect. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.
    Thursday, July 25th, 2013
    4:24 pm
    Asking about plans in Chinese

    Do you want to study mandarin? Do you know how to ask about plans in Chinese? Actually it is very easy. Today we will take a look at a very simple dialogue from the Chinese for teens section. It is about asking friends about their plans in Chinese.


    A: 暑假有什么安排吗?

    Shǔjià yǒu shěnme ānpái ma?

    Do you have any plans for your summer holiday?

    B: 暑假我参加中文暑期班学中文。

    Shǔjià wǒ cānjiā zhōngwén shǔqībān xué zhōngwén.

    I am going to take a summer Chinese program to learn Chinese.


    Vocabulary:  

    1. 暑假 (shǔjià): n summer holiday 


    2. 安排 (ānpái): n/v arrange  


    3. 参加 (cānjiā): v to participate 


    Usage:

    n. 有什么安排 (yǒu shénme ānpái)? Do you have any plans?

    没有安排 (méiyǒu ānpái). I have no plans.

    有安排了 (yǒu ānpái lē). I have plans.  

    v. 安排一下 (ānpái yī xià). Have an arrangement.


    Now do you know how to ask about plans in Chinese? See, it is very easy to study mandarin. After several months’ of learning, you can actually not only speak some sentences, but make self introduction in Chinese. Cool, right? Then give it a try on Chinese for teens at www.echinese.com.

    4:20 pm
    Are you ready for this summer?

    Teens, it’s the summer time now! What’s your plan for this summer? Going to Bars? Travelling? Hanging out with friends? Or maybe study mandarin! Learning Mandarin doesn’t have to be boring and frustrating. It can be fun and enjoyable. Isn’t it cool to be able to make self introduction in Chinese? So let’s move and get ready for Chinese for teens. Do you know how to ask about plans in Chinese? Let’s take a look!

    A: 暑假有什么安排吗?

    Shǔjià yǒu shěnme ānpái ma?

    Do you have any plans for your summer holiday?

    B: 暑假我参加中文暑期班学中文。

    Shǔjià wǒ cānjiā zhōngwén shǔqībān xué zhōngwén.

    I am going to take a summer Chinese program to learn Chinese.


    Vocabulary:  

    1. 暑假 (shǔjià): n summer holiday 


    2. 安排 (ānpái): n/v arrange  


    3. 参加 (cānjiā): v to participate 


    Usage:

    n. 有什么安排 (yǒu shénme ānpái)? Do you have any plans?

    没有安排 (méiyǒu ānpái). I have no plans.

    有安排了 (yǒu ānpái lē). I have plans.  

    v. 安排一下 (ānpái yī xià). Have an arrangement.


    Now do you know how to ask about plans in Chinese? Reading dialogues can be a very good way to help you study mandarin. We have more dialogues on the Chinese for teens part, don’t hesitate to take a look.

    Friday, July 19th, 2013
    10:55 am
    You Must Know This Game in China – Pass the Flower by Hitting the Drum
    Games are a part of learning. Without games in the process of study, your learning efficiency will be greatly influenced, no matter you are a Chinese kid or a foreign one. For a better study, you need to play some beneficial games. Here I want to recommend a Chinese game to you - Pass the Flower by Hitting the Drum. It is a very important part in e learning Chinese.

    Actually, more people join this game, more fun they will get. In general, the game needs more than ten persons to sit in a circle. Then one person is elected as the drummer and his or her eyes must be covered by a cloth, and one of the rest will hold the flower first. When the drummer begins to hit the drum, the person holding the flower will pass it to next person. And when the drummer stops hitting the drum, the flower must be stopped passing. At this moment, the person who still holds the flower will be punished in some way, singing a song, telling a joke, or dancing. After his or her performance, the game will go on.

    This game is very popular, especially among kids. For it is easy to create a lively atmosphere, it often takes place in some party, children’s festival, or kids’ spare-time activities. You can also learn how to play Pass the Flower by Hitting the Drum on Chinese online learning. If you have an opportunity to participate in summer programs for children in China, more games are waiting for you to play in China.

    Online Chinese courses will introduce various exciting games to you. If you want to learn how to play them, please join us! If you want to know more details about this game, you can find them on the Internet. Its name is “击鼓传花” in Chinese. Hope you enjoy it!
    Monday, July 8th, 2013
    3:48 pm
    Tips for learning Chinese free
    Every new customer gets a free trial lesson before signing up. It is completely free and there is no obligation. The sole purpose of the free Chinese lessons is to show Chinese learners how our system works and how easy it is to learn Chinese online with one of our professional Chinese teachers. Then where shall we start with when we learn Chinese for free. Let’s look at some free Chinese learning tips.


    1.   Free Tips on Mastering Chinese Tones:

    Chinese tones are crucial for speaking Mandarin Chinese, however they are usually quite challenging for the beginning Mandarin learner. Here are some suggestions to help you master Chinese tones:

    First, practise, practise, and practise. Try to practice the Chinese tones as much as possible. The tone chart (see below) and hand signals will help you remember how the four tones are pronounced.

    Find some simple Chinese audio recordings and listen to them. This will expose you to listening to native Chinese and help you to distinguish between the four tones.

    Take every opportunity to speak with Chinese people. You will know you're doing well when you can make yourself understood by a native speaker.

    Read Chinese words or short stories aloud to reinforce your memory. Record yourself and play it back later, and ask yourself, "How does it sound?"

    Finally, you might try finding a tutor directly from China. She/he can help familiarize you with the tones. Many tutors offer lessons online, making it more convenient for you to arrange a good time for your lesson.


    2. Learning the correct strokes is quite important when learning Chinese characters. Knowing the strokes used in writing Chinese will provide you with a good solid foundation on how Chinese characters are formed.

    2. The only way to learn Chinese characters is to memorize them, practice writing a character until you remember it. Start with the easy ones using all the strokes, for example "一 (yī) one," "十 (shí) ten" and so on.

    3. Learn Chinese characters using phrases rather than memorizing vocabulary lists. Reading sentences or articles while circling the new words is a great way to learn new Chinese characters. Watching movies or TV programs with Chinese subtitles is also a good way to learn how to form sentences using Chinese characters.

    4. Use your imagination by linking the shape of the new word to a familiar object.

    Learning Chinese online with us is your ideal choice! We provide free Chinese lessons for those of you who want to learn Chinese for free and want to get free learning materials.

    3:43 pm
    Tips for learning Chinese free
    Every new customer gets a free trial lesson before signing up. It is completely free and there is no obligation. The sole purpose of the free Chinese lessons is to show Chinese learners how our system works and how easy it is to learn Chinese online with one of our professional Chinese teachers. Then where shall we start with when we learn Chinese for free. Let’s look at some free Chinese learning tips.

    1. Free Tips on Mastering Chinese Tones:
    Chinese tones are crucial for speaking Mandarin Chinese, however they are usually quite challenging for the beginning Mandarin learner. Here are some suggestions to help you master Chinese tones:
    First, practise, practise, and practise. Try to practice the Chinese tones as much as possible. The tone chart (see below) and hand signals will help you remember how the four tones are pronounced.
    Find some simple Chinese audio recordings and listen to them. This will expose you to listening to native Chinese and help you to distinguish between the four tones.
    Take every opportunity to speak with Chinese people. You will know you're doing well when you can make yourself understood by a native speaker.
    Read Chinese words or short stories aloud to reinforce your memory. Record yourself and play it back later, and ask yourself, "How does it sound?"
    Finally, you might try finding a tutor directly from China. She/he can help familiarize you with the tones. Many tutors offer lessons online, making it more convenient for you to arrange a good time for your lesson.

    2. Learning the correct strokes is quite important when learning Chinese characters. Knowing the strokes used in writing Chinese will provide you with a good solid foundation on how Chinese characters are formed.
    2. The only way to learn Chinese characters is to memorize them, practice writing a character until you remember it. Start with the easy ones using all the strokes, for example "一 (yī) one," "十 (shí) ten" and so on.
    3. Learn Chinese characters using phrases rather than memorizing vocabulary lists. Reading sentences or articles while circling the new words is a great way to learn new Chinese characters. Watching movies or TV programs with Chinese subtitles is also a good way to learn how to form sentences using Chinese characters.
    4. Use your imagination by linking the shape of the new word to a familiar object.
    Learning Chinese online with us is your ideal choice! We provide free Chinese lessons for those of you who want to learn Chinese for free and want to get free learning materials.
    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
    3:56 pm
    Stop the World's Fastest Trains

    Stop the World's Fastest Trains



    To stop a train is the technology that most countries in the world that have mastered. But, what about stopping the World’s Fastest Train? Yes, that’ what I will mention in this learn mandarin online blog.



    Recently, a railway scientist said that China has mastered braking technology to stop the world's fastest trains that travel a maximum speed( learn Chinese: sùdù速度) of 500 kilometers per hour (km.p.h.). Can you imagine that? 500 kilometers per hour?



    The eddy-current braking testing system has been completed and put into use, Li Heping, a senior researcher(learn mandarin online : yánjiūyuán研究员) of China Academy of Railway Sciences said to the public.



    Eddy-current braking, a high-end technology for rail transportation, is used in high-speed trains traveling at 200 km.p.h. or above. The technology is under development in countries that have high-speed railways.



    Chinese researchers can make dynamic simulation to brake high-speed trains at a maximum speed of 500 km.p.h., and launch testing research of eddy-current braking in all speeds and situations, he said.



    Li noted that China is internationally advanced in overall technologies of high-speed trains.



    China plans to have 18,000 km of high-speed lines in operation by 2015.



    Tests show China's new-generation high-speed trains can run as fast as 486.1 km.p.h., a record high in the world.



    It is really amazing! But, as an ordinary Chinese, I’m still a little bit doubt about the safety of high-speed trains. You know for the past several years, a serials of fatal accidents of high-speed trains happened in China. Maybe sometimes, being the top means suffer the most.



    Do you want to get touch with the real China and to learn Chinese? I recommend you to have an experience of live mandarin lesson .

    3:53 pm
    The tough living conditions of Chinese ordinary people

    The tough living conditions of Chinese ordinary people



    What do Chinese people think about this lofty goal to build a beautiful China? Do you want to know what’s in mind of the Chinese common people? This mandarin learn online blog is the right place.



    "A good natural environment is essential to a well-off society," a professor from a university in central China said, "That is to say, we, the people, should also have a nice living environment while our country becomes prosperous."



    Wang Wenbiao, President of the Elion Resources Group in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, said, "I hope China in the future(mandarin learn online tips: wèilái 未来) is a country full of blue sky, green lands, clear water and clean air."



    However, the current reality in China is not as satisfying. The seemingly ubiquitous pollution in air, water and soil, the worsening city waste crisis, as well as resource exhaustion, make the public feel anxious.



    “I want my kids have the clean water to drink.” A villager from south China’s Hunan Province where the groundwater is severely polluted, therefore, no local resident(Chinese courses  word tip: jūmín居民) has passed the physical examination for military service in the last 10 years.



    "Many villages are not the 'pure land' as we thought before, but all the food, vegetables and fruits people eat are produced in villages." A local official said.



    Figures provided by Sun Taili, President of the Tianjin Qingda Group, show that of the 131 rivers flowing through cities in China, 36 are severely(Chinese courses  word tip: yánzhòng严重) contaminated, 21 are heavily polluted and 38 are moderately affected. Water of the contaminated rivers permeates underground sources. They are really tough issues. How can we live healthily in this kind of situation?



    What is more, the accumulated quantity of garbage over the years has reached 6 billion tons. More than 200 cities are circled by garbage, with about 50,000 hectares of land covered with refuse. Waste collection, sorting and treatment infrastructure are still developing slowly.



    What astonishing figures! Do you want to learn more about China and its language? Most people recommend effective ways to learn Chinese .

    3:52 pm
    How to make China a “Beautiful Country”?

    How to make China a “Beautiful Country”?



    A Beautiful Country is now one of the major tasks for Chinese officials. In today’s online Chinese language courses, I would like to share you something about the story or the dream of Chinese for a Beautiful China.



    I don’t know whether you have been to Beijing, capital of China. What’s your feeling? I remember one of the interviewees from Africa said that there were a few days when he was in Beijing that he can’t even see the sky because of smog. You know, heavy smog.



    What the Beijingers were most eager for over the last four months might be blue(elementary Chinese tips: blue is lánsè蓝色) skies and clean air. At the beginning of the year, more than 1 million square km in east China were blanketed by heavy smog.



    Beijing enjoyed only five days of respite from hazardous weather in January. The hazardous smog once again reminds Chinese people and officials of the continual worsening of the natural environment following the last several decades of rapid development.(more about it you can see elementary Chinese)



    In his report to the opening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China Nov. 2012, Hu Jintao, former General Secretary of the Party's 17th Central Committee, gave high priority to making ecological progress and incorporating it into the whole process of advancing economic, political, cultural, and social growth. The report also introduced the concept of building a "beautiful country." This almost has become a term in China arouse much attention of enterprises, scholars, and individuals (see more at mandarin learn online) .



    But how far is China from attaining this lofty goal? Follow up my next blog for not only the elementary Chinese learning but also the true situation of Chinese people.

    Sunday, May 19th, 2013
    12:41 pm
    The most troublesome issue in China: Emergency Medical Funds

    The most troublesome issue in China: Emergency Medical Funds



    People are more cared about health care than other things in their daily life. Chinese people do the same. In this elementary Chinese blog, I will introduce you something about that issue now in China. It’s really complicated for Chinese people.



    China will set up funds to subsidize emergency medical fees incurred by the poor and patients whose identities are unclear, the State Council said in a guideline issued Friday.



    The move came amid the government's efforts to help patients whose inability to pay medical bills has resulted in hospitals ignoring them or refusing treatment.



    Words for business mandarin classes in Hongkong:



    基金:Funds



    医疗单:medical bills



    The funds will be used to cover emergency medical treatments for acute illnesses or serious injuries among the poor and patients whose identities have not been confirmed, said Sun Zhigang, director of the health reform office of the State Council.



    mandarin Chinese for children with words:



    严重的:Serious



    穷人:the poor



    However, it is not yet clear who would qualify for such financial assistance. Sun said specific criteria to determine whether a patient qualifies need to be worked out by governments and medical institutions based on local conditions.



    The Ministry of Health will lead efforts to determine which illnesses and injuries can be covered, as well as develop compensation standards, according to the guideline, which did not include a timeline.



    Words for mandarin Chinese for children:



    补偿:Compensation



    包括:include



    Provincial and prefecture-level governments are required to set up such funds, which will be jointly financed by government revenue and public donations, the guideline says.



    The funds, described by the State Council as an important guarantee for establishing an emergency assistance system in China, will be operated by provincial and prefecture-level government health departments.



    business mandarin classes in Hongkong



    资金:fund



    捐助:donation



    I always introduce my students and friends to learn Chinese from news about China’s hot issue. if you are interested in this, you can have a tip of  mandarin Chinese for children  which is more easier for learning but as well as useful.

    12:37 pm
    Enjoy the Attractive Dance (2)

    Enjoy the Attractive Dance (2)



    In the last online Chinese language  courses, we talked something about Dunhuang and the Silk Road. How about this attractive dance? Let’s find the truth



    "After years of research on the magnificent Dunhuang frescoes, we created a new category of dance, which is called 'Dunhuang Dance.' It merges Chinese classic dance and modern foreign dance, and is based on all kinds of different gestures in the frescoes. In a sense, Dunhuang Dance is one of the most important parts of academic research about Dunhuang," said Lu, the President of the Gansu Dance Theater.



    Words for online Chinese language:



    研究:Research          



    不同的:Different



    学术的:academic



    The cast also took an academic approach to their roles and became cultural ambassadors. An Ning, who played painter Zhang, masterfully conveyed the emotion of a father losing his beloved daughter and joyful reunion with gravity-defying leaps and flips. To prepare for his role, An said he spent many hours sitting in the grottos absorbing the stories depicted in the colorful frescos.



    Words for online live mandarin lesson:



    画匠:painter



    团聚:reunion



    "I spent a lot of time doing research on Dunhuang and watching the frescos to understand the spirit of Dunhuang arts," he said.



    The lithe and graceful Chen Chen, who played the maiden Yingniang, said she also hoped to educate as well as entertain American audiences.



    "I'm very excited and hope I can perform perfectly on the stage, in order to help the American audience better understand our Asian art," she said.



    Words for learn Chinese free:



    优雅的:graceful



    表演:to perform



    The troupe's mission to research, create and perform the traditional music and dance of Dunhuang culture was appreciated by audience members like Jo Johnson, an expert on tea and author of two children's books on how tea connects world cultures.



    Words for live mandarin lesson:



    剧团:troupe



    观众:audience



    What about learning Chinese online with  live mandarin lesson?  Enjoy it and at the same time you will learn something.

    12:37 pm
    Enjoy the Attractive Dance (2)

    Enjoy the Attractive Dance (2)



    In the last online Chinese language  courses, we talked something about Dunhuang and the Silk Road. How about this attractive dance? Let’s find the truth



    "After years of research on the magnificent Dunhuang frescoes, we created a new category of dance, which is called 'Dunhuang Dance.' It merges Chinese classic dance and modern foreign dance, and is based on all kinds of different gestures in the frescoes. In a sense, Dunhuang Dance is one of the most important parts of academic research about Dunhuang," said Lu, the President of the Gansu Dance Theater.



    Words for online Chinese language:



    研究:Research          



    不同的:Different



    学术的:academic



    The cast also took an academic approach to their roles and became cultural ambassadors. An Ning, who played painter Zhang, masterfully conveyed the emotion of a father losing his beloved daughter and joyful reunion with gravity-defying leaps and flips. To prepare for his role, An said he spent many hours sitting in the grottos absorbing the stories depicted in the colorful frescos.



    Words for online live mandarin lesson:



    画匠:painter



    团聚:reunion



    "I spent a lot of time doing research on Dunhuang and watching the frescos to understand the spirit of Dunhuang arts," he said.



    The lithe and graceful Chen Chen, who played the maiden Yingniang, said she also hoped to educate as well as entertain American audiences.



    "I'm very excited and hope I can perform perfectly on the stage, in order to help the American audience better understand our Asian art," she said.



    Words for learn Chinese free:



    优雅的:graceful



    表演:to perform



    The troupe's mission to research, create and perform the traditional music and dance of Dunhuang culture was appreciated by audience members like Jo Johnson, an expert on tea and author of two children's books on how tea connects world cultures.



    Words for live mandarin lesson:



    剧团:troupe



    观众:audience



    What about learning Chinese online with  live mandarin lesson?  Enjoy it and at the same time you will learn something.

    12:34 pm
    Enjoy the Attractive Dance (1)

    Enjoy the Attractive Dance (1)



    If you have a good study of World history or just a little knowledge of Chinese history, you must know the Silk Road. In today’s effective ways to learn Chinese  , I would like to introduce you something about Silk Road and its stories related to beautiful dance.



    Silk Road, a classic Chinese dance drama celebrating the desert city of Dunhuang, in Gansu Province, made its New York debut on February 27. Delighting audiences with dazzling, colorful costumes, a large cast of 60 dancers and stunning choreography, Silk Road takes an "academic approach" to spreading the artistic culture and historical traditions of west China, say organizers.



    Words at  effective ways to learn Chinese :



    丝绸之路:Silk Road



    传统:tradition



    Silk Road is more than a story: It's a living history of Dunhuang and the grottos that have since become a UNESCO heritage site. The tale follows the maiden Yingniang, who is captured by bandits and rescued by Yunis. After reuniting with her father Zhang, she inspires his paintings in the grottos of Dunhuang with a dance and by playing a lute (called the pipa) behind her head.



    Chinese courses words:



    石窟:grotto



    遗产:heritage



    Yingniang and Yunis flee to Persia to escape the city's evil mayor, and Zhang is forced to paint the famous frescos of the Dunhuang grottos until his death. In a triumphant conclusion, the governor punishes the corrupt mayor and celebrates international cooperation with guests from the various nations along the Silk Road trading route.



    Words at mandarin skype tutor reviews:



    壁画:fresco



    各种各样:various



    Under the direction of Lu Jinlong, President of the Gansu Dance Theater, Silk Road is a visual feast. The top stage, lighting and costume designers of China have come together to present the classic tale in a new way. The paintings of the Dunhuang caves seem to come to life on stage, transporting the audience into the past to the height of the Silk Road trade.



    Chinese courses words:



    视觉盛宴:visual feast



    戏服:costume



    More stories with effective ways to learn Chinese words will be found at http://www.echineselearning.com/

    Thursday, May 16th, 2013
    4:37 pm
    Say NO to Sushi!

    Say NO to Sushi!



    Did you eat Sushi since we last talked about it? Well, I haven’t eaten it for a month. It’s really hard at first especially when you sense its smell on the street. But, I’m better now. You know in the last blog, we say something about sushi. Do you want it more specific or deeper? Let’s continue our journey to effective ways to learn Chinese.



    ‘A typical sushi roll contains 290 to 350 calories and has the carbohydrate equivalent of two-and-a-half to four slices of bread,’ says Ms Beller.



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    面包:bread



     ‘So a California roll (round rolled sushi, containing a small piece of fish and avocado plus fatty mayonnaise) equals two sandwiches filled with crab sticks (processed fish that is flavoured and coloured to look and taste like crab), a sliver of avocado and a tiny bit of veg.’



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    圆的:round



    蟹:crab



    Bear in mind a sushi lunch contains two or three of these rolls, a total of up to 1,050 calories, and it’s easy to see how we’re conning ourselves that we’re enjoying a low-calorie, healthy lunch.



    Many of us believe eating sushi is a good way to get the Government’s recommended two portions of fish each week, but here’s the problem: most sushi contains very little protein, despite its expense.



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    健康的:healthy



    问题:problem



    Health experts say a portion of fish should weigh 140g, but on average, the fish in a California roll or piece of nigiri (rice with fish balanced on the top) weighs just 5g.



    You’d need to eat 28 pieces of sushi to reach your 140g portion — or more, if you choose a mixed sushi box containing vegetarian varieties.



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    专家:expert



    盒子:box



    If you want to keep a perfect figure, I think you should think before eat sushi. By the way, have you got the message I sent in this article about useful words for effective ways to learn Chinese?

    4:35 pm
    Can you dare to eat Sushi now?

    Can you dare to eat Sushi now?



    Many people in China like Sushi very much, especially those young ladies who want to keep slim and at the same time can eat something delicious to satisfy their appetite. You know, Big Mac and fries have long been warned that they can make people fat. So, ladies in China control themselves to avoid have anything like that. But, it seems that Sushi is not the proper choice too for those ladies who want to keep slim.



    A recent study shows that Sushi can have more calories than a Big Mac and fries. Can you believe that? Now let’s look at what’s happening from the following learn mandarin online research.



    Sushi is no longer the sole preserve of the adventurous diner. These days, grabbing a pack for lunch is almost as common as picking up a cheese and pickle sandwich.



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    午餐:lunch



    奶酪:cheese



    The Japanese dish can be bought from every major supermarket (where sales have risen a staggering 88 percent in the past two years).



    Indeed, the British sushi industry — of which Tesco has a 60 percent market share — is worth more than £56 million annually.



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    超市:Supermarket



    工业:industry



    The main reason for its surge in popularity is its reputation as a healthy meal. Japanese women are among the healthiest in the world, while slender celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and Keira Knightley are all fans of the raw fish dish.



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    名誉:Reputation



    鱼:fish



    But do sushi’s nutrition credentials — especially the Western version — stack up? Not always, according to dietitian Rachel Beller. In her book Eat To Lose, Eat To Win, she says a ‘light lunch’ of sushi may mean you overdose on calories and carbohydrates.



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    营养:nutrition



    依据:according to



    If you want to know more about healthy eating and online elementary Chinese courses, you can keep a close eye on the next article of my blog.

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
    4:29 pm
    Have a taste of the best Chinese food (2)

    Have a taste of the best Chinese food (2)



    Have you remember the story of Hsieh Fu-tang’s Chinese food and his restaurants? Many of my friends asked me more about him, well, let’s continue following this article to learn Chinese free about this man and his story.



    There used to be a few other Chinese families who have since migrated to other countries. The community in Chandigarh is now reduced to less than a dozen. Even Hsieh's son has moved to Hong Kong and is working for a financial firm.



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    移民:To migrate



    社区:community



    The Chinese may have left but the Chinese food business has flourished in the city. Each part of it boasts of restaurants, stalls and hotels serving Chinese dishes.



    There are posh restaurants like The Tao, Chopsticks and Shangri-La, while the streets have plenty of stalls selling chow mein, spring rolls and dumplings, known locally as momos.



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    生意:Business



    筷子:Chopsticks



    Hsieh's wife, Chang Li-chang, 62, who assists him in running the restaurant, says their food is special. "I don't want to name him, but the owner of a chain of Chinese restaurants, who is Indian, orders his food from us whenever he wants to taste real Chinese food."



    Hsieh can often be seen with the chef's apron. "I like cooking my own food and also cook for the customers."



    Hong Kong Restaurant was so named because it was easier for locals to pronounce. And they could immediately connect the food to the well-known Chinese city.



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    顾客:Customer



    The restaurant, located in a posh market, stands as a symbol of old, solid things, amid the pervading materialism in urban Indian society.



    The Chinese couple leads a contented life, enjoying their time amid the changing lifestyles.



    "Many people come( learn Chinese: 来 )to us with the proposal of renovating the restaurant to make it look modern, and more profitable. But we are happy and believe in keeping it simple," says Hsieh. "After all, I am an old man, and don't need much."



    This is the way of Chinese living and philosophy of Chinese food. Not that complicated but keep it simple. And I always find such kind of learning Chinese material at  Mandarin skype tutor reviews  and I’m very pleased to share with you.

    4:27 pm
    Have a taste of the best Chinese food (1)

    Have a taste of the best Chinese food (1)



    What do you think of Chinese food?  Have you ever eaten it in an authentic Chinese restaurant? These Chinese courses online will introduce some about it. We begin with the story of Hsieh Fu-tang.



    Hsieh Fu-tang, 64, the proud owner of the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant in independent India's first planned modern city Chandigarh, about five hours by bus from the capital New Delhi.



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    饭店:Restaurant



    现代的:modern



    "My customers often ask me why they can't get the taste of my food at other Chinese restaurants in India. I tell them I bet they won't get it anywhere else in the city, I can give it in writing," boasts Hsieh Fu-tang.



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    味道:taste



    Hsieh often feels annoyed by the ignorance of his customers who loosely term his preparations as Chinese food.



    "People here don't know about the real Chinese food. It is too varied. I have to inform them that my style of food is just one kind of Chinese food, it is the Hakka style. And there are plenty more styles in Chinese food. And they are surprised to hear this."



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    准备:Preparation



    风格:style



    The Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant started business in 1973, when Hsieh was a young man. "My father(learn Chinese: 父亲) came to Chandigarh from Calcutta (now Kolkata) as a tourist and liked the place. He bought this shop and my fate was sealed. I have stayed here since, running this restaurant."



    Chandigarh, with a population of nearly 1 million, has two restaurants run by ethnic Chinese that serve authentic Chinese food. The other one is the Dragon Chinese Restaurant.



    More about his story and Chinese food will be found at my next blog.

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