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Teacher And New Student

Nǐ Guòjiǎng Le

As your Mandarin skills increase, you will inevitably receive compliments from Chinese friends. Chinese people appreciate modesty, so learning how to respond is a good idea. The phrase nlǐ nlǐ? literally means "Where? where?". It implies that you feel that…

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Chinese Children Washing Hands

Wash Your Hands Often

When will the pandemic end? Maybe when we have a plentiful supply of a reliable vaccine. In the mean time, washing hands, wearing a face mask, and maintaining 6 feet of social distancing, are the most effective strategies at this…

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We All Need To Wear Our Face Masks


By now everyone is aware of the Coronavirus spreading rapidly across China and several other countries. In the last few days it seems to have reached the west coast of the US. It is still too early to know the…

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Chinese Guys With Hard Hats.

January First?

Chinese people have a name for the first of January, but they don't actually celebrate it. Their historic lunar calendar starts on a different day. The first of January is called Yuán dàn (元旦), but it has no real significance.…

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