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Chinese Idioms & Slangs Derived from Animals (Part 1)

Animals have always been an indispensable part of the Chinese people’s daily lives. Naturally, many Chinese words reflect the close relationship between animals and the Chinese people. For example, in the Year of the Dragon, people will say “生龙活虎”(shēng lóng…

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The Commonly Used Chinese Words Derived from Plants

Flowers and trees are closely related to people’s lives. Because of this, for thousands of years, the Chinese people have coined many plant-related words and expressions. For example, Chinese people often associate “美女”(méi nǚ, a pretty girl) with a “flower”,…

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20 Common Chinese Slang Words

As with all languages, Chinese has an informal set of slang words which can be quite useful to know and can help one communicate better. Chinese slang usually can’t be learned from formal courses, but you’ll hear it all around…

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Cracking the Wisdom of Chinese Idioms

Here are two facts about Chinese idioms:  there are lots and lots of them, and for the most part they are not particularly useful. I’ve been a student of Mandarin Chinese for 20 years. It’s one of the languages my…

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