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The Many Ways to Say “I Think” in Chinese

Once Chinese learners reach the intermediate or advanced stage, they will encounter, “synonyms”, or words with similar meanings.  Telling the difference between words with similar meanings is a key part of improving one’s mastery of the language. It is probably…

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Comparing 4 Chinese Words that Mean “the Future”

A real question many Chinese learners will encounter early is how to express future events. In Chinese, we have a series of time words to address that: “将来”(jiānglái), “未来”(wèilái), “以后”(yǐhòu) and “后来”(hòulái). These words are used frequently both in elementary,…

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6 Common Chinese Chengyu For Life and Success

Chinese Chengyu (成语, Chéngyǔ) plays an important role in Chinese culture. They are the collected wisdom from ancient Chinese people; and they contain deep insights into human life. Behind the four-character Chengyu, there are always definitions, stories, and also rich…

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Chinese Idioms or Chéngyǔ About Animals

What is a Chinese idiom/Chéngyǔ? Briefly speaking, Chengyu (成语, Chéngyǔ) are Chinese idioms that are normally made up of four Chinese characters. Chengyu are usually handed down from way back in Chinese history, and thus, over this long periodof time,…

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总是 VS 一直: “Always” is not always the same in Chinese

There are two ways to say “always” in Chinese, and these are the words “总是(zǒngshì)” and “一直(yīzhí)”.  Both  “总是(zǒngshì)” and “一直(yīzhí)” share the meaning of “always”, but people sometimes mistakenly use both interchangeably. One should be aware that there also…

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