Chinese Conversation Clips – Chinese Foods You Have to Try

English translation of video content: Chris: OK. So if you come to China and want to eat out, is there any dishes that you must order, or dishes that you recommend, apart from hot pot, which we’ve talked about already? Becca: I think if you come to Beijing you should definitely try Beijing Roast Duck, and there are also many dishes are adapted to foreigners' tastes, because I have many foreign friends and I often recommend these dishes to them. I know that if many foreign friends order Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – The Best Universities in China

English translation of video content: Chris: So, can you tell us what famous universities there are or what good universities there are in China? Which universities do you think are the good ones? Becca: In the comprehensive university ranking of Chinese universities, Peking University and Tsinghua University rank first and second, they are still in the main positions. And besides these universities there are Fudan University and Tongji University in Shanghai, these two universities are Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – Primary School in China

English translation of video content: Chris: This time we will discuss what kind of experience it is going to school in China. Let’s start from primary (elementary) school. First let me ask a relatively simple question, that is, in China, at what age do children usually start school? Becca: Usually around the age of seven, and now some children go to school earlier and earlier, but even the earliest would be at least six years old. Chris: This formal education, does it start from Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – Chinese Liquor (Baijiu)

English translation of video content: Chris: First question, what kind of alcohol do Chinese people generally drink? Becca: In fact, the most famous type of Chinese liquor is“Baijiu” It is a kind of thick and transparent liquid distilled from grain. Chris: Is it because of its transparency that it is called “Baijiu”? Becca: Yes, it has no colour, so it is called “white liquor” (Baijiu). A lot of Chinese people drink red wine and beer too, so baijiu, red wine, and beer are top three Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – Tea Drinking in China

English translation of video content: Chris: What rituals are there for tea drinking? Does everybody make their own cups of tea and drink by themselves, or drink with a group of people? What are the rituals? Becca: Speaking of which, tea culture originated in China a long time ago and has a history of maybe thousands of years. There may be thousands of years of history. Tea ceremony in many countries, including Japanese and British tea cultures nowadays, may originate from Chinese tea Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – Mid-Autumn Festival

English translation of video content: Chris: What kind of holiday is the Mid-autumn Festival? Becca: Mid-autumn Festival is also one of the Chinese traditional festivals. It’s on August 15th in Chinese lunar calendar each year, when the moon is considered to be the most round. Chris: It’s the most round that day. Becca: Yes, because it is in the middle of the month. The moon is the most round on the 15th of the eighth lunar month, and the eighth month is in the middle of autumn, so Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – Chinese New Year Traditions

English translation of video content: Chris: So what do the Chinese do to celebrate the new year, what kind of activities are there? Becca: There are a lot of activities. Firstly, the whole country will have a seven day holiday, starting from the first day of the new year. No matter what job you do or which city you work in, everyone enjoys this holiday. People go back home early to prepare to celebrate the festival. Food is closely related to the Spring Festival, so we prepare a lot of Continue Reading

Learn Chinese Through Famous Classical Poems

If you are interested in Chinese culture and literature, then you can’t afford to ignore exploring Chinese poetry. Chinese poems often get skipped over when learning Chinese as a second language because there are so many other more imminent, practical things you have to learn! But don’t get me wrong, there is rich wisdom and beauty in Chinese poetry. Poetry is held in high regard in Chinese literature and can be dated back to as early as the 1st millennium BC. The height of Chinese poetry is Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – What’s it like for Chinese children learning characters?

English translation of video content: Chris: While at school, is it the case that sometimes you know the word but you are not sure how to write it? Like when you are writing an article, you know the word you want to use, but just not how to write it. What would you do then? Becca: Actually it is true even today. We call it “picking up the pen and forgetting the character”, which means you suddenly forget how to write a character, even the most common and simple ones, when you pick up your Continue Reading

Chinese Conversation Clips – High Speed Trains in China

English translation of video content: Chris: For example, if we are in Beijing, where can we go by high-speed train? Becca: Actually many places. Chris: Like Shanghai. We can arrive in Shanghai in five hours. Becca: Yes, It takes only five hours to get to Shanghai on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway. If you take the Beijing-Guangzhou railway, you will be in Guangzhou in seven or eight hours. Chris: So from Beijing, you can go to Xi’an, northeastern China, and southern Continue Reading