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How to Use Question Words in Chinese

Here are the basic question words you’ll need to know in Chinese:   什么 shénme what 哪里 哪儿 nǎlǐ/nǎr where 哪(个) nǎ (ge) which 谁 shéi or shuí who 什么时候 shénme shíhou when 为什么 wèishénme why 怎么 zěnme how 多少 duōshao how many/much Unlike in English, ‘what, who, where, which, how much’ don’t go at […]

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How to Form Questions in Chinese

There are a few different ways to ask questions in Chinese. One of the simplest is to take a statement and make it into a question by adding the character 吗 ma to the end of the sentence. Some examples: 你是中国人 Nǐ shì zhōngguó rén You are Chinese 你是中国人吗? Nǐ shì zhōngguó rén ma? Are […]

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Chinese Conversation Clips – WeChat, the Most Popular App in China

WeChat and apps in China

English translation of video content: Chris: And there is one app that we can call a super app. It’s called WeChat. Can you tell us what kind of app WeChat is? Becca: I first came into contact with WeChat in around 2011 or 2012. At that time, WhatsApp was already really popular outside China. But […]

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Chinese Conversation Clips – Chinese Foods You Have to Try

Chinese foods 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, […]

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Chinese Conversation Clips – The Best Universities in China

Top 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 […]

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Chinese Conversation Clips – Primary School in China

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, […]

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Chinese Conversation Clips – Chinese Liquor (Baijiu)

Conversations in Chinese Baijiu Liquor

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 […]

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Chinese Conversation Clips – Tea Drinking in China

Conversation Clips Tea

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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