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中(Zhōng)国(guó )城(chéng)市(shì)——苏(Sū)州(zhōu)、杭(Háng)州(zhōu)、桂(Guì)林(lín) In China, there is an old saying, 上(shàng)有(yǒu )天(tiān)堂(táng),下(xià)有(yǒu )苏(Sū)杭(Háng), meaning up above there is Paradise, down here there are Suzhou and Hangzhou. 苏(Sū)州(zhōu) is famous for its …

How to ask someone’s plans

This video focuses on how to ask about your friend’s plans and different means of transportation. The following expressions are what you can use to talk about the topic of …

Chinese characters

往(wǎng, towards):The left part is the radical related to roads or walking. The right part is 主(zhǔ, host), but the pronounciation of 往(wǎng, towards)comes from 王(wánɡ). 远(yuǎn, far):The outside radical …

Culture-Difference between north and south indicating direction

In northern cities of China, knowing 东(dōng)(east)、南(nán)(south)、 西(xī)(west)、 北(běi)(north) is very important. audio For example, in Beijing, the architectural layout is well organized and neat. People like to use 东(dōng)、南(nán)、西(xī)、北(běi) …

How to express directions

Direction is an important communicative topic. The context of this video is at school.One of the instructors didn’t know where the restroom is, so she asked the following question. audio …

Chinese characters

雨(yǔ, rain):The horizontal line of this character indicates the sky. The dots represent the rain drops. 气(qì, air):It refers to the air, so 天气(tiānqì) means “weather”. 冷(lěnɡ, cold):The left two …

Culture-姜(jiāng)汤(tāng)

We will tell you a secret about how Chinese cure their cold. audio That is “to drink more water or 姜(jiāng)汤(tāng), then go to bed, get your cover and have …

How to express health problems

At the beginning of this video, the instructor Lydia doesn’t look very well and then, her partner, Amy, asks her a question. audio 你怎么了? (nǐ zěnmele?) What’s the matter with …

How to express the season and what you like about it

China has four seasons in a year. These four seasons are audio 春天(chūntiān) spring 夏天(xiàtiān) summer 秋天(qiūtiān) fall, autumn 冬天(dōngtiān) winter If you would like to know which season your …

How to express the weather and temperature

This video concentrates on the weather and temperature. audio The most common way to inquire about today’s weather is by using “怎么样(zěnmeyàng)” as below. 今天天气怎么样? (Jīntiān tiānqì zěnmeyàng?) How is …

Chinese characters

天(tiān, sky;day):This character originally means the top of one’s head. It is used to refer to the sky or heaven that is above one’s head. Now, it also means “day”. …

Words about the time

The expression of the time audio 1小时(yìxiǎoshí)(1 hour)=60分钟(liùshí fēnzhōng)(60 min) 7:55 we can say 七点(qīdiǎn)五十五分(wǔshíwǔfēn) or 差(chà)五分(wǔfēn)八点(bādiǎn)(5 minutes to eight o’clock) 7:45 we can say 七点(qīdiǎn)四十五分(sìshíwǔfēn) or 差(chà)一刻(yíkè)八点(bādiǎn)(a quarter to …

How to express the time

The most common way for asking the time “现在几点?(Xiànzài jǐdiǎn?)” is introduced at the beginning of the video and then, simple daily time expressions and the rule of expressing the …
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