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The usage of “了”

In this video we discuss the usage of the particle “了” after verbs to indicate completion of an action. It’s similar to the past tense in English. For example: “我喝了一杯牛奶。Wǒ …

Culture Notes:Weather in Shanghai

The four seasons are distinct in Shanghai. Spring comes in March, April and May. It is warm. The average temperature of Spring in Shanghai is 14℃. People often wear windbreakers, …

Introducing expressions of comparison

In this video we will learn how to compare the qualities and characteristics of two things by using the preposition“比”. It’s similar to “…Adjective comparative + than…” in English. For …

Culture Notes: The Bund and the metro

The Bund is one of the most noted landmarks in Shanghai. The bund is about 1.5km long, starting from the Yan’an east road in the south and going to the …

Introducing Emphasis

In this video we learn to use the structure “是……的shì ……de” to emphasize something such as time, location or manner. The structure is similar to “It’s …that…” in English. Emphasize …

Culture Notes:Student Dormitories in China

One of the special features of Chinese universities is that student dormitories are usually integrated into the university campus. Unlike most Western universities where dormitories usually do not provide housing …

Introducing Forms of Existential with“有”

In this video we learn to use sentences with “有yǒu” to show existence. Put simply, it expresses “something is present in a specific location”。 This kind of sentence is similar …

Culture Notes: The Panda

As we all know, the panda is a Chinese national treasure. It is one of the rarest animals in the world. A lot of people like them because they look …

Introducing Adjectival Predicate Sentences

In this video we learn a basic sentence structure“sentences with an adjectival predicate”. In Chinese it is called “形容词谓语句xíngróngcí wèiyǔ jù”. This kind of sentence does not need a verb, …

Culture Notes: Where to Exercise: Square Dancing

In recent years, a collective activity named Square Dancing has been gaining popularity. In Chinese, it is called Guangchang Wu(广场舞). It is really popular among middle-aged and senior people. In …