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How to Learn Chinese 3: Why Learn Chinese? (by Steve Bennett)

Loads of People Speak It! Chinese is the most used language on the internet and has the most native speakers in the world China is the fastest growing world economy destined to outgrow the USA by 2027 Extraordinary Culture An extraordinarily rich and deep and long-lived culture A culture with …

中国的十二生肖 Chinese Zodiac

        十二生肖,是由十一种源于自然界的动物即鼠、牛、虎、兔、龙、蛇、马、羊、猴、鸡、狗、猪以及传说中的龙所组成,用于纪年,顺序排列为子鼠、丑牛、寅虎、卯兔、辰龙、巳蛇、午马、未羊、申猴、酉鸡、戌狗、亥猪。在多个国家和民族被广泛使用。 In Chinese astrology each individual personality is associated with an animal sign that represents it. They are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig and the Dragon in the Chinese legend. To be used as a method for counting years, the twelve Chinese zodiac …

会话 Coversation practice: Asking about someone’s age and birthplace & Celebrating someone’s birthday

问年龄和出生地 Asking about someone’s age and birthplace A: 你今年多大?    nǐ jīnnián duō dà? B: 我今年二十八(岁)。  wǒ jīnnián èrshíbā suì. A: 你的生日是哪天?(你什么时候生日?)nǐ de shēngrì shì nǎtiān?  (nǐ shénme shíhou shēngrì?) B: 我的生日是八月二十五号。  wǒ de shēngrì shì bā yuè èrshíwǔ hào. A: How old are you? B: I am 28. A: When …

语法Grammar:Expressing the date and days of the week

In Chinese, the four figures making up the name of a year are read out as four separate numbers and “年 nian2” is put at the end. For example: 一九九八年 yī jiǔ jiǔ bā nián 二000年 èr líng líng líng nián 二00二年 èr líng líng èr nián 二0一0年 èr líng …

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