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Chinese-English idioms dictionary

A bilingual Chinese-English idioms dictionary is important for those who want to converse like a native-speaker. Some online idiom dictionaries – such as the one provided for free by Purple Panda

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Mandarin flashcards online

Historically, flash cards have been used in every-day situations to memorize certain things of importance. The Purple Panda applications take this idea much further.

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No Three Hundred Taels of Silver Buried Here

The Chinese idiom 此地无银三百两(cǐ dì wú yín sān bǎi liǎng,ci3 di4 wu2 yin2 san1 bai3 liang3)literally means there is nothing of value buried here. The idiom comes from an old and funny Chinese folk tale. Continue reading


The Chinese idiom 洛阳纸贵(luò yáng zhǐ guì,luo4 yang2 zhi3 gui4)literally means one’s works, especially literary works are so widespread that even the paper used to record the works is in short supply. This idiom is related to a famous Chinese writer,左思(zuo3 si1) and his masterpiece, “Ode to the Three Capitals” Continue reading

Benefits and Uses of Using Mandarin English Dictionary for Learning Chinese

The modern method of language learning is not restricted to classroom learning or language learning courses.  These days, people have started trying much more advanced and technologically driven learning methods which prove superior to traditional methods and have proven more useful and less time consuming as well.  One of these methods is learning through Smartphone applications or tablet apps. The best iPhone apps for learning Chinese can help one in many ways and same can be said about Mandarin English Dictionary as well. Continue reading

How to Make Most of Chinese Flashcards to Learn Mandarin Chinese Language

There is no doubt about the fact that Chinese is the most difficult language to learn in the world and beats even German, French and Japanese in its difficulty language. Thus nonnatives often find it difficult to get a hang of the language without facing several troubles or spending years. This is the reason why the medium of learning is so important. The platform through which you choose to learn Chinese must be effective enough to help you get the basics in weeks and the advance framework in not more than a few months.  Continue reading

Some Tips and Suggestions to Learn Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is considered to be one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn – it is especially difficult to learn for English language speakers.  However, following some simple tips and guidelines, one can learn this language and even gain mastery over it.  The following are some basic tips, rules and suggestions that will help you learn Mandarin Chinese: Continue reading

Sleep on the Brushwood and Taste The Gall

The Chinese idiom 卧薪尝胆(wò xīn cháng dǎn, wo4 xin1 chang2 dan3)literally describes a man who encounters failures, but responds with great vigor and constant self-motivation. The idiom was first used in 史记 (shi3 ji4) in the chronicles of State 越 (yue4). Continue reading

The Mountain and Flowing Water

The Chinese idiom 高山流水(gāo shān liú shuǐ, gao1 shan1 liu2 shui3)literally has a double meaning. The first meaning is: ”It is very hard to find bosom friends”. The second is:“the music is very splendid to hear”. It is based on a tale from the Spring and Autumn Period (770- 476 B.C.) and was first recorded in“Liezi Tangwen”by Lie Yukou. Continue reading

Retreating As A Condition For Peace

The Chinese idiom 退避三舍(tuì bì sān shè,tui4 bi4 san1 she3)is used to describe a person who makes a compromise on the important issues to avoid a confrontation on issues that matter more. There is a famous story behind it. Continue reading

Calling The Deer A Horse

Calling The Deer A Horse

The Chinese idiom 指鹿为马(zhǐ lù wéi mǎ,zhi3 lu4 wei2 ma3)literally means deliberately give a false account of the true facts to reach one’s own immoral purposes. Behind this idiom lies a very well-known political confrontation that happened about 2,200 years ago and was re-narrated by the great historian司马迁(si1 ma3 qian1) in the master piece 史记(shi3 ji4). Continue reading

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