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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

PAPER IN LUO YANG BECOMES EXPENSIVE

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

Advantages Of Chinese Learning Apps Over Traditional Language Learning Methods

When it comes to learning a language as difficult and challenging as Mandarin Chinese, you want to choose the best possible learning method, the most experienced teacher and the help of suitable learning tools.  For this, you must be aware of the types and varieties of the various Chinese language learning methods. 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

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

Get The Casket and Return The Pearl

The Chinese idiom 买椟还珠(mǎidúhuánzhū,mai3 du2 huan2 zhu1)is used to satirize the behaviors of those who do not focus their attention on the main issues but get bogged down in minor details. It is derived from the story narrated in “外储说左上”(wai4 chu3 shuo1 zuo3 shang4) from 韩非子(han2 fei1 zi3). Continue reading

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