How to Read Chinese Faster

The Chinese language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, making it a valuable asset to learn for personal and professional purposes. However, learning to read Chinese can be a challenge, especially for those who are new to the language. In this article, we will discuss practical tips and techniques to … Read more

Chinese Reading Direction

Is Chinese read vertically or horizontally? Is it right to left or left to right? The answer is not as simple as most speakers of European languages might expect. In fact, not only are there various reading directions used in Chinese today, but reading direction has undergone significant changes in recent centuries. How is it … Read more

Chinese Songs

Many Chinese learners want to learn about the Chinese music scene. Songs are a great way to study the Chinese language, encounter Chinese culture, or connect with Chinese people. No matter what your motive is, you’re sure to find listening to Chinese music enjoyable and will quickly find your own favorite artists or bands. That … Read more

One in Chinese

It may be the loneliest number, but it’s also extremely useful. Let’s look at the number one in Chinese, how it’s used, how it’s pronounced and some common words and phrases that include it. Pronunciation In Chinese, “one” is 一 (yī). It’s generally considered the easiest character, because it’s only a single stroke and because … Read more

The Hardest Chinese Character

One of the most daunting parts of learning Chinese is the writing system. When people used to an alphabet of 26 letters start taking on the thousands of characters in Chinese, a question natural comes up: just how hard does this get? The most complicated character One way to gauge the difficulty of a character … Read more

Chinese Valentine’s Day

In the West, Valentine’s Day is considered a day of romance, when you express your love to that special someone through words, flowers, chocolates, cards and so forth. Do Chinese people celebrate Valentine’s Day? What is Qixi? How can you express your love in Chinese? Read on to find out! Valentine’s Day情人节 (qíngrén jié) Like … Read more

Pinyin Practice

When people first start learning Chinese, they sometimes don’t realize that learning the Pinyin romanization system is an important early step in the process. But just like any part of learning a language, Pinyin is a skill that needs to be practiced, not just knowledge to be learned. The path to Pinyin Ever since people … Read more

How Many Words Are in Chinese?

There are many things that make learning Chinese difficult for people who grew up speaking English. Besides the different sound system, different writing system and different grammar, Chinese also has a nearly completely dissimilar vocabulary. Unlike most learners of European languages, Chinese learners find that the two languages have no cognates and relatively few loanwords. … Read more

Chinese Vegetable Terms That Will Make You Hungry

Everyone knows that vegetables are a vital part of a healthy diet. Let’s learn how to say some of our favorites in Chinese. Vegetables with the character 菜 In Chinese, the word for vegetables is 蔬菜 (shūcài). This 菜 character may be familiar if you’ve learned types of cuisine, as in: 我们吃中国菜吧! (Wǒmen chī zhōngguó … Read more

The Best Online Chinese Translator 

Many dreams of going on vacation once in a while, especially to beautiful places like China. Sadly, the language barrier is a pain in the neck and significantly affects the quality of communication. That is why a translator comes in handy in these situations. However, what defines the best Chinese translator?   Criteria for The Best … Read more