Where Is Mandarin Spoken?

Mandarin is the official language of Mainland China. However, with China being an economic giant globally, the language has spread far and wide. Not only neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore speak Mandarin, but other continents too. Besides that, a vast Chinese population lives abroad in countries like the US and the UK. It … Read more

Jianbing (煎饼) Recipe

Jianbing (煎饼) is probably the most iconic Chinese street food. Although its home province is Shandong, you can see it in breakfast stalls all around the country. According to historical records, in the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty, Shandong people started to use a griddle to make pancakes. Millet, corn, wheat, sorghum, sweet potatoes, … Read more

Jiangshi: The Incredible Chinese Zombie

Jiangshi (僵尸, literally “the stiff corpse”) is a type of a vampiric monster in the Chinese folklore. Since it is known to be a dead creature that sucks out the living force of humans, it can be regarded as a Chinese equivalent of the legendary western vampire or zombie myth. Jiangshi were believed to once … Read more

Popular Chinese Cartoons

Learning a new language is enjoyable for many people. But, if you keep it to just reading from the books, it could be dull. Why not find some effective ways to learn Chinese? Chinese Movies on Netflix are effective ways to learn more vocabulary fast. However, if they are too difficult for you, you could … Read more

Popular Chinese Cultural Symbols

Dragon In traditional Chinese culture, the dragon (龙 long) is a symbol of power, nobility and honor, as well as a symbol of luck and success. In Chinese feudal society, the Chinese dragon symbolized the sovereignty of the emperors and all elements attributed to it were reserved exclusively for imperial power. The Chinese emperors were … Read more

Cool Chinese Words

Cool Chinese words consist of many Chinese slang words widely used in Chinese cultures. You can hardly obtain these words from textbooks or classrooms. What’s more, people are constantly updating it online. It may not be easy to learn, but mastering them makes you sound cool in real-world Chinese!  To make things easier, we’ve put … Read more

Chinese Folktales You Need to Know

China is a place of long history, and long history creates many legends. Some of them explain popular phenomena in nature (like animal behavior) meanwhile others deal with the creation of universe and men. There are also some that talk about inventions and how the life of humanity was made easier thanks to some brave … Read more

Famous Chinese Singers You Need to Know

Music is a great tool to elevate our mood and reduce stress. But do you know, it has other benefits for language learners? In fact, listening to music allows you to gain vocabulary and know the Chinese culture in-depth. You can learn everyday Chinese and understand how to use the words. Besides watching Chinese movies … Read more

Chinese Puns

What are puns? A pun is a type of jokes that exploits a different possible meaning of a word; in short, puns are homophonic jokes. They are very common in Mandarin because Chinese is full of homonyms: words that sound the same but have a different meaning. In ancient Chinese many words had very different … Read more

Funny Chinese Words

Learning a new language is often challenging yet fun. It all depends on how you look at it and how you learn it. Undeniably, the Chinese language is the most complex language to learn. But, it is also among the most interesting ones! Today, let’s learn some funny Chinese words related to animals. You’ll find … Read more