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Chinese Spring Festival: Everything You Need to Know

When is the Chinese Spring Festival? 春节 / chūnjié, also known as the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year, is observed in accordance with the traditional Lunar calendar, so the exact dates differ from year to year. In 2021, the Spring Festival will be celebrated on February 12, but the seven-day public holiday will start one day before that – on 除夕 / chúxī / the New Year’s Eve. Believe it or not, but in the past holiday was even longer than that: it lasted for half a month and ended with 元宵节 / yuánxiāo jié / the Lantern Festival on 正月十五 / zhēngyuè shíwǔ / the 15th day …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Numbers

A native speaker of Russian, translator and passionate learner of English and Chinese. Always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need of language learning advice.
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Math may be a human construct, but numbers are an essential part of life. From bustling open-air markets to somber business meetings, your grasp on numbers determines your chances of success. So how does one learn Chinese numbers? With the help of the following article, of course 🙂    Reading Chinese Numbers Chinese Numbers from 1 to 10 Chinese numbers are a pretty simple lot, especially in comparison to English or, Heaven forbid, French. First, we have numbers from 1 to 10: Number Hanzi Pinyin 1 一 yī 2 二 èr 3 三 sān 4 四 sì 5 五 wǔ 6 六 liù 7 七 qī 8 八 bā 9 …

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Best Online Chinese Dictionary: A Handy Guide

Francesca Rossi is an experienced writer currently focused on researching and writing articles. She studied languages in Italy and in the USA, her works include English-Italian and Chinese-Italian translations as well as content creation and creative writing for different blogs and websites. She is currently based in Europe.
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One of the first problems you might encounter when studying Chinese is how to look up the meaning of characters you’ve never seen before. Since Chinese doesn’t use an alphabet, trying to look for a character on a paper dictionary can be a lengthy and tricky process, especially when you don’t know the pinyin of the character. This is where an online Chinese dictionary comes in to help foreign people gain information on a specific word. Electronic and digital dictionaries can tell you all you need to know about a character in just a few seconds, meaning you’ll be able to quickly understand what a word means just by copy …

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Chinese Characters: The Key to Fluency

A native speaker of Russian, translator and passionate learner of English and Chinese. Always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need of language learning advice.
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Some people claim that you can learn Chinese without mastering its “overly complicated” writing system, while others live in fear of hanzi, preferring to give up on learning the language whatsoever. In this article, we will try to find the ins and outs of Chinese characters and to answer the age-old question of, Do I really need to know all of them to be fluent? Let’s find out! What Are Chinese Characters Chinese characters, née hànzì (汉字/漢字 in Simplified and Traditional script), are logograms developed for the writing of Chinese. Each Chinese character represents one syllable which is often considered the phonological “building blocks” of words. In English, not every syllable …

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How to Say Goodbye in Chinese [Complete Guide]

While a polite greeting always makes a great first impression to someone you meet, a proper way to end a conversation will help your friendship go a long way. In China, mastering casual and formal ways to say goodbye in Chinese is considered an essential part of polite conversation. To speak Chinese like a pro, you have to understand various ways of saying goodbye in different situations. First, let’s start with the most commonly used phrases.  Casual Ways to Say Goodbye in Chinese 1. 拜拜 [bāi bāi]: Byebye Used between close friends; the most common colloquial expression.   2. 再见 [zài jiàn]: Goodbye Textbook version of saying goodbye; it is …

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Typing in Chinese: The Most Detailed Guide

As you progress from a beginner to an intermediate learner of Chinese, the likelihood of having to produce Chinese text increases. A skill you need to learn at this stage is typing in Chinese on your computer or smartphone.  But there are about 2500 commonly used Chinese characters! Does that mean that I have to get a keyboard with at least 2500 buttons? The answer is NO! You can easily type any Chinese character you want with the QWERTY keyboard.  You need to know the Pinyin and tones or the radical of the character you want to type. Choose an input method. Download a Chinese keyboard. Note some unique letters …

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Learn Chinese and Crush it: 2021 Complete Guide

Have you always wished you could learn Chinese but felt intimidated by how hard it seems? Or maybe you’ve tried to study Chinese in the past but ended up giving up. Have you ever felt envious of others who seem to have a gift for language learning? What if someone could give you the roadmap that could guarantee your success to go from zero to advanced in Chinese? And what if someone told you that you don’t need any special powers or gifts to accomplish this? Continue reading this article and you’ll find out the precise roadmap to bring you to the Chinese fluency you’ve always dreamed of. And reading …

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Meet Jiayu Yan, the Voice Behind Your Chinese Lessons

You have already heard her voice so many times, but you have no idea who she is! It is her voice that gives life to the complicated Chinese characters. It is her voice that guides you to pronounce Chinese like a native speaker. She is the voice behind ChineseSkill’s lessons – Yan Jiayu (闫嘉煜). Q: Tell us about yourself! A: Hello everyone! I am Yan Jiayu, the voice of ChineseSkill’s lessons. My English name is Sherry Yan. I have an MA degree in Chinese International Education. ChineseSkill’s old friends might be familiar with my voice, since I have worked with ChineseSkill for a long time. English is my second language. When I …

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HSK 3 Vocabulary List [PDF]

Hey Chinese learners, to help you study Chinese and pass HSK successfully, we present you the full list of 300 words required to know to pass HSK 3. Please note, to pass HSK 3, you’ll also need the 150 HSK 1 words and the 150 HSK 2 words. HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or Chinese Proficiency Test) is a standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban). And HSK 3 is the third level among HSK 1 to 6, with HSK 1 being the easiest level. The list below is summarized based on the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education,  a book published by Hanban for …

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HSK 2 Vocabulary List

Hey Chinese learners, to help you study Chinese and pass HSK successfully, we present you the full list of 300 words required to know to pass HSK 2.  HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or Chinese Proficiency Test) is a standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban). And HSK 2 is the second easiest level among HSK 1 to 6. The list below is summarized based on the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education,  a book published by Hanban for those who teach Chinese as a second language. If you are looking for in-app HSK flashcards, please download ChineseSkill and try the HSK drill! HSK 2 Vocabulary(150 New …

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