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Do You Know Anything About This Chinese Word?

Word of the Week: yī wú suǒ zhī

When if first went to China I knew absolutely nothing about the language. Actually, that’s a lie. I’d studied Japanese so I recognised plenty of “kanji”, which definitely wasn’t a hindrance. 576 more words

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Scriptural reference: Matthew 25:1-13
“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids* who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 392 more words

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Is China a "Messy" Country?

Word of the Week: luàn

China isn’t famous for being particularly tidy or organised. I don’t like to promote racial or national stereotypes but I was once staying in a Chinese youth hostel and met a German girl who had become somewhat frustrated (to put it mildly) by what she saw as a lack of organisation in China. 471 more words

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What To Say When Your Chinese Friend Is A Phone Addict

Word of the week: kòng

There’s always that one person in the office who spends more time playing on their shǒu jī 手机 (phone) and talking to people on… 395 more words

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Can You Understand This Chinese Phrase?

Word of the week: yì si

If you’re learning Mandarin one thing I suggest you never say is wǒ tīng bù dǒng 我听不懂 (literally ‘I listen not understand’) or any of the other ways to say “I don’t understand” when trying to talk to a stranger. 567 more words

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Why You Should Never Try DIY Plumbing in China...

Word of the Week: bái chī

Last week I found that I should never ever be allowed to do DIY plumbing. And I found out the hard way, by breaking the a pipe in the wall and having high pressure water spray out so quickly it managed to flood my whole apartment within just a few minutes. 456 more words

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What Can You Win at a Chinese Wedding?

Word of the Week: kōu

I was at a Chinese wedding last week. One of those strange parties that is like a bizarre parody of a western wedding wrapped up in the format of a TV game show. 911 more words

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