Explaining 8 common Chinese idioms (“chéngyǔ”) you might hear on TV and in everyday language

Posted by Kimberley Y. on 8/7/20 10:22 AM

“Chéngyǔ” (成语) are Chinese idioms that usually occur in groups of four characters and often originate from old fables in classical Chinese writing. As a testament to China’s long history and rich culture, chéngyǔ have persisted as a fundamental component of modern Chinese language in both formal writing and in everyday language. There are over 5000 chéngyǔ, with the average Chinese person today probably knowing around 200-400 of them. You really can’t claim to know Chinese without knowing some chéngyǔ!

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The music of Mandarin: learning the five tones of the language

Posted by Yun on 1/24/20 11:00 AM

Learning Chinese is challenging but fun! Even the parts that require repetitive practice can be enjoyable with the right framework and point-of-view.

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The Language Tutor: Doubt Not the Dictionary

Posted by Manoah Finston on 11/27/13 7:22 AM

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The Language Tutor: Everyday Immersion

Posted by Sarah Woolsey on 11/20/13 8:22 AM

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Should I Take the Chinese SAT II Subject Test?

Posted by Sam Ashworth on 11/1/13 9:57 AM

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So You Want to Learn Chinese?

Posted by Sam Ashworth on 9/18/12 1:33 PM

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