Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chinese websites

You use these websites all the time, but do you know how they are called in Chinese language? Here are the Chinese names of some popular websites:
谷歌(Gǔgē): Google
雅虎(Yǎhǔ): Yahoo
必应(Bìyìng): Bing
维基百科(Wéijībǎikē): Wikipedia
脸书(Liǎnshū): Facebook

And below are some really popular Chinese websites:
百度(Bǎidù): Chinese Google
阿里巴巴(Ālǐbābā): combination of eBay and Amazon
淘宝 (Táobǎo): Chinese eBay; owned by Alibaba group
优酷(Yōukù): Chinese YouTube
新浪微博(Xīnlàng wēibó ): Sina Weibo; combination of Twitter and Facebook

Hope this is useful. Feel free to add to this list.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

my chinese poem . . .

This is my 100th post and I would like to share something special. This is the only poem I have written in Chinese language. Actually it is the only poem I have written in any language. For one of my Chinese courses, I had to write a poem describing a picture I took in China. Below is a picture I took in Emei Shan and the poem I wrote about it. Hope you like it.
And here is the English translation:
On Emei Shan
You and I stand in front of candle lights
I feel warm on this cold day
Is it the candle flame, or you?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

That’s wonderful

We just learned a new word 马马虎虎 (mǎmǎhǔhǔ). But where does it lie in the range of expressions used to describe the qualities of things?

好极了(hǎo jíle) ,太好了(tài hǎole)
非常好(fēicháng hǎo) ,很好(hěn hǎo) ,好 (hǎo)

不错 (bùcuò) ,还可以 (hái kěyǐ) ,马马虎虎(mǎmǎhǔhǔ)

不太好 (bù tài hǎo)

不好 (bù hǎo) ,差 (chà) ,坏 (huài)

It goes from That’s wonderful (好极了) to bad (). Now I hope you know how to express exactly how you feel.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Some Chinese words I love

When I first started learning Chinese, there were few words that instantly became my favorites. Today I am going to share them with you.
糟糕 (zāogāo): too bad

马马虎虎 (mǎmǎhǔhǔ): so-so

糊里糊涂 (hu li hú tu): confused

公共汽车 (gōnggòng qìchē): bus
You can see a trend here. They all became my favorites because of the way they sound. Do you have any you can add to this list?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

People’s Republic of China

We learned that China is called 中国 (Zhōngguó) in Chinese language. And maybe you also know that the official name of China is People’s Republic of China. But do you know how to say that in Chinese?
Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
People’s Republic of China

Where else have we seen 人民 (Rénmín)? Do you remember this?
人民币 (Rénmínbì): People’s currency
人民币 (Rénmínbì) is the official currency of China.

Below are few other instances where you can find 人民 (Rénmín).
Zhōngguó rénmín jiěfàngjūn
People’s Liberation Army

Rénmín guǎngchǎng
People’s Square

Zhōngguó rénmín dàxué
People’s University of China