Chinese people are big on treating people to dinner. It is common for Chinese to go to dinner or lunch together and vie to be the one to pay the bill. This lesson helps you understand this aspect of Chinese culture.
You invited two Chinese friends for a family dinner. They liked the food you prepared and enjoyed chatting with you. Now they were about to leave. Learn how to see your guests off politely- in Chinese style!
How to start a conversation with a girl? Ask her the questions and let her do the talking: What do you think of that restaurant? What do you think of the new movie? What do you think of new iPhone? And finally, what do you think of me? Listen attentively and nod along. Before you know it, she will be yours…
There are people who often do something that exceeds other’s expectations. Some might, perhaps, memorize long passages in a book, or skillfully craft a figurine with dexterous hands. Sometimes though, not all talents are necessarily beneficial…like those who max out three credit cards in a single day.
No matter where you are, when you have to go to the restroom, you REALLY have to go. You know what that means. Learning to ask for directions to a public restroom is a critical skill surviving in China.
A lot of foreigners find taking a taxi is the most convenient and yet affordable way to get around in China. However, most taxi drivers don’t speak English well. Talking to taxi drivers in Chinese is something you need to learn.
In traditional Chinese culture, “Winter solstice” marks the start of the longer daylight hours and an increase in positive energy flowing in. Chinese call this day “dōngzhì,” and eat either dumplings or Tangyuan on that day.
You suddenly realized that you couldn’t find your wallet. You bet you must have put it somewhere. But you just can't find it. Your Chinese friend came to help: "Bié dān xīn! Wǒ bāng nǐ zhǎo!" It's probably a good idea to know what that means. This lesson helps.
You successfully signed a contract with a Chinese client, and got invited for a celebration party. Your Chinese host proposed a toast but you don't drink alcohol at all. You don't want to offend them but how do you explain to them politely?
When you say "how are you?" to your Chinese friends, they may not respond by saying "Wǒ hěn hǎo." or "I’m fine." That's not wrong, but just not so authentic. You might hear them saying "I am doing OK" or "I am just so so." Why? Because Chinese people usually tend to be modest, and keep a low profile, even if they are doing super great.
You will meet an important Chinese client. Unfortunately, you are caught in the traffic jam; it seems that you will be late for this meeting. How do you make a sincere apology when you meet the client?
Making an apology is an effective lubricant in social interactions. It is not surprising that there are many ways to say “sorry” in Chinese. Knowing the appropriate ways to express yourself under various circumstances will not only help placate those around you, but also give you the upper hand in building relationships.
OK. You know this is an important meeting and you are eager to greet someone in Chinese. This lesson shows the most basic expressions to do so. You will also learn that the Chinese way to say “hello” is actually “you” “good”, and “good morning” is "morning good!”
Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo… We are really familiar with these famous brand names, aren’t we? Recently, we were asked to coin a brand name for our product. Everyday we racked our minds, rack, rack, rack… How difficult it is to find a perfect name! How do the creators of these brands think up names? Oh, they are really something, aren’t they?
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I have learned Survival Chinese courses here for a week and noticed that in Lesson 4 of the Survival Chinese course there is the measure word “个.” The usage of this is not very clear to me. Could you explain it? Thanks!
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