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“The Lion-Eating Poet”: the meowsome one-sound poem you can only read

Did you know there’s a famous poem in Chinese composed of one sound and one sound only? What is this one-sound poem? How do you read a poem with only one sound? Welcome to the tale of the “Lion-Eating poet in the Stone Den”.

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Ninchanese“The Lion-Eating Poet”: the meowsome one-sound poem you can only read
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HSK 3.0 April 2022 Update: Did the new HSK 3.0 come out?

With March having come and gone, one burning question is on all Chinese learners’ lips: did the new HSK 3.0 come out as it was supposed to? Short answer: No. But, dive in, learner, because this is juicy.

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NinchaneseHSK 3.0 April 2022 Update: Did the new HSK 3.0 come out?
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Chinese Wordle: Play and Learn Chinese (chengyus)!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Wordle, the word game taking the world by storm. Chinese learners, rejoice! We found a Chinese-language version of Wordle. So dear little dragons, read on to learn where to find Chinese Wordle and how to play it.

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NinchaneseChinese Wordle: Play and Learn Chinese (chengyus)!
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New HSK Levels 2021: No need to panic! What to expect (April 28th Update)

It’s everywhere suddenly in your Chinese learning sphere online. The Chinese Proficiency tests are changing? There’s going to be a new HSK exam instead? And it’s going to become massive and impossible to do? Feeling on the verge of a panic attack like never before? Take a deep breath. The Nincha Team behind Ninchanese is here to help and set a few things straight. It turns out there’s no reason to panic… yet (and possibly, ever).

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NinchaneseNew HSK Levels 2021: No need to panic! What to expect (April 28th Update)
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Chinese food: Learn to Cook and Spice your Chinese meal with complete vocabulary lists!

The Chinese food and kitchen are very varied: there are in fact so many uncountable dishes that it would take a lifetime for you to try them all out! Learn the many ways of cooking and spicing up your Chinese meal you need to know about in this Chinese food course on Ninchanese.

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NinchaneseChinese food: Learn to Cook and Spice your Chinese meal with complete vocabulary lists!
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Big Numbers in Chinese – The struggle with the zeros and other characteristics

Numbers are everywhere and when learning Chinese you will very soon get to know the basic numbers and count using Chinese. Right after that, there’s the big numbers, you will count even higher: at first up to 100 (一百), then 1000 (一千) and finally 10000 (一万). These are the basics to know, but what if you want to use the really big numbers and the amount of zeros is getting out of control? Find it out how by continuing reading.

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NinchaneseBig Numbers in Chinese – The struggle with the zeros and other characteristics
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Writing Chinese characters: The purpose

I think at one point everyone who starts learning Chinese asks themselves the same questions about writing Chinese:

  • Do I need to learn to write Chinese characters?
  • When is the best time to begin with them?
  • Where do you start?
  • How do you write Chinese characters? Are there any rules?

With this article, I want to share a bit of my experience in writing characters and maybe a helpful additional way of learning Chinese. To be clear, I’m not talking about the art of Chinese Calligraphy but just casual hand-writing. Handwritten Chinese with a pen a piece of paper.

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NinchaneseWriting Chinese characters: The purpose