Stefan, currently living the fear of the virus as an expat in China, will give you all the tips you need to make it safe with a well-handcrafted list of vocabulary to know. Read Stefan’s story below.read more
When you are studying Chinese, watching Chinese TV shows, Vlogs or Chinese Drama is a great way to improve your spoken and listening skills. We’ve picked the best shows and videos in Mandarin to watch with the help of the Ninchanese community. Discover our top Chinese Vlogger videos!read more
When Angel Huang, from Mandarin HQ, reached out to us and said she’d love to make an interview of cat café owners and users in China in Mandarin for us, we couldn’t resist! Seriously, cats + Chinese… Doesn’t that sound like a match made in heaven for Ninchanese? You know how much we love cats at Ninchanese, and our Chinese learning solution is full of them! Our focus is also on providing you with real, authentic Chinese content, and that’s something that matters to her tremendously as well. We’re therefore very happy to be welcoming Angel on this blog for a guest post on Cat cafés in China!read more
Today is 5.20, May the 20th. It may seem like a normal day for you, but for others, especially in China, today is a very special day! It’s a day of love. Read on to learn how 520 became a Chinese love word!read more
If you weren’t living under a rock in 2014-2015, then the song 小苹果 and its very strange lyrics and music video are probably familiar to you. We want you to stay on top of what music songs are popular in China right now so we’ve selected for you the top 10 Chinese songs you need to know right now. Listen to these to get into the Chinese musical groove and get ready to rule the KTV! You’ll definitely impress your friends by knowing these up and coming trendy songs!read more
As you may know, today is the Lantern Festival in China! 元宵节快乐！ Yuánxiāojié kuàilè! Happy Lantern Festival!
Lantern Festival marks the last day of the Spring Festival and officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations. This fun festival is mostly celebrated at nighttime to see the colorful lanterns flying high in the dark sky.In addition to seeing the lanterns flying, during this festival, families gather to attend four other major activities on this special day. Let’s learn the five must-do activities for a happy Lantern Festival so you can join in in the fun!read more
Chinese people, usually do not celebrate love on February 14, since it’s a Christian celebration coming from the Roman antiquity era. On July 7, Qīxī day (七夕), Chinese people hold their own celebration of love (Christmas and the Chinese New Year are also great excuses to ask for gifts from your significant other).
But young Chinese people like to immerse themselves in western culture and sometimes plan romantic activities on this special day, February 14. Let’s take this opportunity to spread our love in Chinese with 6 different ways to tell that special person you like them.read more
Chinese people often like to use animal analogies when talking. This is called “animal culture”: some animals are given a certain symbolism and used in a metaphorical way to express human feelings. So, in many Chinese idioms or slang words, you’re likely to find animal metaphors used.. In Chinese, particularly, there are a lot of expressions and sayings where cats are involved. As you know, at Ninchanese, we’re big 喵星人 (miāo xīngrén – cat lovers), so today we’re showing you 6 catastic cat quotes in Chinese. Meow!read more
That’s what we think after seeing this picture of human pandas, first shared by Offbeatchinaread more
Don’t you love the sight of a great sale? How awesome is it to score a miaowtastic item 90% off? One of the members of our Google + Chinese language community pointed out something though: discounts in Chinese are confusing. It’s true. Discounts in Chinese don’t have a % sign on them AND they don’t work the same way they do in the West.
So how do you understand sale signs in China? Here’s what you need to know to never miss out on a great sale!