Chinese culture

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What’s your prediction for the Fire Monkey year?

Yesterday, the 8th of February 2016 was the Red Fire Monkey Year (火猴年 Huǒ hóu nián), Chinese New Year celebrations started and marked the beginning of the Red Fire Monkey Year (猴年 hóu nián). Happy Year of the Monkey! 猴年大吉!

Each year, new predictions are set according to traditional Chinese astrology. This Lunar Year is dedicated to the Monkey, the Ninth Zodiac Sign, so predictions can give you an indication of what may happen to you this Fire Monkey year and which signs will be lucky or unlucky. Wondering what this Year will be like? Let’s see what’s in store for you, this year.

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NinchaneseWhat’s your prediction for the Fire Monkey year?
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Old Man Christmas and Other Purrfect Words in Chinese for the Holidays

The Holidays are upon us! Are you excited? Feeling curious to know how Christmas and the Holidays are celebrated in China? Read on below to discover the purrfect words in Chinese for the Holidays you’ll be learning so you can wish happy holidays to those around you in Mandarin Chinese.

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NinchaneseOld Man Christmas and Other Purrfect Words in Chinese for the Holidays
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World 3 is out – Intermediate level now available

Hot on the wheels of World 2, we’re very excited to be now giving you access to World 3 of Ninchanese in Early Access! We worked hard to bring you plenty of new content at an intermediate level of Mandarin Chinese. Intermediate learners, this is for you: pre-order and get access to plenty of new content to skyrocket your Chinese level.

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NinchaneseWorld 3 is out – Intermediate level now available
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The science of storytelling: Why it powers your Chinese learning

In Ninchanese, you’re doing a lot more than simply learning Chinese. Today, we wanted to tell you more  about why we chose to send you Chinese learner, on a quest to save Ninchana as they learn Chinese and why we’re convinced storytelling powers your Chinese learning.

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NinchaneseThe science of storytelling: Why it powers your Chinese learning
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The Dragon Boat Festival Part 1: 4 Activities To Do

The Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival, 端午节 Duānwǔjié is today, Saturday the 20th June (2015)! Each year, this festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, which falls on a different day every year. Read through to know the 4 things to do during this Festival!

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NinchaneseThe Dragon Boat Festival Part 1: 4 Activities To Do
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5 Chinese words you didn’t expect to see a cat in!

Do you guys remember what we brought you two weeks ago: 6 purrfect cat quotes in Chinese? We hope you guys had a lot of fun with these cat sayings! We sure did. And since at Ninchanese, we’re super cat-lovers, we just couldn’t wait to continue our special “cat show” and tell you more funny expressions with”cat” in Chinese.  So today, let’s enjoy 5 Chinese words you didn’t expect to see a cat in! Ready?  Meow~

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Ninchanese5 Chinese words you didn’t expect to see a cat in!
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Top 10 Chinese catchphrases you have to know

At Ninchanese, we aim to teach you both at the same time, so today, we’re showing you some really funny and popular Chinese catchphrases. They’re really handy if you want to chat online or talk to your Chinese-speaking friends. And they are great to learn, because they always reflect current issues and help you understand Chinese culture better . Besides, it’s not as easy for us, foreign learners to know these things if we aren’t living in China.

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NinchaneseTop 10 Chinese catchphrases you have to know
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My idol: your dose of Friday Fun in Chinese

TGIF! We found some Friday fun for you! And it’s all in Chinese 🙂 It’s a silly little Chinese app called My Idol (小偶) that turns you into a hilarious 3D dancing cartoon… Upload your picture, let it map it out in 3D, choose what your avatar is going to look like and have fun exploring!

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NinchaneseMy idol: your dose of Friday Fun in Chinese
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Cat sayings: 6 purrfect quotes in Chinese

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!

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NinchaneseCat sayings: 6 purrfect quotes in Chinese