Monthly archives: February, 2016

Memory Centre: 日 (rì) and 月 (yuè)

I’m sure you’ve seen these two before: Chinese, as we’ve mentioned before, was a pictographic language, once upon a time. So when writing was just getting popular, they just drew what they saw. A sun (and the dot in the middle is either a sunspot, or it’s because somebody stared at it for too long,…

你最近怎么样? (nǐ zuìjìn zěnmeyàng?) How have you been lately?

With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to ask: 你最近怎么样? (nǐ zuìjìn zěnmeyàng?) How have you been lately? How was your Valentine’s Day? Maybe it’s a bit too early … but then again maybe not, it’s easy when your 女/男朋友 (nǚ/nán péngyou) girl/boyfriend is so amazing, right? Maybe you can say to her/him (or save…

情人节快乐!(qíngrénjié kuàilè!) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 情人节快乐!
Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday the 14th. Let’s assume you like it, and are in a very exciting situation: there’s somebody you like enough to ask out on a date. And in a strange twist of fate, she can’t speak English at all, only Chinese. Don’t worry, we’re here…

新年快乐!(xīn nián kuài lè!) Happy New Year! Time for tones!

新年快乐!Do you remember what this means? I hope so ^_^ Happy New Year! Chinese New Year will soon be upon us, which means it’s a time for family, overeating, and 红包 (hóng bāo)! 红包 (hóng bāo)—if you didn’t know already—are red packets, with money inside, given as a new year’s gift. In the Chinese Calendar,…