Monthly archives: July, 2016

时间 (shíjiān) Time

Today, we’re going to talk about 时间 (shíjiān) time. General time, to be specific! It’s confusing sometimes, because it doesn’t match up in your head with how, logically, it probably should. Ahh, but the Chinese language has evolved that way, so that’s how it is. Let’s take a look at the confusion: 去年 (qùnián) is…

繁體 (fántǐ) Traditional, 简体 (jiǎntǐ) Simplified, and 拼音 (pīnyīn.) What’s the deal?

So you may have heard some of these words bandied about, and you’re wondering to yourself, what’s going on here? Why is it so complicated? Is Chinese that complicated? Languages are not unchanging, they’re a fluid body of knowledge, and that is never more clear than with the Chinese language. Once upon a time, in…

爱好 (àihào) Hobbies

If we can muster up the energy after a long day of work, we probably should do something good for our health, like one of the exercises we mentioned in our exercise post a couple of weeks ago. So, you know how to say what your hobby might be (like how I love to 跳舞…

世界上最大的望远镜 (shìjiè shang zuì dà de wàngyuǎnjìng) The world’s largest telescope

The construction of Tiānyán, the world’s largest telescope
Above: photos between 2009 and 2016, when the telescope was completed. Last week, the world’s largest telescope was completed. Where is it, you ask? China! Where else 😛 It was built in a valley in 平塘 (Píngtáng) County, 贵州 (Guìzhōu) Province. 五百米口径球面射电望远镜 (wǔbǎi mǐ kǒujìng qiúmiàn shèdiàn wàngyuǎnjìng) is its name, abbreviated to FAST (Five-hundred-metre…

运动 (yùndòng) Exercise

Cong Yan doing 40kg stone exercises
Just three years ago, 1.63m tall Cong Yan weighed in at 115kg. The fear of obesity prompted him to make the decision to lose weight by exercising. Starting off with a 30kg stone on his head, Cong began taking three kilometre walks. Now, Cong can easily walk three kilometres, perform two martial arts sets, and…