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…

熊猫 (xióngmāo) Pandas!

Baby pandas!
We bring you some fantastic news from the past week! Twin baby pandas were born on Monday! Ahem. Mother 雅莉 (Yǎ Lì) gave birth to the twins on Monday morning. They weigh just 144 and 113 grams, and both are female. So far they are unnamed. In Chinese, we call pandas 熊猫 (xióngmāo,) which—awesomely—is “bear…

Analyse this

We have a little bit of news to tell you today, and what better way to tell you than by getting you to learn some Chinese? So have a read of this: 我们五月回中国度假! (wǒmen wǔ yuè huí Zhōngguó dùjià!) * Let’s break it down: 我们五月回中国度假! (wǒmen wǔ yuè huí Zhōngguó dùjià!) 我 (wǒ) means “I.”…

新闻 (xīnwén) News

Do you enjoy reading the news? What about Chinese news? Have you tried reading Chinese news in Chinese? With such a large population, there are bound to be some interesting news articles. We read one the other day about a woman from 大庆 (Dàqìng) in 黑龙江 (Hēilóngjiāng) Province (the North-eastern tip of China,) who stole…