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Chocolate Tofu Pie

China was making tofu from soybeans more than two thousand years ago. Shape.com says, ““Generally, less processed soy products, like tofu, are safe and healthy for most people. On the other hand, heavily processed soy-based products should be consumed in moderation, if at all,” advises Ochner, who says edamame, fermented soy, and tofu are considered…

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Tai vs Tai

Taipei’s MRT system, wonderful though it is, continues to find new ways to irritate me. Today I present the case of 台 vs. 臺 Semantically, there is no difference between these two characters. They both represent the tái in Taipei/Taibei and Taiwan. But the 台 form is more common in Taiwan, where it is seen…

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Understanding Chinese characters is a book that compiles years of Chinese character study in a concise…

Understanding Chinese characters is a book that compiles years of Chinese character study in a concise and understandable way for the learner. Learn to understand Chinese characters for what they really are with a book that is easy to use, combining the best modern Chinese character academic research with the best learner experience. Written by…

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Video Lesson: Do You Have Time on the Weekend?

“Do You Have Time?” is a common question in any language when talking to friends. In Chinese, it’s quite simple to learn how to ask and answer this everyday question. Watch Video Answers Got questions? Take a Free 1-to-1 live online lesson with our professional teachers from China. Source: Influenceur Chinois Permalink: Video Lesson:…

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Answer to Video Lesson: Do You Have Time on the Weekend?

<<Back to “Video Lesson: Do You Have Time on the Weekend?” Got questions? Take a Free 1-to-1 live online lesson with our professional teachers from China. Source: Influenceur Chinois Permalink: Answer to Video Lesson: Do You Have Time on the Weekend? Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Naming Trends Across the Decades

Earlier this year, Qimingtong, a “name consulting company,” released a report which listed the top 100 popular names in China (yes, these kinds of companies exist and people do actually pay money for advice on naming their child). According to the report, the people with the most popular surname and given name combinations currently make…

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Carl’s Recommended English Vocabulary – Part 1

My students are always very interested in boosting their English vocabulary. However, I noticed that many of the vocabulary books published in China are of a poor quality – they are either full of Chinglish or don’t select the most practical words for students to learn. So I decided to create a few of my…

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Difference between knowledge and wisdom. #Chinese #bilingual #comics #postitnotes

Difference between knowledge and wisdom. #Chinese #bilingual #comics #postitnotes via Instagram Like what you see? Follow us on Instagram or Twitter or both! Share/Bookmark Source: Influenceur Chinois Permalink: Difference between knowledge and wisdom. #Chinese #bilingual #comics #postitnotes Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

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Friday Photo: Chairs

Six years ago this week I was in Shanghai. I don’t remember why, but I do remember wandering some of streets of the old city where I spotted these little chairs lined up outside a business. Just sunning themselves on a warm Spring day. Two things have always puzzled me: who put them there and why? …

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Explanation of Chinese Alphabet

Chinese is quite different from English and other languages. With other languages, you usually start out learning that language’s alphabet. Thus, you might think that there is also a Chinese Alphabet. However, Chinese is not constructed by the Roman letters that other languages use. As you can see from the picture below, Chinese’s speaking and…

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