Monthly Archives: June 2011

Speaking, Seeing, Listening and Understanding

Speaking, Seeing, Listening and Understanding – Essential verb groups for basic Chinese

We’ve neglected the beginner here at Chinesehacks, in a mix of news and idioms we’ve forgotten that there are people who are just beginning to learn Chinese, or people who just want to learn a few important Chinese keywords before ……

Marmite 因人而異

To Vary From Person to Person – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

Whether it’s food, clothes, music or any area where people differ this is a great idiom to use, the Taiwan education department even use medicine in their dictionary example. 因人而異(因人而异) Pinyin: yīn rén ér yì English: to vary from person ……

CS parody

Chinese Gamers’ Funny Counter-Strike Parody of Popular KTV Song

Some Chinese gamers (I say Chinese as the subs were in Simplified Chinese) have created a music video for Counter Strike CS that parodies a famous song by Hong Kong singer 陳奕迅. The song, Ten Years (十年 shí nián)is a ……

Free Willy

Leisurely and Carefree – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

Thankfully we have a more positive idiom after last week’s ‘to suffer a crushing defeat‘ example. 自由自在(自由自在) Pinyin: zì yóu zì zài English: Leisurely and carefree; free and easy Image from the movie Free Willy Note: The word in the ……

Pi

The 12 Stages of the Burnout Cycle – Chinese Translation: Stage 02

I hope you haven’t burnt yourself out learning Chinese since the first part of this series! Here is the second stage of The Burnout Cycle translated into Chinese, this time looking at meeting your own high expectations by taking on ……

Hanping Pro

Hanping Pro Chinese-English Dictionary for Android Updated – Review

Hanping Chinese dictionary for Android has been updated so much over the last few months that’s it’s hard to keep up. Hanping (Free, Pro) has been my dictionary of choice for Android since I started using it in early 2010 ……

Pinyin Soundboard

Flash Soundboard for Pinyin Pronunciation

I wish I had this to hand when starting out learning Chinese, a Pinyin pronunciation soundboard that features all pronunciation combinations and for each tone! This is extremely useful if you’re just starting out or even want to brush up ……

Picard Facepalm

To Suffer a Crushing Defeat – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

It’s no-nonsense idiom time, though hopefully you won’t have to use this one often for describing yourself. It’s great to use for competitions, sports activities and elections etc. 一敗塗地(一败涂地) Pinyin: yī bài tú dì English: to suffer a crushing defeat; ……

Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language – Free online mock exam

As far as Chinese proficiency exams go, the Chinese HSK exam is probably the most well know, though there is an alternative. In Taiwan, learners of Chinese take the TOCFL exam (Test of Chinese as a Foreign language), formally known ……

Lifelike - no-nonsense Chinese idioms

Lifelike and Realistic – No-Nonsense Chinese Idioms

It’s Thursday – which means another no-nonsense Chinese idiom: 栩栩如生(栩栩如生) Pinyin: xŭ xŭ rú shēng English: realistic; lifelike Usage Traditional 這些栩栩如生的香蕉人像是藝術家刻出來的 Simplified 这些栩栩如生的香蕉人像是艺术家刻出来的 Pinyin zhè xiē xŭxŭrúshēng de xiāngjiāo rénxiàng shì yìshùjiā kēchūlái de English These lifelike banana figures were ……

Burnout

The 12 Stages of the Burnout Cycle – Chinese Translation: Stage 01

I was recently browsing through the new book, The Art of Community, written by Linux guru Jono Bacon (which is incidentally available as a free PDF download), when I noticed a section discussing ‘burnout’. Screenshot from the movie Office Space, ……