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How to Order Donuts 頂 甜甜圈 in Chinese

I really like the word for “donuts” in Chinese. 「甜甜圈」從字面就可以十分明白它的意思。 「(甜甜圈)」(從)[(字)(面)](就)(可以)(十分)(明白)[(它)(的)](意思)。 “(tian2 tian2 quan1)” (cong2) [(zi4) (mian4)] (jiu4) (ke3 yi3) (shi2 fen1) (ming2 bai2) [(ta1)(de.)] (yi4 si.). “(sweet sweet circle)” (from) [(character) (face)] (exactly) (can/able to) (10 points/completely) (clear/understand) [(it) (indicating possessive) = (it's)] (meaning). The meaning of “donut” is clearly understood from the (Chinese) […]

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How to be Happily Unoffended in a World Full of Easily Offended People

Being offended is very popular right now. If a person can claim to have been offended, they feel justified in all kinds of attitudes and actions, from arrogant impatience to self-righteous black listing. Trying to talk to someone who is determined to be offended is like walking over a rope bridge when you know someone […]

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How to Know if You Want to be a Princess in Chinese

It sounds fun to be treated like one, but let’s gather all the facts. 做一個公主有許多麻煩。 (做)❶(一個)(公主)(有)(許多)(麻煩)。 (zuo4) (yi1 ge.) (gong1 zhu3) (you3) (xu3 duo1) (ma2 fan.). (to be) (one) (princess) (to have) (numerous) (trouble). A princess has much trouble.   First of all, there are all kinds of tests. 一個真公主得會跳舞一整夜。 (一個)(真)(公主)(得)(會)(跳舞)(一整夜)。 (yi1 ge.) (zhen1) (gong1 […]

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How My Chickens Help Me Learn Opposites in Chinese

I have front yard and back yard chickens. 我一邊跟牠❶們玩一邊得做苦工。 (我)(一邊)❷(跟)(牠們)(玩)(一邊)(得)(做)(苦工)。 (wo3) (yi1 bian4) (gen1) (ta1 men.) (wan2) (yi1 bian4) (dei3) (zuo4) (ku3 gong1) (I) (one side) (with) (them) (to play with/to find pleasure in) (one side) (must) (to work/to do) (hard labor) They are both fun and lots of work.   They are not pets […]

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