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How to Twinkle Your Little Star 如何閃爍妳的小星星 in Chinese

My brain was kind of tired after the intense happenings in our family for the last few months, so my wise Chinese teacher 明智中文的老師 (ming2 zhi4 zhong1 wen2 de. lao3 shi1) chose a simple and familiar children’s song to help me re-engage with my Chinese studies: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! She suggested I learn to […]

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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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