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Japan's Flag|Japan's flag

Japan's Flag: Unfurling the Meaning

17 de February de 2023Loida Contreras
Japan's flag, also known as the Nisshōki or "sun-mark flag," is a simple yet striking symbol that has come to represent the country's unique culture, history, and spirit. The flag features a white rectangular field with a red circle at its center, representing the sun. It is a powerful emblem that has played an important […]
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Torii Gate in Water|Torii Fushimi Inari

Torii Gates, What Are They?

26 de August de 2021Loida Contreras
Now that the Tokyo Olympics games are over, it will be difficult for us to forget about its iconic Torii gates or arches. In fact, they appear in many pins and souvenirs that have remained from the most atypical Olympic games in history. However, there is nothing unusual about Torii gates in Japanese history, religion, […]
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Acuarela de colores

Names of Colors in Chinese

16 de July de 2021Loida Contreras
The colors in Chinese (颜色; yánsè) are expressed by adding the particle 色 (sè) to the name of the color. This helps to identify the color itself as opposed to another noun that contains it. For example, in English there is the color "orange", but also the fruit with the same name. Well, to avoid […]
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Questions

Questions with 不 (bù) and 没 (méi)

13 de July de 2021Loida Contreras
In Chinese, there are more than one way to ask questions. Besides interrogative pronouns, there is a way to ask if the answer you are looking for is a simple "yes" or "no." We are talking about questions with 不 (bù) and 没 (méi). In this post, we'll talk about a way to ask these […]
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Animals|Farm animals

Names of Animals in Chinese

13 de July de 2021Loida Contreras
The names of animal in Chinese (动物 [dòngwù]) are one of the first things that Chinese students learn. So, here we go. Did you know? The very Chinese word for "animal", 动物 (dòngwù), is very interesting. It is made up of two characters. The first, 动 (dòng), means "to move". And the second, 物 (wù), […]
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Verb 有 for have and there is|Verb You to have

The Verb 有 (yǒu) and How to Use It

12 de July de 2021Loida Contreras
The verb 有 (yǒu) is one of the most frequent in Chinese and has two main uses: "to have" and "there is / there are". We'll also learn how to form negative sentences with the verb 有, since unlike other verbs, it doesn't use 不. The verb 有 in the sense of "to have" This […]
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Like and love verbs

The Verbs "Like" and "Love": 喜欢 (xǐ huān) & 爱 (ài)

12 de July de 2021Loida Contreras
As the saying goes, "To each his own". This mean the things we like and love vary a lot. Fortunately, though, the way to express our likes and dislikes in Chinese is quite similar to English. Of course, each language has its own way to express it. In Chinese, we use the verbs 喜欢 (xǐ […]
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Movimiento Hanfu-Vestido

The Chinese Hanfu Movement, What Is It About?

7 de July de 2021Loida Contreras
The Hanfu Movement appeared in China at the beginning of the 21st century. In short,it is about the revival of the dress style of the Han ethnic group (which is more than 90% of the population of China). But that's not all. For many, the movement goes beyond clothing. It is a subculture that seeks […]
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Ciudades en chino

Names of Cities in Chinese

30 de June de 2021Loida Contreras
In this post we'll learn some names of cities in Chinese so you can widen your vocabulary. We will also see how characters work to create a pronunciation that is close to the name of the city in the original language. In most cases, the writing is a phonetic representation of the name. In others, […]
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Pareja celebra Wu er ling

Chinese Valentine's Day: "Wu Er Ling"

28 de June de 2021Loida Contreras
May 20th is a very special date for couples in China. On that day, the most romantic ones share gifts or have a dinner at a fancy restaurant. It's the Chinese Valentine's Day Why is 520 the number for Chinese Valentine's? This is a really fun fact. "Five-two-zero", 五 (wǔ) 二 (èr) 零 (líng) is […]
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Japan's Flag: Unfurling the Meaning
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Names of Colors in Chinese
Questions with 不 (bù) and 没 (méi)
Names of Animals in Chinese
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