Lili's Siblings – HSK 1 Reading Practice


In this HSK level 1 lesson we’re going to practice reading some simple phrases you can use when talking about family. The practice sentences in this blog are taken from a longer reading practice that you can find on the Du Chinese app...

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Most Frequent Names in China – HSK 5 Reading Practice


Considering the number of people in China, it may be surprising that many people share the same name. In this HSK 5 reading practice we will discuss a bit about common Chinese names. Many names come from descendants of Emperors from...

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Panda Eyes – HSK 3 Reading Practice


Have you ever gotten Panda eyes? Maybe after studying all night for a Chinese test you may have found yourself with them! In this HSK 3 reading practice you’ll read about a short conversation with someone who stayed up way too late...

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How Much Is This? – HSK 1 Reading Practice


This HSK 1 reading practice is based on one of the most useful phrases that you’ll use when visiting a Chinese-speaking country. You can choose to read these sentences using traditional or simplified Chinese. You can also turn on or...

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Number Worship – HSK 5 Reading Practice

It’s not quite numerology, but Chinese definitely do put a lot of weight on numbers. In this HSK 5 reading practice we’ll take a look at some numbers that are significant in Chinese culture. You may have learned about these numbers before, but...

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Exposing the Horse's Foot – HSK 5 Reading Practice

This HSK 5 reading is about a common Chinese idiom that you may not have heard before. Try to read the sentences below without pinyin or assistance if possible. If you run into trouble you can hover the word to reveal it's meaning. You'll...

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Are You Awesome? – HSK 3 Reading Practice

There’s no question: If you’re reading this post then you are definitely awesome. Practicing reading when you’re at HSK level 3 is the best way to improve your Chinese. You learn new words while also learning how to use them in context. You repeat...

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Bus to the Library – HSK 2 Reading Practice

Getting around in China is not always easy. I always say that I love metro systems and I hate taking buses. When I lived in Hangzhou there was only one metro line so buses were usually the only option. I had a friend who would just hop on a bus...

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Chinese Numbers 1-100

Counting in Chinese is a delightfully simple task. Learning to count to 100 actually only requires you to learn 11 numbers! That’s because you only need to know the number 1-10 and the word for “hundred.” Actually after you learn those 11 words,...

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Chinese Reading Practice for Beginners

Reading Chinese at a beginner level can take patience and effort, but with the right practice readings you can quickly improve your reading skills. You probably know how to read more Chinese than you realize. There is something powerful about...

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How to Say I Love You in Chinese

Culturally, Chinese people are not known to express love as often using words as in Western cultures. Even so, there are a number of ways to communicate how you feel in Chinese and they can be totally appropriate to use - especially if you are...

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How to say Chinese in Chinese

Before we get into the Chinese word for Chinese, let’s take a look at what we mean in English. When you say you speak Chinese to someone they may ask if you mean Mandarin or Cantonese. In this post we’re going to be looking at ways to say Chinese...

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Top Chinese Surnames

Although there are currently around 2,000 Chinese surnames in use, the top 100 surnames are used by 87% of the population. The top three Chinese surnames, Li, Wang and Zhang, are also the most common surnames of any in the world. By learning a few...

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HSK Reading Practice Collection - Reading Practice for Every Level

This collection of HSK practice readings based on reading level will help send you on your way to developing your Chinese reading skills. Each HSK level adds a number of Chinese characters and we've done our best to limit these readings to...

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How to Set Successful Language Learning Goals

Goal setting is like a super power that will make you reach new heights when it comes to your Chinese language learning. We want you to be a Chinese super hero, so we’ve broken down how to set successful language learning goals in this post.


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Do you have WeChat? – HSK 1 Reading Practice

Why do you learn Chinese? Your motivation will have a big impact on your success. My main motivation has always been to connect with people, especially family and friends. When you make a new friend in China you will usually add them on WeChat. If...

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Buying Cold Medicine – HSK 3 Reading Practice

Picture this: You're in China and you've caught a terrible cold. Suddenly you're going to have to track down some cold medicine and ask for it in Chinese! Luckily you stumbled across this HSK 3 reading practice blog post that will...

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No Pain, All Gain - The Extensive Reading Approach to Mastering Chinese

Sometimes you may feel like you're beating your head against a wall trying to get all these Chinese characters to stick inside your brain. Memorizing lists of words. Sorting through flashcards.




Reading while just...

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2019-12-22upper intermediate

Do Chinese Use “Ni Hao”? – HSK 4 Reading Practice

Try out this reading practice designed for HSK 4 learners. It's about the most well known Chinese greeting word: Ni Hao. There is a lot of debate that happens online about whether this is actually the right way to say hello or not. In the...

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Do You Have a Charger – HSK 2 Reading Practice

Here is one of the most useful HSK 2 reading practices yet: Asking for a charger! When you're traveling or living abroad you may be surprised at how fast your battery drains. Using Google Translate (when it works!), Pleco dictionary and of course...

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An Introduction to Chinese Graded Readers

What are Chinese graded readers?

A graded reader is a book that is limited to a certain reading level. In Chinese this is typically based on the number of characters used in the book. For example, a beginner book might only include 300 unique...

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Discounts in Chinese

Everyone loves a good discount. When you're shopping around, it's always a good idea to keep an eye out for discount signs and promotions. Discounts in Chinese can initially be confusing if you are coming from English. In English we usually...

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Lord Ye’s Passion for Dragons – HSK 6 Reading Practice

Chinese is full of 成語 and you are sure to come across many of them when reading at an HSK 6 level. One Chengyu dictionary contains over 48,000 of them. In this reading practice we will look at one 成語 and how to use it. You can practice vocabulary,...

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A Journey to the West – HSK 6 Reading Practice

This HSK 6 level reading practice introduces a few classic Chinese novels. These are novels that would be a great opportunity for you to stretch your Chinese reading muscles. Chinese literature is written in a style that can differ greatly from...

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2019-12-06upper intermediate

What Do You Do At The Gym – HSK 4 Reading Practice

In this HSK 4 level reading practice you will learn some Chinese conversational phrases about going to the gym. Although going to the gym is more popular in western culture - the U.S. has about 10 times the gym members of China - you will still...

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2019-11-22upper intermediate

That’s settled – HSK 4 Reading Practice

How do you say something is settled in Chinese? In this HSK 4 level reading practice we'll take a look at a few ways to say just that. By now you have probably realized the importance of idioms in Chinese. Chinese love idioms so much that they...

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China’s favorite snack: 瓜子 – HSK 6 Reading Practice

What kind of snacks do you like to eat? In this HSK 6 level reading practice we'll take a look at a common Chinese snack. As you read through the practice sentences you may learn some new words and have a chance to better understand Chinese...

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Hurry Up – HSK 3 Reading Practice

In this HSK 3 level reading practice we're going to take a look at how to use the phrase "Hurry Up" in Chinese. If there's one Chinese phrase that I've heard a lot my entire life, it's this phrase. My mom loves to get me...

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How to Use WeChat: An Introduction for Beginnners

Wechat is now indisputably the most popular communication tool in China owing to its user-friendly functions including voice messaging, video chat and even ordering food. You’ll be able to send instant messages simply by adding a person as your...

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Don’t just use “好朋友” – HSK 5 Reading Practice

This HSK 5 level reading practice will introduce you to some new ways to describe relationships with your friends. At this level, I'm sure you've used "good friend" to describe most of your friends in Chinese. We want to help you expand your...

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Let’s talk later – HSK 2 Reading Practice

In this HSK 2 reading practice, we'll look at a conversation between two friends trying to make plans. At HSK level 2 you'll be able to start making basic conversation in Chinese. The phrases below will be great for you to learn so you can...

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Two words for “can”: 会 (huì) and 能 (néng) – HSK 1 Reading Practice

In this beginner Chinese reading practice we'll look at a couple different ways to say "can" in Chinese. These phrases are taken from an excerpt of Ben's diary - a foreign exchange student in China. You can follow Ben's story and learn Chinese...

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College Majors translated into Mandarin Chinese

One of the most common questions you’re asked as a college student is: “What’s your major?” I always struggled to answer this when visiting my relatives in Taiwan. Nobody taught me how to say “Marketing” in Chinese and for some reason I always...

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Addressing Colleagues in the Workplace – HSK 6 Reading Practice

In this HSK 6 reading practice we'll begin to look at how to appropriately address colleagues in the workplace. These excerpts are taken from a more in-depth lesson that you will find linked below. As you study the lesson try disabling pinyin...

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Chatting about friends – HSK 1 Reading Practice

In this HSK 1 reading practice you'll get a chance to apply the characters you've learned in real sentences. When you first start to learn Chinese it's easy to get caught up in just memorizing characters. Flashcards are great and we...

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Exchanging money – HSK 3 Reading Practice

This HSK 3 level reading practice will go over a few example sentences with pinyin and help for you as you need it. The topic is on exchanging money and these can be very useful phrases when you are traveling in China. Whenever you travel to China...

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Conversation topics in Chinese – HSK 5 Reading Practice

In this HSK 5 reading practice we'll take a look at some conversational topics in Chinese. At this level, Chinese conversation is one of the best ways that you can practice your language skills and expand your vocabulary. When you don't...

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Chatting with mom – HSK 2 Reading Practice

In this HSK 2 reading practice we'll take a look at some excerpts from a conversation between Little Ming and her mom. As you read through the text, you can also listen to a native speaker. These phrases we've chosen just show one side of...

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2019-10-11upper intermediate

Checking in at the Airport – HSK 4 Reading Practice

In this HSK 4 reading practice we're going to help you with some basic travel Chinese. We'll look at some key phrases that you will likely hear at the airport. Each phrase comes with reading assistance as you need it. You can choose to...

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2019-10-05upper intermediate

I Want a Refund – HSK 4 Reading Practice

In this HSK 4 reading practice we'll practice a few phrases that will help your Chinese listening, reading and writing.

These sentences are part of a longer conversation between a store manager and a customer returning his printer. As you...

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Announcing Du Chinese for the Web

Now you can finally read Du Chinese lessons directly in your browser on our website. Until now, Du Chinese has only been available as an app for iOS and Android, but today we're making it possible to read all of our lessons on the web directly...

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Scholarships for Du Chinese Premium subscribers!

Please note: The application period for the scholarship has ended, and it is no longer possible to apply.

We are proud to offer the chance to win a $1,600 scholarship for students who are interested in attending the Fudan School of Management...

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How to fully immerse when learning Chinese in China

Lena is from Denmark and has been in China for three years. She is working fulltime at LTL Mandarin School while she is filming videos for her YouTube channel Lenaaround.

‘Ni hao ma?’ is a phrase I hear often. It isn’t coming from the Chinese...

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To All Our American Friends... Come To China!

This is an article from one of our partners GoEast. They are a professional Chinese language training school offering superb online classes!

Recently following the election of the new American president, the Canadian immigration website crashed...

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Top 5 Websites To Watch Western TV In China

This is an article from one of our partners GoEast. They are a professional Chinese language training school offering superb online classes!

Many western TV shows are coming back this September! Check out this website made by Chinese fans that...

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Mandarin Self-study: Practice with These 2 Apps

Is it possible to practice Mandarin by yourself, without taking classes or living in China? It could very well be, at least if you are to believe the advocates of input based language learning. Input based language learning consists of listening...

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Could You Please...?

When asking for something in English, you would often use 'can,' 'could,' or 'would.' For example, when ordering food in a restaurant, an English speaker would say 'Could I have a steak?' or 'I would like to...

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Ten Popular Apps the Chinese Use (Part 2)

In our earlier blog post Ten Popular Apps the Chinese Use (Part 1) we introduced 5 well known Chinese apps. Have you tried them out yet?

Here in Part 2, we continue to introduce 5 more apps that we hope you will find useful.

美颜相机 / BeautyCam


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It's Not Karaoke: What You Should Know About Chinese KTV

Okay, maybe it's a little like karaoke...

What is KTV?

Foreigners find Chinese people alike are quite stern and rigid in everyday life, but this all changes when it’s time for KTV! In Mainland China, KTV means having a private room with a...

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Ten Popular Apps the Chinese Use (Part 1)

Do you want to make Chinese friends online, but they don’t use Facebook or Twitter? Do you want to use Google Maps so that you can find your way around, but you can’t access it from China? Do you want to buy something online, but found that the...

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Usages of 那个 Not Found in Textbooks

If someone were to ask you “Do you know how to use 那个?” your answer would probably be ”yes”.
Of course, “那个” is a very common word in Chinese, and everyone who has studied for a while has come across it. A lot of Chinese grammar books will explain...

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Talking about football in Chinese

Do you like to play football? Or perhaps you like to watch football games?
Football is popular in China, and especially among men. Even though the male Chinese football team has not found much successful yet, the Chinese audience enjoys watching...

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Ordering a hamburger in Chinese

Chinese food is great, but sometimes you just want a juicy hamburger. Has this ever happened to you living in China? There is only problem though: how do you order a hamburger in Chinese?

In this post, we give you the complete guide on how to...

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The Duanwu Festival Aka The Dragon Boat Festival

The Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival () is a traditional Chinese holiday occurring on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar (June 9th in 2016). The focus of most celebrations involves eating zongzi ( ), drinking realgar...

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Astrological Signs in Chinese

In China the Chinese zodiac is the most famous, but many young people are interested in the astrological signs as well, so it can be a good topic of conversation when you are making new Chinese friends.

In this blog, we will learn how to ask for...

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Speak Chinese at Shanghai Disneyland

Surely everyone who likes Disney dreams of taking a stroll around Disneyland. But for Chinese people it is not that easy, because there is no Disney resort in mainland China. The closest ones are in Japan and Hong Kong, but Chinese netizens need a...

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Watch Chinese dramas, learn Chinese

Do you like Chinese TV dramas? I believe watching TV is a good way to practice Chinese, because not only is it fun, but you can also learn a lot about the culture.
In this blog, I give my recommendation for a Chinese TV drama high in popularity...

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The Complete Guide to Ordering Coffee in Chinese

Using (I would like a cup of coffee), to order a cup of coffee really isn't sufficient these days. What about the size? Would you like it flavoured? How about the kind of coffee bean? None of this is covered by "我要一杯咖啡". This post...

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The Boat of Friendship

Recently the phrase ”友谊的小船说翻就翻 [yǒu yì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān]”, meaning “The Boat of Friendship Suddenly Tips Over”, went viral in China and spread through WeChat's moments and friend circles. In this lesson, we learn where this...

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Taking Photos

If you travel in China and find a beautiful spot, you might want to take a photo there together with your friends. Sometimes you want to ask someone nearby to help you take a picture. In this lesson we will learn how to do this as well as how to...

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Taking a Taxi in China

Taking a taxi is not as expensive in China as in many Western countries. For example, in Beijing, the 起步价 [qǐ bù jià] (starting price) for a taxi ride is around 14 yuan, and then 2.3 yuan per kilometer. So whenever you want to go somewhere, you...

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Buzzword About Rich in Chinese

We often use “有钱 [yǒu qián]” to describe someone has a lot of money in Chinese. But are there any other words to describe this?
In this lesson, we will learn some popular internet buzzword used to describe the rich and the poor.

高富帅 [gāo fù...

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How to Chat with Chinese using WeChat

Are you familiar with WeChat? WeChat is one of the biggest chat apps in China, currently boasting over 9 billion users. It is used similar to how WhatsApp, Viber, LINE, etc. are used in other countries but with mainly Chinese users, so you can...

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What Emoticons are Popular in China?

Do you use emoticons when you chat with your friends online? What emoticon do you like to use the most?
Emoticon in Chinese is called 表情符号 [biǎo qíng fú hào], or just 表情 [biǎo qíng] for short. You can ask your Chinese friends like this:


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Checking into a Hotel

Can you check into a hotel using only Chinese? In this lesson, we will learn some words and phrases which come in handy when traveling in China.

Check in is called 入住 [rù zhù] in Chinese, so when you enter a hotel you can tell the 前台接待员 [qián tái...

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Discussing the Oscars in Chinese

He finally did it! As you have probably heard, Leonardo DiCaprio was awarded an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant. Congratulations!
Let's grab this opportunity to learn how to talk about the Academy Awards in Chinese!


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2016-02-27upper intermediate

Little Li's recipe: Stir-fried tomato eggs

Do you want to make authentic Chinese food but have trouble reading Chinese recipes? In this lesson we learn some words and classifiers which often appear in recipes, to start our journey on becoming Chinese food experts!

We will learn how to cook...

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Buying things on Taobao

Do you know what the biggest online shopping site in China is?
It's not Amazon or eBay! It's Taobao, or 淘宝网 [táo bǎo wǎng]!
“淘 [táo]” here means “to pan” as in “panning for gold”, and “宝 [bǎo]” means “treasure”. So 淘宝 [táo bǎo] means “...

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How to Buy a Train Ticket in China

Are you taking the train in China and need tickets? Are you unsure how to buy train tickets in China? In this lesson, we will learn all about it.

To purchase a train ticket in Mainland China, you can go to any railway station a maximum of 58 days...

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Chinese New Year Do's And Don'ts

Chinese New Year, also known as 春节 [chūn jié](Spring Festival), is the most important festival in China.

The Chinese New Year is especially important because the Chinese believe that a good start affects the entire year. There are therefore some...

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Would you like some goldfish tea?

In Taiwan, there is a type of tea bag which transforms into the shape of a goldfish when put in hot water. You can see it in action in the video below.

Cute, right? OK, now that we're in a good mood from watching the video, let’s begin today’...

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Ordering Food In Chinese

Do you find it difficult to order food in China? Have you ever had to eat very spicy food just because you didn't know how to express the spiciness you wanted?
In this lesson, we learn how to call for the waiter, specify the spiciness you...

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Learn Chinese With Star Wars

Alright, we might be a bit late to the Star Wars party, but even though “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered last year in the US and other countries, in China it premiered on January 9th this year.
This time, we will learn how to say some...

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Du Chinese for Android Released

Our Chinese reading app Du Chinese which was previously only available for iPhone, is finally out on Android as well!
You can download it from the Google Play Store.
The iOS version is available from the App Store.

About Du Chinese

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Chinese Zodiac - Monkeys Spell Out The Word "Monkey"

2016 is the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is not only popular in China, but also in several other East Asian countries including Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Mongolia. Some of these countries use the...

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2016-01-05upper intermediate

Recommended Chinese Variety Shows

Do you like watching Chinese variety shows?
Watching TV shows can be a great way to improve your Chinese listening skills and learn new words. But sometimes it can be hard to find a show that fits your level of Chinese. In this post we recommend...

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Christmas - 圣诞节

Do Chinese people celebrate Christmas? As you probably know, the biggest holiday in China is during the Lunar New Year, which usually occurs around February. Traditionally, Christmas is not celebrated in China, but lately some young people enjoy...

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Christmas Tree - 圣诞树

This year, the price of a Christmas tree in China is only half of last year’s price. The reason for this appears to be a new policy by the Chinese government, but before we look into that, let’s learn how to say “Big Christmas tree price reduction...

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Top Student Dog - 学霸狗

At Wuhan University there is a very famous and very clever dog. This dog likes to attend class at the University, and can even ride the bus to get there. After class, she enjoys running together with her classmates. She is very well liked by...

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Train - 列车

Do you have trouble hearing what the announcement says when you ride the bullet train in China?

In today's sentence, we learn how to say "Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard this train", which is usually the first sentence in...

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2015-12-21upper intermediate

Hot Water - 热水

Have you ever wondered why they serve hot tea in the Chinese restaurant, even though it's the middle of summer? And have you ever questioned yourself: why do Chinese people all love drinking hot water?

There's not a clear answer to this...

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This is an image of China’s Official train ticket website 12306.cn’s CAPTCHA, with a text saying “find all the pictures containing red wine”. Can you find the correct ones?

12306’s ticket buying CAPTCHA has stumped a lot of people. The CAPTCHA...

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Having A Mistress - 有小三

In Chinese, the word for mistress is 小三. It's a word you'll encounter quite often in magazines and TV shows, so it might be worth remembering.

In today's elementary example, a lady unexpectedly answers the phone when Little Ming calls...

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Choosing a Name - 取名字

How do Chinese parents choose a name for their child?

Some parents like to give their child a name by combining the father and the mother's surnames. This method is actually quite good, but one must be careful to avoid ambiguities that might...

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