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Greetings in Chinese - Using the Correct Terms at the Correct Time

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大家好!又在这里见面了。历史上罕见的暴风雪正在席卷美国东北部。注意安全和保暖噢! (dà jiā hǎo !yòu zài zhè lǐ jiàn miàn le 。lì shǐ shàng hǎn jiàn de bào fēng xuě zhèng zài xí juàn měi guó dōng běi bù 。zhù yì ān quán hé bǎo nuǎn ō !) How are you, everybody. Today we talk about how to greet in Chinese on different occasions. The above is a good example when you meet a group of people who you don't know personally or very well. Let me explain. 大家好。Hello/hi everybody. This is a common greeting to a group of people instead ...

Kansai Dialect Dictionary

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When I was in Japan during the summer of 2010 and 2012, I got to travel to multiple cities all over the country. As much as I liked the famous city of Tokyo, what really captured my heart was the Kansai area. Not only is it home to ancient landmarks of Japan and delicious food, its dialect is what makes this western region stand out. Kansai dialect (known as "Kansai-ben" in Japanese) is a Japanese dialect mostly used in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Mie, Wakayama, and Shiga. This dialect ...

Learning Japanese Particles - "に"

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Welcome back! This is the third article in my series on Japanese language particles. The goal of these articles is to look at Japanese particles from a birds-eye perspective; that is, to look at their general functions and uses and how theirs differ from other particles. In the first article, we looked at the topic-marking particle は wa (written with the hiragana character for “ha”). In the second article, we looked at the subject-marking particle が ga. If you jumping into the series midway, ...

Taking A Taxi In China - Vocab and Key Phrases

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While riding from point A to point B in a taxi, you will spend roughly 20% of the time actually driving. For the rest of the time in a cab, you’ll spend, 15% beeping the horn, 40% changing lanes, 15% driving on the sidewalk, and 10% driving in the wrong lane. This is just one of the many jokes about Chinese taxi drivers. But with more and more cars on the road and stricter traffic laws, the majority of taxi drivers today try to drive following local laws. So please sit back in your next ...

8.14.2015 Special Holiday Declared in South Korea

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As you may all know already, this year South Korea celebrates the 70th National Liberation Day (in Korean, 광복절) on Saturday, August 15th 2015.  But it falls on weekend that Korean government decided to declare friday, August 14th, 2015 as one time special holiday (in Korean, 임시공휴일) to observe a day inlieu as well as to boost the economy. There are mixed reactions to this declaration, but the majority of Korean citizens is welcoming an extra day-off. The government expects about 1.3 million ...

Chinese Dialects...Explained!

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Hello, everyone! Thank you for following our blog and your interest in Chinese language and culture. In an earlier article, I mentioned that in China there is a large variety of dialects方言(fāng yán). Today we dig deeper into the dialects of China, how many of them there actually are and also how different each one can be. The Chinese language has both spoken and written forms. Written Chinese has evolved in three stages, Classical Chinese古文(gǔ wén), Literary Chinese文言文(wén yán wén) and ...

Mandarin or Cantonese? - Neither

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Whenever you find out a person's ethnic to be Chinese, the instant question that arises is "Mandarin or Cantonese?" "Neither, I'm Fujianese." There are so many different languages in China that it can actually sum up to hundreds. Having different languages also means having different family cultures. I, myself, have grown up very differently from other friends in Chinatown (even though we grow up in the same neighborhood). After Chinese New Year, me and my friends always had a ...

Honorific Speech in Japanese - Kenjougo (謙譲語)

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Welcome to this other page! This article is devoted to Japanese humble language, kenjougo 謙譲語. In English, there isn't a way to humbly express an action unless you say 'I humbly...'. You use this speech when referring to yourself or inner circle, like family and close friends. When using kenjougo you are belittling yourself in order to automatically raise the person with whom you are speaking. However, this is only true if you are speaking with someone in a higher position than you. When ...

Key Beginner Phrases for Speaking Thai

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We have many students learning Thai with us in our classrooms. Here are the top 10 phrases we teach students so they can communicate in Thai with their classmates, teacher, and most importantly people in their lives:

8.14.2015 Special Holiday Declared in South Korea

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As you may all know already, this year South Korea celebrates the 70th National Liberation Day (in Korean, 광복절) on Saturday, August 15th 2015.  But it falls on weekend that Korean government decided to declare friday, August 14th, 2015 as one time special holiday (in Korean, 임시공휴일) to observe a day inlieu as well as to boost the economy. There are mixed reactions to this declaration, but the majority of Korean citizens is welcoming an extra day-off. The government expects about 1.3 million ...

Introduction to Learning Japanese Kanji

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Learning Kanji can be a daunting task. There are about 1,000 – 2,000 Kanji that are necessary to learn in order to be able to read newspapers, street signs, and menus in Japanese. With all these Kanji characters, it’s important to know the most effective order for learning them. In this article we’ll explain how to start learning Kanji, and give you the very first beginning Kanji.

The Revered Chinese Calendar

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大家好!(I feel great to be here again!) This is the second article on the Chinese New Year series. In the last article, we learned how to greet Chinese during the New Year and how to appreciate the Spring Couplets. Today we will look at the Chinese calendar, which is more in tune with the natural rhythm of the universe and the earth compared to the regular calendar. We will mainly talk about the Chinese numerals and the Solar terms, the 24 points in the Chinese calendar that match particular ...

TOPIK Info - New York November 2017

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Here are the guidelines for the TOPIK 2017 that will be held in New York in November. We received this information from the Korean Consulate of New York: Application Period: August 2 ~ September 13, 2017 (Weekdays 09:00∼17:00) Application mailing address: Korean Education Center in New York (460 Park Ave. 9th Fl., New York, NY 10022) The application is submitted by mail and in person, arrive it by September 13th. Test fee: $20.00 (cash or check (pay to the order of KOREAN ...

Premium Friday

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A little over a month ago Japan began a new public-private initiative called Premium Friday (aka プレミアムフライデー or プレ金) as part of ongoing labor reform efforts from the government.  This monthly event will take ...

KPOP Star Hyuna Launching Her First North American Tour In New York City!

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Korean Pop Star, Hyuna (Hyun A Kim), is launching her very first North American Tour starting in New York City! She was a lead member of a group 4MINUTE and featured in the Gangnam Style music video, sung by Psy. Her hit songs are Red, Bubble Pop, Roll Deep, etc. Don’t miss out on her performance!     When: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:00pm Where: The Town Hall Ticket for sale: http://thetownhall.org/event/hyuna Youtube (Gangnam Style): ...

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