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Chengyu (usually four character Chinese idioms) are one of the most fascinating parts of learning Chinese. By learning the story that explains the idiom, you learn language, culture, and history all at the same time. Here are a few interesting chengyu regarding perspective. To Play Music for a Cow 对牛弹琴 Duì niú tán qín View All >

One of the best methods for learning something and retaining it long-term is to put it to music. As the saying goes, “What is learned in song is remembered long.” While this is true for many areas of study, it is particularly true in language learning. Something that can be quite intimidating, when given musical notes and rhythm suddenly seems much more approachable. You might even say that music makes language friendlier. Something utterly foreign when put to a familiar tune gains familiarity. You already know the music which becomes a link to the new vocabulary. View All >

When Learning Chinese is Easy

By Keats Student Anna Ruggs

Whenever I mention that I learn Chinese in China to someone back in America, the response is usually something like, “What a challenge,” or “That sounds hard.” And starting from English or any European/Latin-based language, learning Mandarin in China is a challenge, much more so than starting from a more closely related Asian language anyway.   View All >

Chinese Idioms: Rising to Success

By Keats student Anna

Few areas of Chinese study possess the wealth of cultural and historical insights as the study of chengyu. These four part Chinese idioms are all based on a tale that explains their meanings. These stories are a part of Chinese folklore and culture.   Here are three Chinese idioms about rising to success. May they inspire you to never give up but to rise to success in your study of the Chinese language.   Amaze People with One Song  一鸣惊人 (yī míng jīng rén)   View All >

Chinese Idioms: Horses

By Keats student Anna

Chengyu (four part Chinese idioms) are a fascinating part of the Mandarin Language. Their rich history and colorful tales make them particularly interesting to study. Many chengyu use everyday objects in very unusual ways. The words might be commonplace but when combined into a chengyu they take on an entirely new meaning, one that you must learn the story behind the chengyu to fully understand. Here are a few chengyu that all feature a horse, but develop very different idioms. Calling a Stag a Horse View All >


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