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Chinese New Year Traditions - Part 2

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Chinese New Year Traditions - Part 2

Happy New Year! 新年快乐! 恭喜发财!Chinese New Year Eve Dinner - is on! It's the last day of the Lunar year, and it is a big day! Traditionally, we would go to the market today and buy some fresh stocks, and the rest of the afternoon is to prepare for the most important meal of the year! 

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What to order in Chinese Restaurants: Top 5 Chinese Dishes!

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What to order in Chinese Restaurants: Top 5 Chinese Dishes!

Sweet and Sour Pork

Nihao! I had so much Chinese food this past weekend... inspires me to talk about what to order in a Chinese restaurant: 

  • Peking (Beijing) Duck: 北京烤鸭 Běijīng Kǎo Yā
  • Sweet and Sour Pork: 糖醋排骨 Táng Cù Pái Gǔ
  • Gong Bao Chicken 宫保鸡丁 Gōng Báo Jī Dīng
  • Xiao Long Bao 小笼包 Xiǎo Lóng Bāo
  • Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐 Má Pó Dòu Fǔ

These are just a quick intro into the amazing Chinese cuisine... Also some of these are my favorite! :)

Hope you will go to try these dishes soon! Enjoy! Hao Chi! (Delicious!)Gong Bao Pecking Duck小笼包

Cheers,

Nikki

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Horse Horse Tiger Tiger? How to say Mediocre in Chinese

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Horse Horse Tiger Tiger? How to say Mediocre in Chinese

How to Say So So in Chinese

Nihao! TGIF! What a week... Just got older yesterday, but gladly I still feel...the same! I had an inspiration about the meaning behind the Chinese sayings yesterday, so today we will talk about some really funny and popular Chinese sayings...

  • So-So: 马马虎虎 Mǎ Mǎ Hū Hū - literally means horse horse tiger tiger. This is from a story about a painter who painted a half horse-half tiger... Since the painting was neither of a horse nor a tiger, nobody bought it. So the meaning  is that if something is “马马虎虎 Mǎ Mǎ Hū Hū”, it is no one thing or another... just mediocre! 
  • It takes time to truly know someone:  Lù Yáo Zhī Mǎ lì, Rì Jiǔ jiàn Rén Xīn 路遥知马力,日久见人心– As distance tests a horse’s strength, so does time reveal a person’s real character.

As you know more about how these phrases are developed, they all make more sense and easier to remember!

Hope you Friday is going well, and the Zhōu Mò (weekend) is off to a great start :)

Cheers,

Nikki

 

 

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Shorty, it's my birthday! Wishing the World a Better Place - How to Say Happy Birthday in Chinese: Shēng Rì Kuài Lè

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Shorty, it's my birthday! Wishing the World a Better Place - How to Say Happy Birthday in Chinese: Shēng Rì Kuài Lè

How to Say Happy Birthday in Chinese

Nihao! Yep, officially getting older today! I am continuing my day as usual but definitely enjoying my special day and all the Facebook wishes! I am wishing the world a better place - Shì Jiè Hé Píng 世界和平! As we get older, the birthdays seem a little less important each year... and I am just so happy about having so many friends in my life :) How to wish Happy Birthday to someone:

  • Shēng Rì Kuài Lè 生日快乐。 生日 means birth/born day. 快乐Kuài Lè means happy, this is usually the
  • Qīng Chuēn Yǒng Zhù 青春永驻. This is another common thing to wish others on their birthdays. This phrase means "Forever Youthful!"
  • Shì Jiè Hé Píng 世界和平means world peace. This is what I am wishing for! Shì Jiè 世界means world, Hé Píng 和平means peace.

Cheers <3

Nikki

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Ebola! Are you worried too?! How to say Healthy in Chinese Jiàn Kāng 健康!

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Ebola! Are you worried too?! How to say Healthy in Chinese Jiàn Kāng 健康!

How to Say Healthy in Chinese

Nihao!The deadly Ebola virus is on the news all over the world...This not only makes me realize how lucky we are not being exposed to this virus, and also hoping the scientists & researchers will find a way to fight this terrible virus!!  Here is how to say Health and Healthy in Chinese:  Jiàn Kāng 健康 Chinese often wishes each other good health in many occasions, such as for birthdays and holidays. This is how it is said:

  • Wish you a long and healthy life. 祝你身体健康 Zhù Nǐ Shēng Tǐ Jiàn Kāng
  • Shēng Tǐ Hǎo 身体好means good health as well - it is less formal.
  • Shēng Tǐ 身体 means health/ body.
  • Zhù Nǐ 祝你 means to wish you...
  • Dà Jiā 大家 means everyone

Wish Everyone a long and healthy life! 祝大家身体健康!  Zhù Dà Jiā Shēng Tǐ Jiàn Kāng!

<3

Nikki

 

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Fancy Sushi! How to say Japanese Food in Chinese: Rì Shì Cān Tīng 日式餐厅

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Fancy Sushi! How to say Japanese Food in Chinese: Rì Shì Cān Tīng 日式餐厅

How to say Japanese Food in Chinese

Nihao! I had a really good lunch at one of my favorite Sushi places "Kata Robata" today for a work birthday celebration. I had a sashimi Bento box, it was YUM (Hǎo Chī 好吃)! Here is how you say Japanese Restaurant: Rì Shì Cān Tīng  日式餐厅. It means Japanese Style Restaurant. Here are some common phrase:

  • Where is a good Japanese restaurant? Hǎo Chī de Rì Shì Cān Tīng Zài Nǎr?  好吃的日式餐厅在哪?
  • Where is..? ...Zài Nǎr?  在哪?"Kata Robata Zài Nǎr?" That means "Where is Kata Robata?"
  • Hǎo Chī 好吃 means delicious. Literally it means Good Eat! This is a very important phrase since we focus a lot on food:)
  • Cān Tīng 餐厅 means restaurants.
  • Shòu Sī 寿司 Sushi (sounds very similar to Chinese). You can probably get away with say Sushi in China and people will understand what you are talking about!

Here is a good write up on the difference between Chinese food and Japanese food: http://strongertogether.coop/food-lifestyle/cooking/chinese-and-japanese-cuisine/

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How do you say Car in Chinese? 汽车Qì Chē

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How do you say Car in Chinese? 汽车Qì Chē

How to Say Car in Chinese

NIhao 你好!Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! This past weekend (Zhōu Mò) I spent a few hours test driving cars in a local dealership with friends (Péng Yǒu). The place was crazy! There are so many people and too little help from the sales team... I am just glad it was not me who was buying a car! The car shopping experience inspired me with the word: Car, Qì Chē - which means gas car.

  1. My car is red. Wǒ De Qì Chē Shì Hóng Sè. 我的汽车是红色。
  • My: Wǒ De 我的
  • Is: Shì 是
  • Red Color: Hóng Sè 红色

2. My friend wants to buy a car. Wǒ De Péng Yǒu Yào Mǎi Chē. 我的朋友要买车。

  • Friend: Péng Yǒu 朋友
  • Will/ Want: Yào 要
  • Buy: Mǎi 买 - this is an IMPORTANT word - you can use it as I want to buy....  Wǒ Yào Mǎi...

Best luck to anyone who is looking into buying a car! And hopefully one day it will be much easier since we will only be buying Google's self-driven cars!

Xiexie

Nikki

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Flooding in Htown :o How to Say Flooding in Chinese 淹水 Yān Shuǐ

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Flooding in Htown :o How to Say Flooding in Chinese 淹水 Yān Shuǐ

How to say Flooding in Chinese

Nihao Houston! TGIF! We had a crazy storm last night here in Htown, and look at what it has done to my girl friend's apartment's parking structure... hope all the troubles are sorted out soon! How to Say Flooding in Chinese

  1. It is flooding in Houston today. Jīn Tiān Zài Houston Yān Shuǐ. 今天在Houston淹水
  • To expand on this:
  • Jīn Tiān means Today. Time is always the FIRST thing you say in Chinese. Why? We do not have past tense in Chinese! Amazing, right? Since we do not have past tense, we need to be very clear on stating the time in the very beginning. For example, Yesterday I go to my friend's house. Since you established the event took place yesterday, you do not need to change the tense of the verb.
  • Shuǐ 水 - Water.
  • Hē Shuǐ. 喝水。To drink water, and in Chinese we do not say "eating soup", but we say drinking soup - for example: Hē Tāng 喝汤.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend, and I am definitely going to get some hurricane supplies! Nikki

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Where are my Chicken Nuggets?! How to Say Chicken Nuggets in Chinese 鸡块 Jī Kuài

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Where are my Chicken Nuggets?! How to Say Chicken Nuggets in Chinese 鸡块 Jī Kuài

How to say chicken nugget in Chinese

Nihao! Food safety has been a big deal in Asia recently. The most recent scandal has affected people in several countries, also affected McDonald's and Yum brands stocks... I really hope the government will be more proactive on the measures on food suppliers and QA, so everyone can eat/ drink safely!

The news of chicken nuggets sales being halted has inspired me on today's word:  Jī Kuài 鸡块, which means chicken chucks.

Here is the breakdown:

  1. Chicken (animal): Jī. 鸡
  2. Chicken Meat: Jī Ròu. 鸡肉
  3. I like (eating) chicken nuggets. Wǒ Xǐ Huān Chī Jī Kuài. 我喜欢吃鸡块.
  4. Chucks: Kuài. 块

Let's enjoy the safe McNuggets (and most food products) in the United States :) Thanks USDA!

Nikki

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