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Which friend? Elementary

ElijahW You'll definitely run into it. It happened to me just a couple weeks ago: I was at a dumpling-making activity for Chinese New Year, and I told one of the hosts that we were almost out of filling - xiànr (馅儿). The poor guy did a double take, not quite su...

China's 1st and 2nd Tier Cities Pre Intermediate

234396144 no didn't,  I forgot to do that 

Are reserved seats REALLY reserved? 坐立不安──高铁霸坐 Advanced

ElijahW 什么样的课呢?可以举个例子吗?

Blaming Your Partner in Chinese Intermediate

ElijahW Sounds like he's a part of the 月光族 - spends his entire salary every month. So if the paycheck is a day late, he's toast!

太过分了(太...了) Pre Intermediate

A222222 I agree, these two recent pre intermediate lessons are the most useful lessons since the Fiona team left. More of this style please, thank you! Perhaps you could try doing the intermediate lessons this way too? I'm still not a fan of the changing camera angles...

2018 Google Most Searched News Intermediate

marcojane Thank you, thank you.  Thank you for finally adding another Intermediate lesson.  Keep them coming. That being said, I totally agree with SCHG (first commentator).  This lesson is way too difficult for Intermediate level.   It is beyon...

Living in two cities 披星戴月──双城生活 Media

earls Vocabulary Tab: 赫然  -- the audio is not working

New E-commerce rules in China 有章可循-代购电商法实施 Media

earls Vocabulary Tab: 意味着  the audio is not working

More harm than good? 饮鸩止渴—咖啡不能停 Upper Intermediate

234396144 Thanks for the information! 

How thin is too thin? 适可而止──老人养生别太瘦 Media

ElijahW This seems to be a common comment lately. :(

ATWTI 3: Asking Questions Politely Newbie

880931075 feels so fast ahhh thank baby jesus for replay

How to Say Hello Newbie

472319506 Yes, thanks.

University Major: Part 1 Newbie

ElijahW Chéngwéi means "to become," whereas dāng means "to be." They're similar, but chéngwéi tends to emphasize change, whereas dāng just refers to the way things are. If you're a lawyer, and you want to do a career change t...

Swapping Zodiac Signs Intermediate

ElijahW Full transcripts of an entire lesson are rarely offered. The focus of a lesson is the dialogue itself (and there is a full transcript). Any Chinese discussion in the "Full Lesson" is there to challenge a student's listening ability. As a student's ability and ...

66 Enjoyable Characters with Joy #3 Newbie

ElijahW The tone doesn't bother me personally - I've grown pretty thick skin over the years - but I do think Joan has a point. It's a problem I've seen often, and it goes both ways. I've seen frustrated English teachers talking to Chinese college students like they're...

How Cold Is It in Winter? Elementary

132057517 why is the structure different for "ting leng" and "leng ji le"? Are they different parts of a sentence or is that just in the phrasing of this example? Does one ever say "leng ting le" or ji leng"?

I Like Those Sweet Kind of Things Elementary

ElijahW I did some looking on Baidu, and I'm seeing both. Doing an image search with each term brings up different results - 蔓越莓 brings up images of the fresh fruit, whereas 蔓越梅 brings up images of dried pieces, especially in cookies or biscuits. So, no rea...

I want to play Elementary

mymandarincorner Thank you. 

Online Shopping 网上购物 Intermediate

jasonuk I agree mainly with point number two. Remove all unrelated English. Or even better still use Chinese instead. English should be kept to a bare minimum at intermediate. And the only other thing is the camera angles changing all the time. They are just creating ...

How To Say: Come Out / Come In Elementary

myna27x good to know that you really respond to requests and update materials accordingly! thanks!