Jump to content


Welcome to Chinese-forums.com


Since 2003 we've been helping people learn Chinese, study and work in China, find Chinese books, movies or music. We are active, friendly and helpful. Check out recent and popular posts on the home page, see the full forums listing or sign up for free now.

Member quotes:

"This forum is a goldmine of information, and I'm so glad it's here!"
"...the kindest, most interesting and most useful help."
"...a godsend!"

Latest Blogs


Popular Posts

Latest Posts


Site Sponsors

Pleco for iPhone / Android
iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Learn Chinese in Kunming
1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Mandarin in Beijing
Tailored, intensive classes from professional teachers, for real results. Business Chinese.
Learn Chinese in China
Learn to speak Chinese 1MonthChinese.com -Mandarin School in China.
Learn Chinese Characters
Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with Unique Flash Card System
Popup Chinese Translator
Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.


Massage 按摩, 推拿 etc

Silent - 17 minutes ago in Society

I'ld like to know what kind of chinese massages there are and the differences and purposes of these massages.   I know several people with TCM knowledge are hanging around these forums so maybe someone can give a short lecture about the different chinese massages? A link to a good explanation will do too of course but I was unable to find it. Search results were cluttered with all kinds of (dubious) massage parlours (so at least I know where to try them out:))
Latest of 1 replies by abcdefg at A minute ago.

Best authentic video sources for beginners

victorhart - Today, 12:13 AM in Speaking and Listening Skills

What authentic video sources (movies, shows, cartoons, children's shows, and anything else made for a Chinese audience) have you found that are good for Mandarin language acquisition for beginners? I am conducting a language acquisition experiment based on watching authentic videos in Mandarin, which you can read about at www.mandarinexperiment.com. The best source I have found thus far, in terms of ease of acquisition, is Qiao Hu. Here is a great example. For instance, you can easily learn the names of various...
Latest of 3 replies by victorhart at Today, 06:15 AM.

Most commonly used word for "astrology"

Demonic_Duck - Yesterday, 11:36 PM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

I'm wondering what the most commonly used word for "astrology" is, referring to the belief that the month of your birth determines details such as your personality, your favourite fruit, your lovemaking ability and the colour of your poop. It seems that the most commonly used word when talking about astrology is simply 星座 (star sign), but that doesn't encompass the whole belief system. I tried 占星学/占星术 but found it wasn't immediately understood and was considered to be too 专业.   As a side note, I'd also be i...
Latest of 2 replies by Nathan Mao at Today, 12:49 AM.

Virtual immersion

hedwards - Yesterday, 05:40 AM in General Study Advice and Discussion

Hi all. I did a quick search and I didn't see any discussions on this, and I think it's about time.   Anyways, for those not familiar, virtual immersion is essentially a repurposing of that common ex-pat practice of spending time only amongst foreigners in bars and restaurants that replicate back home, then wondering why the language studies aren't going anywhere. If you've spent time away from your home country, you probably know what I'm talking about.   Virtual immersion is in some ways better than...
Latest of 11 replies by Olle Linge at Today, 08:42 AM.

Where do Chinese ex pats hang out?

miaomiao - Apr 19 2014 09:03 PM in Society

I've been perusing this site for several weeks. Its great. A good resource for adults learning Chinese. However, I would like to find a place where Chinese people outside of China hang out, specifically Chinese people with kids. Being Chinese and raising kids outside of China is unique and I would like to find a group of others similar to myself. Anyone have any ideas where I might go?
Latest of 20 replies by scoff at Today, 06:51 AM.

Dalian: universities and programs (language ​​/ business), a feedback?

MichaelC - Apr 19 2014 05:49 PM in Dalian

Hello everyone, let me open this discussion because I plan to go study in Dalian. I saw on the website Cucas that there are several universities offering degree programs in Chinese language or Business Chinese. I have an intermediate level of Chinese. I lack knowledge about programs and their qualities. I'd like to know your experience in university in Dalian on the type of course, number of hours per week, the progress you have accomplished, life on campus (housing, food). Thank you.
Latest of 1 replies by simpleasy at Yesterday, 10:09 PM.

Developing motor skills for handwriting

imron - Apr 19 2014 01:55 PM in Reading and Writing Skills

Split from here.   But, I suspect that Hanzi grids or a proper lined grid would probably be better for practicing penmanship than just visualizing it. It depends what your final goal is. Visualisation works great for recognition, however for actual handwriting there are also fine motor skills involved that you need to practice if you don't want your handwriting to look like a child's. There is no substitute for physical writing if you want to develop those motor skills.
Latest of 7 replies by OneEye at Today, 07:42 AM.

Chinese learning via ping-pong

querido - Apr 19 2014 07:16 AM in Resources for Studying Chinese

I have acquired another family of Cantonese speaking friends. How lucky I am! This time it started at the local ping-pong club. My city is of modest size but there are three clubs that I know of and lots of Chinese players.    Starting at ITTF.com (International Table Tennis Federation) you can look for your national organization here and hopefully find a local club.   Fits in with that "exercise is good for learning" thread too.  :-)
Latest of 5 replies by muirm at Today, 01:46 PM.

More proof reading

Rowan - Apr 18 2014 05:12 PM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and Patterns

I have some more sentences and I am unsure of whether or not I have done them right. If anyone has the spare time some help would be appreciated.      Oh, no. How embarrassing. I wrote your name incorrectly. 哎呀, 真不好意思.. 我把你的名字写得错了. This morning I got up very early and it was still dark; I couldn't see anything. 今天早晨我起来得早, 天还很黑. 清楚. According to what that dentist said, you had better not drink hot soup. 照哪个呀医说的最好别喝热汤 Yesterday I invited a relative to have lobster at a...
Latest of 13 replies by Vivi MENG at Today, 06:36 AM.

Mandarin radio stations

hedwards - Apr 18 2014 11:52 AM in Speaking and Listening Skills

你好, Does anybody have a recommended online radio station? I've been listening through tunein.com and audials.com, but I'm having a hard time finding a station that's reliably there.   I'm working on building up a virtual immersion environment.   谢谢
Latest of 5 replies by hedwards at Apr 19 2014 08:25 AM.