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Posted on: Where are you from?
June 10, 2011, 03:15 PM

I just bookmarked the lesson and accessed it in my dashboard. It was the right lesson. Would it be possible for you to post a screen shot?

Very glad to hear that you like the site. Enjoy learning!

Posted on: Chinese Tea
April 12, 2010, 03:38 AM

Baidu Baike has a good introduction in Chinese

Posted on: F1 in China
September 19, 2008, 02:00 AM

via Wikipedia and Google maps
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Posted on: Lo and La (咯 & 啦)
May 27, 2008, 08:08 AM

what's 语气词 (yǔqìcí) series?

Posted on: Hungry Traveler: Hunan
May 08, 2008, 03:14 AM

Props should be given to the Canadian TV show 'The Thirsty Traveler' for inspiration.

Posted on: Transferring a Call
June 20, 2007, 01:12 AM

Ronny, The Fix is Dave's latest contribution. You can also get it automatically delivered by subscribing in 'Your Feed'. More info here:

Posted on: Capital Punishment
April 25, 2007, 02:55 AM

Madeleine, Connie's supplementary vocabulary is now under the Vocabulary tab above. This way these words can also be saved to the Vocabulary Lists and then be used in the Flashcards, Concentration Game, etc.

Posted on: Wireless Internet
April 22, 2007, 01:01 AM

Router is 路由器 (lu4you2qi4). Add a 无线 (wu2xian4) to the front for wireless router.

Posted on: Shut up!
April 21, 2007, 11:32 PM


Welcome! The text for the lesson can be found (a) in the PDF download on the left, (b) in the Dialogue tab at the top of the page, (c) in the ID3 tags of the MP3 file itself - the public feed contains only the Chinese script, but the private feed for paid members contains Chinese, pinyin and English.


We were always producing 7 lessons a week across the WWW and ZH sites. Now that we have combined them, it just seemed to make sense to stagger the lessons and do one a day. New Chinese lessons every day of the year now. Four changes you can expect early next week: (a) link fix from PDF to the text file, (b) check boxes rather than radio buttons in the Your Feed so that you can get all the lesson supplementary files, (c) a fix to the double-post comment issue and (d) David will launch our first 'Labs' project, a plug-in that will allow viewing of all lesson simplified Chinese in traditional Chinese format.


Ken and Jenny were the hosts for this lesson. John deserves a lot of credit too, for putting all the lessons together. You can see more information about all the hosts on the About Us page.

Posted on: Shut up!
April 21, 2007, 08:06 AM

via Wikipedia ( "As a Mandarin slang term, 250 (二百五 pinyin èrbǎiwǔ) is an insult meaning "stupid person" or "simpleton". The expression is based on bàndiàozi (半弔子 or 半吊子). In ancient China, copper coins were grouped by stringing them together through the square holes in the center; originally 1000 was a unit of currency called a diao. Ban diao zi literally means half a diao (500 coins), which is a slang term referring to a person who is inadequate in skills or mental abilities. Since modest Chinese scholars may call themselves ban diao zi to humbly deprecate their own expertise, ban diao zi is not necessarily a pejorative term. On the other hand, Er bai wu (250) is half of a ban diao zi and it is an insult."