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the top 40 easy characters in mandarin chinese

40 Easy Chinese Characters

Easy Chinese Characters When my non-Chinese-speaker friends saw me writing my diary in Mandarin, they always gasped and thought that I was writing some kind of mysterious and complicated code. Chinese characters, or Hànzì, seem to be one of the hardest parts for many Chinese learners since the complicated strokes and appearances, which are so[…]

Chinese chengyu about tigers

Chinese Chengyu – 虎頭蛇尾

Chinese chengyu – 虎頭蛇尾 Do you know anyone who always starts out big and promising but in the end, it might not be as great as they should be? Perhaps it’s easier to say than done or they just simply lack persistence. The chengyu 虎头蛇尾 (hǔ tóu shé wěi) breaks down tiger (虎 hǔ) head[…]

Chinese chengyu and phrases

Chinese Chengyu – 如虎添翼 – Like adding wings to a tiger

Like adding wings to a tiger ? What is it? The chengyu 如虎添翼 (rú hǔ tiān yì) breaks down into the words: like (如Rú) tiger (虎hǔ) add (添tiān) wings (翼yì). This translates nicely to “like adding wings to a tiger” in English. Now, what does it mean to add wings to a tiger? As you[…]