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Advanced | 文成公主入藏 | Princess Wencheng In Tibet | Mandarin Chinese Story
#141
Last Saturday at 4:00 PM

The story of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng is not only familiar to Chinese people, but also to many foreign friends. People would like to think of their marriage as a fairy tale story, but it might not be the case. However it laid the foundation for the communication between Tibet and the Central Plains. In today’s story, we are going to look at the signficance of this historical event and what is the true identity of Wencheng Princess. 

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Beginner | 中国迷 | A Chinese Fan | Mandarin Chinese Story
#139
Last Saturday at 4:00 PM

For some people, the main motivation to learn a foreign language may be the interests in a country's culture. In today’s story, we are going to meet an English teacher who is working in Shanghai. He made a plan for his vacation in Beijing and Xi’an. He is a big fan of Chinese culture. 

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Intermediate | 平安是福 | Peace And Safe Are Blessing | Mandarin Chinese Story
#140
Last Saturday at 4:00 PM

In Chinese people’s perception, peace and safe has significant value. There are many blessing phrases related to peace and safe. Also, there are several things had become the symbols to represent peace and safe. In today’s story, we are going to take a look at what did people use to express the blessing of peace and safe during ancient time. 

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Intermediate | “猴年马月”是什么时候? | When Is“The Horse Month Of The Monkey Year”? | Mandarin Chinese Story
#137
07/17/2021

There are many idioms in Chinese associated with animals, such as monkeys, dogs, chicks, and tigers etc. To look at the words, it is hard to guess the meaning. In today’s story, we are going to learn an idiom, called “the horse month of the monkey year”. In addition to the actual meaning of the idiom, we are also going to discuss the relations between horse and monkey in Chinese culture. 

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Beginner | 看好自己的东西 | Keep An Eye On Your Belongings | Mandarin Chinese Story
#136
07/17/2021

Since the invention of the smartphone, for some of us, we've spent far more time looking at our phones than we've ever looked at anything else. We all know that we should not spend too much time on it. In today’s story, our protagonist recounted a frightening experience of her. It reminds us why we should not always look at the phone while we are outside. 

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Advanced | 组团北上的亚洲象群 | A Group of Asian Elephants Travel To The North | Mandarin Chinese Story
#138
07/17/2021

In mid of April, a group of Asian elephant has “ran away” from their original habitat in Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve and started to head to north. It is a very unusual incident for Asian elephants to move from south to north, therefore, it has attracted great attention from public. In today’s story, we are going to look at what happened for the elephants and the neighborhood along the way they are travelling and discuss what the possible reasons are caused the elephants to leave their “hometown”. 

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Intermediate | “先生“的意思和用法 | The Meaning And Use Of The Word "Sir" | Mandarin Chinese Story
#134
07/10/2021

Nowadays, the meaning of word “sir” is quite straightforward to us and it is also a basic word for our daily communication. However, the original meaning of this word is different to what we perceive today. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the meanings and the use of the word from ancient to modern times. 

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Advanced | 中国的养老产业 | China's Elderly Services Industry | Mandarin Chinese Story
#135
07/10/2021

As China enters the aging society, the large population base obviously forms a huge market, and without any doubt that this market has great potential for growth. However, for the elderly service industry, there are limited companies able to enter the market. In today’s story, we are going to discuss how is the market segmented and why there are limited players in this specific market. 

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Beginner | 我的理想(一段对话) | My Ideal (A Conversation) | Mandarin Chinese Story
#133
07/10/2021

When we were a child, we may not have known the meaning of ideal, but that doesn’t stop us from imaging what we would like to do when we grow up. In today’s story, we are going to listen to a conversation between a mother and her daughter regarding to the topic of ideal. We will see that from the little girl’s point of view, her ideal is quite interesting and realistic. 

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Intermediate | 商人的由来 | The Origin Of The Merchant | Mandarin Chinese Story
#131
07/03/2021

In Chinese, there are many terms that are related to business contain the character of “Shāng”. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the origin of the merchant in Chinese history. We will see that there is a reason for these words contains the character of “Shāng”.

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Beginner | 我们家的五口人 | There Are Five People In My Family | Mandarin Chinese Story
#130
07/03/2021

In a typical Chinese family, there are usually three generations, grandparents, parents and the children. In today’s story, our protagonist introduced his family members to us. We will see that his family is an ordinary and typical Chinese family, also quite interesting one. 

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Advanced | 孟子思想的影响力 | The Influence Of Mencius' Theory | Mandarin Chinese Story
#132
07/03/2021

Mencius was one of the most famous philosophers in Chinese history. He has developed many theories in the field of education and social politics etc. In today’s story, we are going to discuss a famous saying of Mencius-- the people are more important than the ruler. It not only had a profound influence in ancient times, but also became a theoretical basis for China to absorb democratic thoughts in modern times. 

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Intermediate | 找到真爱 | Find True Love | Mandarin Chinese Story
#128
06/26/2021

To many people, the topic of true love sounds a little old-fashioned since people have become more rational towards relationship. However, it is undeniable that true love still exists in reality. In today’s story, we are going to discuss how to define true love and how could we find true love. 

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Advanced | 中国出台三胎政策以应对社会老龄化 | China Has Introduced The Three-Child Policy To Deal With An Aging Society | Mandarin Chinese Story
#129
06/26/2021

Several years ago, when China introduced the two-child policy, the birth rate for second child has increased considerablly. It has a positive impact on solving the Chinese aging population issue. Last month, when Chinese government introduced the three-child policy, it has caused a hot discussion in some of the Chinese social media platforms and many people believe this time, the new policy might not has the same impact as last time when the two-child policy introduced. In today’s story, let’s take a look at why the launch of this new polcy requires many other initatives to suuport it. ...


Beginner | 我没有放弃 | I Am Not Giving Up | Mandarin Chinese Story
#127
06/26/2021

During an exam, we always try to write as much as we can on the exam paper in order to achieve high scores. Therefore, the exam timing could be very tight. In today’s story, our protagonist Xiao Wen had an exam at school. He was also trying to figure out what he should write on the paper when there were only few minutes left before the exam is over. 

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Intermediate | 父亲节 | Father's Day | Mandarin Chinese Story
#125
06/19/2021

Today is Father’s Day, many country celebrate it in the same day. However, there are countries celebrate Father’s Day at different dates. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the origin of Chinese Father’s Day, and also going to look at how Chinese people celebrate the Father’s Day nowadays. 

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Advanced | “关中”地区的历史地位 | The Historical Position Of "Guanzhong " Region | Mandarin Chinese Story
#126
06/19/2021

Speaking of “Guanzhong” region, many people may mistake it with “Guangzhou”, the latter is much well-known by foreigners nowadays. But they are two different regions and far away from each other. Guanzhong region indicates the region of Xi’an and surrounding areas nowadays and there were 13 dynasties built their capital in this region. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the significance of “Guanzhong” from historical and geographic point of view. It will help us to understand why those 13 dynasties choose the same place to build their capital. 

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Beginner | 买一个新手机 | Buy A New Phone | Mandarin Chinese Story
#124
06/19/2021

It is quite normal that when a person reaches to certain age, when he or she does not have a girl friend or boyfriend, their relatives or friends would persuade and encourage them to go for some blind dates. In today’s story, our protagonist has finally met someone he thinks attractive, Let’s take a look what happened afterwards. 

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Advanced | 人民币上的文字 | The Characters On The Ren Min Bi (RMB) | Mandarin Chinese Story
#123
06/12/2021

The development of character has gone through a long history of evolution. In China, there are many ethnic minorities and some of them have their unique written characters and speaking languages. In today’s story, we are going to look at the characters on the Chinese paper currency, which involved several minority scripts besides the standard Chinese character. It is interesting to see all of them reflect the history of character’s evolution and dissemination. 

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Beginner | 这里变化真大 | There's A Lot Of Changes Here | Mandarin Chinese Story
#121
06/12/2021

With the rapid development of cities, sometimes we find that we seem in a different place, although the place we were really familiar with in the past. In today’s story, our protagonist visited a place where he had been there for many times. He found that he could this place has changed a lot and he could hardly recognize. 

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Intermediate | “哈“字的用法 | The Use Of The Word "Ha" In Chinese | Mandarin Chinese Story
#122
06/12/2021

The word of “ha” in Chinese has a few of different meanings and could be used in different circumstances. In today’s story, we are going to look at the use of “ha” as a modal particle word. We will see that it really makes some differences with or without using this word.

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Beginner | 6月的天,孩子的脸 | The Weather Of June, The Child's Face | Mandarin Chinese Story
#118
06/05/2021

In Chinese, there are many linguistic forms, such as set phrases, proverbs, sayings, and two-part allegorical saying etc. In today’s story, we are going to learn a phrase that describes the weather by using a special linguistic form.

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Beginner | 北方的地名与南方的地名 | The Names of Places In South And North China | Mandarin Chinese Story
#119
06/05/2021

For people who have been to China, they may find the names of some places in north China sound a bit strange and funny and the place’s names in south sound poetic. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the differences between the names of places in south and north china and the reasons behind the differences. 

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Beginner | 城市露营—旅游新体验 | Urban Camping - A New Travel Experience | Mandarin Chinese Story
#120
06/05/2021

In many people’s perception, the conditions of camping tours are very rudimentary. Due to the epidemic of COVID-19, people couldn’t travel really far away from where they are living and they want to enjoy the wildness as well as quality accommodations, therefore, a new way of camping has been developed among Chinese people-luxury camping. In today’s story, we are going to discuss what is luxury camping, its impact on the environment and how it impact on people’s life. 

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Beginner | 别和自己过不去(一段对话) | Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself (A Conversation) | Mandarin Chinese Story
#115
05/29/2021

When we learn a language, we always try to pronounce the words as accurate as possible. However, it is not easy at all, even native speakers could find some difficulties to pronounce the words in a 100% accurate way. In today’s story, we are going to hear a conversation between David and Xiaohong about speaking Putonghua with accurate pronunciation. Xiaohong is a native Chinese speaker. Let’s see why Xiaohong advised David not to be too strict with him on the pronunciation.

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Advanced | 括号里的心声 | The Voice In The Brackets | Mandarin Chinese Story
#117
05/29/2021

In the era of Internet, all kinds of new words and expressions emerge one after another. Most of them are quite creative and there would always be some reasons behind the creation of words. In today’s story, we are going to look at a new way of expression that is quite interesting, it often reflects two different meanings in one sentence and therefore, the form of the expression is different compared with other structure of sentences. Let’s take a look what it is. 

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Intermediate | 梁山伯与祝英台 | Liang Shanbo And Zhu Yingtai | Mandarin Chinese Story
#116
05/29/2021

In every country, there are beautiful and moving stories about love, and even if some of the stories are sad, they are unforgettable and passed down for many years. Today, we are going to hear a beautiful love story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Their faithful and loyal love story is one of the most popular dramas on stage for Chinese people. You might have heard of the violin concerto "Butterfly Lovers" before, if you haven’t heard it before, we definitely recommend you to do. 

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Beginner | 山路难走 | It Is Difficult To Walk Along Mountain Road | Mandarin Chinese Story
#112
05/22/2021

Mountain climbing has become a quite popular leisure activity nowadays. Some mountains are easy to climb and some are difficult. In today’s story, we are going to see that our protagonist went for mountain climbing with his friends. Although it is not an easy one to climb, luckily they have some advantage on their side. 

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Advanced | 如何让友谊更长久? | How To Make Friendships Last Longer? | Mandarin Chinese Story
#114
05/22/2021

Speaking of friendship, the perception towards it is varied among people. It is intangible and hard to measure, therefore, people do believe it is important for everyone, but normally we don’t have clear idea to describe it. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the topic of friendship from scientific point of view and take a look how to make our friendship sustainable. 

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Intermediate | “节俭”的家长 | "Frugal" Parents | Mandarin Chinese Story
#113
05/22/2021

For people who had been through tough time with shortage of food and other supplies, it is understandable that they could be very frugal. In fact, frugal is definitely something should be encouraged, but under some conditions. In today’s story, our protagonist tells that why she felt that sometimes frugality with the wrong perception can also lead to waste.

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Advanced | 公募基金成为中国年轻人的投资新选择 | Public Offering Of Fund Have Become A New Investment Choice For Young Chinese | Mandarin Chinese Story
#111
05/15/2021

5 years ago, the stock market is the main investment channel for Chinese people in general. The trend has changed in recent years and public offering of fund become very popular among Chinese investors, especially for young people. However, when people invest their money into the market without any knowledge and experience, it is something really should be concerned. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the trend of Chinese market fund investment in recent years. 

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Beginner | 我要安静地休息一会儿 | I Need To Stay Alone And Take A Rest For A While | Mandarin Chinese Story
#109
05/15/2021

When we go hiking with friends, it could be a fun experience, and make us feeling relax and enjoyable. However, in today’s story, our protagonist finds some problems to complete the trip. Let’s take a look why she felt that she wanted to stay alone for a while. 

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Intermediate | 微信语音的使用 | The Use of Voice Messages Of WeChat | Mandarin Chinese Story
#110
05/15/2021

Wechat is a very popular application for Chinese people’s daily communication. The development of voice message function seems to be very convenient for people who are not convenient to type messages. However, some people also find it would be very inconvenient to listen to voice messages from the receiver’s point of view. Let’s take a look what are the pros and cons for the voice message function. 

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Beginner | 北京植物园 | Beijing Botanical Garden | Mandarin Chinese Story
#106
05/08/2021

Beijing Botanical Garden is a unique tourism site in Beijing in addition to those famous historical sites. In today’s story, we are going to take a walk in the garden and find out why it has become a unique site for tourists. 

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Advanced | 中国的母亲节 | Mother's Day In China | Mandarin Chinese Story
#108
05/08/2021

Today is Mother’s Day, which is celebrated internationally. But not many people know that there is also a Chinese Mother’s Day since 2006. In today’s story, we are going to discuss how Chinese people celebrate the international Mother’s Day, and the creation of Chinese Mother’s Day. 

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Intermediate | 饥饿让人聪明 | Hunger Makes People Smart | Mandarin Chinese Story
#107
05/08/2021

In our perception, when we feel hungry, we may find it is hard to concentrate on a task and eager to find something to eat. However, scientists find something interesting—hunger actually could make people smarter, of course, the feeling should not exceed a certain level. In today’s story, we are going to discuss why the feeling of hungry could make people smarter. 

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Intermediate | 八仙过海,各显神通 | When Eight Immortals Crossed The Sea; Each Showed Their Own Magic | Mandarin Chinese Story
#104
05/01/2021

The fairy story of eight immortals is one of the most popular and widely distributed stories in China. It has derived into a proverb that still has been widely used. In today’s story, let’s take a look at what does this term mean under different circumstance. 

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Advanced | 你热衷于开会吗? | Do You Enjoy Meetings? | Mandarin Chinese Story
#105
05/01/2021

No matter we are working in a large company or small firm, one fact is that the number of meetings we have at work is increasing. People have different perceptions towards meetings and majority of us don’t really enjoy meetings. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the possible reason of why we have more and more meetings at work and how do inefficient meetings impact on our work and life. 

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Beginner | 下馆子 | Eating Out | Mandarin Chinese Story
#103
05/01/2021

During the weekend, it has become some kind of tradition for some families to going out for lunch or dinner. In today’s story, our protagonist recalled her experiences of going out for lunch with her family. They are quite happy with what they had in the restaurant, let’s take a look. 

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Advanced | “北京时间”是北京的时间吗? | Is "Beijing time" Refering To Beijing’s Time? | Mandarin Chinese Story
#102
04/24/2021

If you have visited China or live in China, you must notice that there is a unified standard time called Beijing time in China. In today’s story, we are going to discuss the concept of world time zone and what Beijing time is. It would be interesting to know what does the Beijing time to do with Beijing. 

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