09/14/16

中秋节快乐

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Have you ever tried a mooncake? If you haven’t, you might find them in a local Chinatown grocery store in the seasonal section. If you’re in China you can find fun new flavors in a Starbucks or a Haagendaas. If you want the traditional and authentic, you can find great 华月饼 /róng huá yuè bĭng/ and 美心冰皮 /měi xīn bīng pí/ in stores or online as well. Have a bite under the moon on Thursday or Friday night. Do get them with coffee or tea, because they ARE terribly, terribly sweet.

八月十五 /bā yuè shí wǔ/ is a day when moonlight is supposed to be the most stunning. A 圆月 /yuán yuè/ full moon conveys the idea of 团圆 /tuán yuán/ reunion. Therefore people usually celebrate today with their family.

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/yuè bĭng/ mooncakes are special desserts shaped like a full moon. Mooncakes are so representative that people nicknamed today as 饼节 /yuè bĭng jié/ #MooncakeDay. There are a few traditional flavors:

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莲蓉 /lián róng/ (mashed red lotus seeds)

蛋黄莲蓉 /dàn huáng lián róng/ (last one with a duck egg yoke)

五仁 /wǔ rén/ (assorted nuts)

枣泥 /zǎo ní/ (date paste)

冰皮 /bīng pí/ google these! they’re pretty.

豆沙 /dòu shā/ (red bean paste)

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Which ones sound nice to you? Leave a comment!

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09/10/16

How to Describe iPhone 7 Features in Chinese?

iPhone 7 was launched at Apple Special Event on Spet.8th. Apple fans in China are really excited about that. As a Chinese learner, what can we learn about it? Read the short passage to see if you get it.

9yuè 8hào , píngguǒ jǔxíng le xīnpǐn fābùhuì. iPhone 7 fābù le. iPhone 7 yǒu xīn de yánsè: hēisè hé liànghēi sè. iPhone 7 yǒu liǎng gè shèxiàngtóu. Apple hái tuīchū le wúxiàn ěrjī: Airpods. nǐ xiǎng mǎi iPhone 7 ma?

9月8号,苹果举行了新品发布会。iPhone 7 发布了。iPhone 7 有新的颜色:黑色和亮黑色。iPhone 7 有两个摄像头。Apple还推出了无线耳机:Airpods。你想买iPhone 7 吗?

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Transcript sentence by sentence

9yuè 8hào , píngguǒ jǔxíng le xīnpǐn fābùhuì.
9月8号,苹果举行了新品发布会。
On September. 8th, Apple held a new product launch.
举行:to hold (an event)
新品:new product
发布会: launch event

iPhone 7 fābù le.
iPhone 7 发布了。
iPhone 7 was released.
发布: to post publicly

iPhone 7 yǒu xīn de yánsè: hēisè hé liànghēi sè.
iPhone 7 有新的颜色:黑色和亮黑色。
iPhone 7 has new finishes: black and jet black.
亮黑: bright black

iPhone 7 yǒu liǎng gè shèxiàngtóu.
iPhone 7 有两个摄像头。
iPhone 7 has two camera lens.
摄像头:camera lens

Apple hái tuīchū le wúxiàn ěrjī: Airpods.
Apple还推出了无线耳机:Airpods。
Apple also released wireless headphones: Airpods.
推出:to release (new product, policy)
无线:wireless
耳机:headphone

nǐ xiǎng mǎi iPhone 7 ma?
你想买iPhone 7 吗?
Do you want to buy iPhone 7?