Secret of Measure Words – Do I Really Need to use them Every Time?

All Chinese students are eventually introduced to a special kind of word in Chinese called a measure word. Measure words are added between numbers and nouns in order to appropriately describe something. Initially, measure words may seem daunting, however, English does this as well – “A glass of milk”, “A carton of eggs”, “A pair Read more about Secret of Measure Words – Do I Really Need to use them Every Time?[…]

Secrets of Saying Sorry: “对不起(duì bù qǐ)”’s Correct Use

If you’ve ever learned even a little Chinese, you probably know the phrase “对不起(duì bù qǐ)”. In most textbooks, “对不起(duì bù qǐ)” is translated to mean “sorry,” or “I’m sorry.” Other books might say it means “Excuse me”. I often hear my beginning students use this phrase. However, you may notice that Chinese people don’t Read more about Secrets of Saying Sorry: “对不起(duì bù qǐ)”’s Correct Use[…]