Loanwords in Chinese
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Loanwords in Chinese

Like any other language, the history of Chinese language is not an isolated case. During the ancient time, along with the migration and the commerce with other mid-east countries, a lot of words were already introduced to China, such as 石榴shíliú(pomegranate) and 狮子shīzi(lion). Some words were borrowed from Buddhist scriptures, including 佛fó (Buddha) and 菩萨púsà...

要 yào or 想 xiǎng?
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要 yào or 想 xiǎng?

The words 要 yào and 想 xiǎng are both modal words that express desires and necessities. Most of the time we can apply them in a similar way as in English, but there are some small differences and, sometimes, it can be quite nerve-racking to decide when to use which. The word 想 xiǎng This word 想...

Adjectival sentences
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Adjectival sentences

First of all, let’s not get scared just yet by reading the title. Technical terms aside, adjectival sentences are extremely common types of sentences in daily life conversations. We express our opinions all the time, either when we describe a person, tell people how our day has been, or comment on the movie we watched...