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More Common Japanese Loanwords

March 15, 2017
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Loanwords are Japanese words that have been “borrowed” from other languages, usually English. Most loanwords are simply transliterations of their donor words. For example, コーヒー (kōhī) is the loanword for …

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Chengyu: Chinese Idioms

January 20, 2017
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In this lesson, we’re going to look at some more Chinese idiomatic expression. Chinese idioms, or Chengyu (成语), usually consist of four characters. They are equivalent to simple English idioms, …

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Phrases for Celebrating Chinese New Year

January 17, 2017
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In the previous lesson, we looked at the Chinese zodiac and its importance to Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival. This week, we’re going to provide some useful phrases …