What’s more difficult: applying for college in the U.S. or applying for college in China? Learn the steps students in both countries take when selecting
Topic 1: 申请大学 APPLYING TO COLLEGE
High school in the U.S. involves a combination of study and extracurricular exploration. High School
in China? It’s… a bit different.
Topic 2: 校园生活 SCHOOL LIFE
Air pollution is one of China’s most pressing social issues. Learn about what causes the smog and what steps you and I can do to clear the air.
Topic 1: 空气污染 AIR POLLUTION
Renewable energy sources are a fast-growing industry. What types of green energy are out there? How do they work? Find out here.
Topic 2: 绿色能源 GREEN ENERGY
The Chinese language is rich with well-known phrases that pack deep meaning, like the one featured in this topic, which deals with the treasured virtue of filial piety.
Topic 1: 中国名言 CHINESE SAYINGS
He studied English in college but now runs one of
the biggest e-commerce websites in the entire world.
It’s time you learned about Jack Ma.
Topic 2: 名人马云 JACK MA
The brush, ink, paper, and the ink stone—the so called “Four Treasures of the Study”—are among the Chinese civilization’s greatest contributions to world heritage. It’s definitely something worth writing
Topic 1: 文房四宝 FOUR TREASURES OF THE STUDY
It’s difficult to go outside these days and not see someone hunched over their smartphone. After studying this topic, you’ll be able to use Chinese to discuss why we like our devices so much and what brands of phones Chinese
Topic 2: 智能手机 SMARTPHONES
The Mid-Autumn festival is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. Every year on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, families get together to enjoy a big meal, munch on mooncakes, and admire the moon. The question is, where did all of these traditions come from?
Topic 1: 中秋节 mid-autumn festival
One of the most unique traditions at American high schools and universities is Homecoming. There’s usually a football game, a big dance, sometimes even different themed “Spirit Days” like “70’s Day” or “Twin Day.” This topic will teach you how to explain this time-honored tradition in Mandarin Chinese.
Topic 2: 返校日 homecoming
Vast landscapes, exquisite calligraphy, even cave walls bursting with color—all these and so much more have made the millennia-old traditions of Chinese Painting, also called Guo Hua 国画, one of the world’s most uniquely beautiful art forms. Learn more about it here.
Topic 1: 国画 CHINESE PAINTINGS
This sprawling series of buildings, home to leaders of many a Chinese dynasty, is one of the Middle Kingdom's most distinct cultural sites. It took a million people to build it centuries ago. Today it's visited by millions of tourists each year. Its very name inspires awe and curiosity. You're invited to
enter the Forbidden City.
Topic 2: 故宫 The forbidden city
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