Quiz shows and neat little trivia cards will like to tell you that the Chinese greet each other with '吃了吗?' or 'have you eaten?'. It seems neat, and the little explanation in smaller font will tell you that this is due to the importance of food in Chinese people's (and indeed everyone's) lives. Except, well - … Continue reading Have You Eaten?
Any dictionary will tell you that 年 (nián) means 'year', but delve deeper into the myths and legends surrounding Chinese New Year and you'll discover the legend of the monster Nian with a long head and deadly horns. It dwells deep in the sea, but on New Year's Eve every year it came into villages … Continue reading The Dawn of the Rooster
Good evening and welcome to another week of Chinese! 'Raw Day' seems to be an odd title and might have left you scurrying around the internet for Chinese oddities when you read it at the end of last week, but a 生日 is the day when you are raw, or (a slightly odd translation … Continue reading Raw Day