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Write Chinese characters : stroke order

In this video series, expert Bo Feng shows you the proper stroke order for writing Chinese characters properly. The long tradition of calligraphy has developed techniques for writing that will make your characters seem more authentic. Bo teaches you the seven rules of writing ...more

How To : Write Chinese characters related to house rental

In this video series, our expert will teach you how to write and pronounce the Chinese symbols for words related to house rental. Learn about the derivation of words like landlord, rent out and apartments. Get tips on writing and pronouncing the Chinese word for expensive, uti ...more

How To : Make People Like You (Even if They Hate You)

Someone does't really like you. I don't know who or where they are, but they exist. If you want to change that, simply ask them to do you a favor. This trick is known as the "Benjamin Franklin Effect." The idea is that when someone who views you unfavorably performs a favor f ...more

News : The Movable Type Rubik's Cube

Love this Rubik's Cube stamp with movable type Chinese characters by Shaun Chung. Chung laser-etched the characters from wood, and then adhered them to a regular Rubik's Cube to create verses from a traditional Chinese text. Chung says: "Chinese has a long history with the p ...more

How To : Play xiangqi, also known as Chinese chess

Chinese chess is the world’s most popular board game. Chinese chess, also known as xiangqi, has been played throughout East Asia for over 1000 years. The playing pieces have traditionally been identified using Chinese characters, so only those who could read Chinese characters ...more

How To : Install the Pinyin keyboard layout on Windows

Typing Chinese characters on a US QWERTY-style keyboard is difficult, but by no means impossible. In this how-to video, you'll learn how to install a Pinyin keyboard mapping for a QWERTY keyboard in Windows. For step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To : Paint a magnolia in Chinese painting

This video demonstrates how to paint a magnolia in ink and water, Chinese style. Make gray ink by mixing water with the black ink. Squeeze the brush with a piece of tissue and dip it in glue water made of peach sap powder mixed with water. When he begins to paint, half the bru ...more

How To : Pronounce and write Beijing in Mandarin Chinese

This instructional video teaches the proper English pronunciation of "Beijing" based on modern standard Chinese (Mandarin). It also describes the two Chinese characters that make up the name "Beijing" China's capital city and host of the 2008 summer Olympics. Watch this how to ...more

How To : Checkmate a king on the chess-like game Shogi

Do you like chess? How about Japanese chess? Aren't there different chess variants in Japan though? Maybe, but this specific chess variant is called Shogi. The chess-like game Shogi is won by capturing the king, just like chess, but defeat is conceded at mate, or when mate bec ...more

How To : Play basic openings on the chess-like game Shogi

Do you like chess? How about Japanese chess? Aren't there different chess variants in Japan though? Maybe, but this specific chess variant is called Shogi. The chess-like game Shogi is won by capturing the king, just like chess, but defeat is conceded at mate, or when mate bec ...more

How To : Write Chinese symbols for flowers

In this video language lesson series, our expert will teach you how to write and pronounce a variety of Chinese symbols for flowers. You will learn about how each Chinese characters is formed and derived and get tips on pronunciation. Learn such flower words as rose, lily, tul ...more

How To : Value the pieces on the chess-like game Shogi

Do you like chess? How about Japanese chess? Aren't there different chess variants in Japan though? Maybe, but this specific chess variant is called Shogi. The chess-like game Shogi is won by capturing the king, just like chess, but defeat is conceded at mate, or when mate bec ...more

How To : Write Chinese radicals

Although it is not the easiest language to learn to speak there are a few pieces of advice that can help you along your way of learning to speak in Chinese. Our expert, Bo Feng, will show you how to write many different types of Chinese characters and radicals. Write Chinese r ...more

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