The CLI Team

HSK 1 | My Family's Dog

My family has a three-year-old dog named Rice. In the afternoon on Monday, August 6, 2018, my mom and I caught sight…

HSK 3 | My Neighbor Little Xia

The first time I ever saw my neighbor, Little Xia, was on a hot summer day. Although the hallway of our apartment…

HSK 5 | Chinese Gift Giving Etiquette

Ever since ancient times, Chinese culture has emphasized the importance of social conventions. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind proper…

HSK 5 | The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl

The seventh day of the seventh lunar month is a traditional Chinese holiday called Double Seven Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s…

The 100 Most Common Chinese Characters

Have you ever wondered what the most common Chinese characters are? In a language of approximately 50,000 individual characters, mastering the most…

The 10 Best Places to Visit in China

China is vast. In fact, it’s off-the-scale massive, and its diversity is really second to none. Choosing this country as your next…

A Beginner's Guide to Chinese Idioms

Chinese idioms, or chengyu (成语 chéngyǔ) are an important part of the Chinese language that every language student who's serious about achieving…

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