Super Bowl’s here! Mandarin-learners: Here are some cool festivals/events in CHINA

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Jiayuan (Wilson) LiuMandarin
February 9, 2018
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Hello everyone! So Super Bowl is just right around the corner – basically in a few hours! (*time of my writing). Tonight perhaps is going to be one of the biggest/ most anticipated nights in U.S/Canada. Personally, I’d hope Eagles to win the game, but let’s be honest --- Tom Brady and his Patriots probably are going to crash Eagles somehow… Either way, to all the Mandarin students out there, do you know “Super Bowl” in Chinese? It’s quite simple actually: it is being called 超(chāo)级(jí)碗(wǎn) - literally means “Super Bowl”. “Super” = 超(chāo)级(jí), “Bowl” = 碗(wǎn) 。

I am sure most of you already know, Chinese New Year and few others. Today, I simply want to introduce a few essential ones that you (as a Mandarin language learner) should know.

Chines New Year春(chūn)节(jié)

Obviously, you must know what Chinese New Year, which is the most important holiday in China. This year, Chinese New Year begins on February 16 and marks the beginning of the “Year of the Dog” 狗(gǒu) 年(nián). The date was set based on our ancient Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year typically begins with the new moon that occurs between the end of January or the end of February, and it lasts about 15 days until the full moon arrives with the Festival of Lanterns. So if you are in China, you will typically see people celebrate the festival for almost 15 days straight. Most important was the feasting: On New Year’s Eve 除(chú)夕(xī)夜(yè), the extended family would join around the table for a meal – pretty similar to Christmas.

White Day白(bái)色(sè)情(qíng)人(rén)节(jié) – White” “Valentine’s day”

I didn’t know this one exist until one day when I was still in High School, some of my buddies were talking about this special day (3.14). The event was originated from Japan I think, but it became quite popular in China. It is literally the reverse version of traditional Valentines Day (2.14). Instead of asking a guy to prepare the gift for a girl, on 3.14, a month after valentine’s day. The girl should be the one to do the honor. It’s truly awesome for guys.

Dragon Boat Festival 端(duān)午(wǔ)节(jié)

It’s the time of the year, we would see people racing dragon boats and eating 粽(zòng)子(zǐ). Oddly enough, the reason why we celebrate this day is to remember a patriot named Qu Yuan, who committed suicide once he heard his country was invaded by others. He eventually jumped into the river. After his death, many local people rowed out on the river and threw lumps of rice into the river to feed fishes – so those fish wouldn’t eat Qu Yuan’s body.
Interesting ancient story, you can learn more here: https://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/dragon-boat-festival-history.htm

Qi Xi七(qī)夕(xī) – Chinese Valentine’s Day

Similar to Chinese New Year, our traditional version of Valentine’s Day follows Lunar Calendar as well. It is usually around 7.7 on Lunar Calendar – which is around either July or August.
Having another Valentine’s Day means all the guys need to be creative/romantic and to prepare gifts twice per year…wait…actually, it’s 3! Remember the White Day I mentioned earlier… Well, it’s actually just a wishful thinking for all the guys. Most likely, 85% of the times, the guys would end up buying gifts again for their significant others… So it’s not easy to be a boyfriend/husband in China!  We are hardworking people.
Learn more about the original story of Qi Xi, check the link:
https://qz.com/1062110/chinese-valentines-day-what-is-the-story-behind-qi-xi-%E4%B8%83%E5%A4%95-and-how-is-it-celebrated/

Mid-Autumn Festival 中(zhōng)秋(qiū)节(jié)

This festival is one of the most important ones in China, it’s equivalent to Thanksgiving in North America. On this day, we eat Moon Cakes(月(yuè)饼(bǐng)), enjoy the full-moon; most importantly, having a great time with your loved ones.

Single day 11.11单(dān)身(shēn)节(jié)

Whoever invented this one is a genius. It has literally become one of the most important dates in a calendar year in China. This day is to initially to remind all the single folks out there that YOU ARE SINGLE AND ALONE. However, in recent few years, it has become the biggest shopping event. On 11.11, all the retailers especially the e-commerce, they give consumer heavy discounts to encourage them to buy more --- I guess shopping to single folks is more like easting “comfort food” when he or she got dumped? Last year, the total transaction in e-commerce alone in China on 11.11 is $27 B USD. It’s quite crazy how people spend so much on a single day if you think about it.

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Hi everyone! My name is Wilson or Jiayuan Liu (My Chinese Name). But…My students usually like to call me --- Master Liu. I am originally from Shanghai, China. I have been an Mandarin language tutor for almost 6 years. I’ve taught university students, business professionals, and others aged from 10 to 56, mostly in Canada - where I have been living for many years. I’ve coached 50+ students from various levels (beginner to advanced, many of them became long-term students); I am also able to tutor students to conquer HSK tests as well. I have experience of helping a few students mastered Mandarin (speak almost fluently) within 2 years! And some even passed HSK level 5 or 6 (People usually need around 4 years or above) --- Trust me, you can do the same!!! I enjoy teaching and my focus is always on adapting, selecting and creating materials and organizing tasks to achieve your personal study goals and life objectives. I prioritize speaking and listening above the other three skills unless you have a specific preference. What does Master Liu teach? 1. Mandarin Beginner Courses (Focus on Speaking & Listening) 2. Mandarin Advanced Level Courses 3. HSK Level 1 – 6 Prep Courses 4. Business Mandarin – Doing Business in China (languages, cultures, and other guides) ***I understand each student has different need or at a different language level. I am dedicated to spending hours to design and tailor my class structure/content for each session. What you can expect from my class? In my opinion, speaking and listening are the most important skills in learning a foreign language. My philosophy is that the goal of learning a new language is to be able to communicate. And the essential part communication is “speaking” and understand what other people are saying. I don’t want any of my students say they can type out perfect sentences in Chinese ON the computer. That’s not enough. So I always get my students talking in Mandarin as much as possible during each session. I truly understand the difficulty of mastering a new language, you might feel uncertain, nervous, or even scared when you try to speak another language --- Don’t worry, I will “hold your hand” every step of the way to overcome any obstacles! For my classes,  I will be using certain textbooks and documents that I prepared as class materials – which I recommend you to be able to find time to study them before/after classes. In addition, I would often give you assignment (recommend to finish, but not mandatory).  Periodically, I’d like to make some quizzes to simply check your progress; and understand how to help you to improve your Mandarin. (No pressure! I won’t punish you to write certain Chinese characters for 100 times if you make a mistake on that.) Also, being a Marketer as my professional job helps me understand how to differentiate my classes from other Mandarin teachers.  I will be utilizing various interesting resources to help you not only learn the language, but also understand Chinese culture (current news, ancient stories, history, slangs, tourism, and custom etc.).  There will be some games involved in the classes to help you learn as well. For those of you who are especially interested in doing business (or working) in China, I open dedicated Business Mandarin classes for you to choose. Other things I should know about Master Liu?  I am patient, kind and always reachable (If you live in North American, I am able to respond within minutes unless I am sleeping, having meetings, on commute; for others, I will try to answer your questions within few hours).  I grew up in Shanghai, so no accent.  I have lived in Canada and Australia for many years, so I can explain everything clearly in English for you to understand.  I love to chat about movies/music/soccer, travel around the world, and enjoy good food. Also, humour is important.
$17.00
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Flag Mandarin
China
16
English
Native
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Mandarin
Native
,
French
A2
Hi everyone! My name is Wilson or Jiayuan Liu (My Chinese Name). But…My students usually like to call me --- Master Liu. I am originally from Shanghai, China. I have been an Mandarin language tutor for almost 6 years. I’ve taught university students, business professionals, and others aged from 10 to 56, mostly in Canada - where I have been living for many years. I’ve coached 50+ students from various levels (beginner to advanced, many of them became long-term students); I am also able to tutor students to conquer HSK tests as well. I have experience of helping a few students mastered Mandarin (speak almost fluently) within 2 years! And some even passed HSK level 5 or 6 (People usually need around 4 years or above) --- Trust me, you can do the same!!! I enjoy teaching and my focus is always on adapting, selecting and creating materials and organizing tasks to achieve your personal study goals and life objectives. I prioritize speaking and listening above the other three skills unless you have a specific preference. What does Master Liu teach? 1. Mandarin Beginner Courses (Focus on Speaking & Listening) 2. Mandarin Advanced Level Courses 3. HSK Level 1 – 6 Prep Courses 4. Business Mandarin – Doing Business in China (languages, cultures, and other guides) ***I understand each student has different need or at a different language level. I am dedicated to spending hours to design and tailor my class structure/content for each session. What you can expect from my class? In my opinion, speaking and listening are the most important skills in learning a foreign language. My philosophy is that the goal of learning a new language is to be able to communicate. And the essential part communication is “speaking” and understand what other people are saying. I don’t want any of my students say they can type out perfect sentences in Chinese ON the computer. That’s not enough. So I always get my students talking in Mandarin as much as possible during each session. I truly understand the difficulty of mastering a new language, you might feel uncertain, nervous, or even scared when you try to speak another language --- Don’t worry, I will “hold your hand” every step of the way to overcome any obstacles! For my classes,  I will be using certain textbooks and documents that I prepared as class materials – which I recommend you to be able to find time to study them before/after classes. In addition, I would often give you assignment (recommend to finish, but not mandatory).  Periodically, I’d like to make some quizzes to simply check your progress; and understand how to help you to improve your Mandarin. (No pressure! I won’t punish you to write certain Chinese characters for 100 times if you make a mistake on that.) Also, being a Marketer as my professional job helps me understand how to differentiate my classes from other Mandarin teachers.  I will be utilizing various interesting resources to help you not only learn the language, but also understand Chinese culture (current news, ancient stories, history, slangs, tourism, and custom etc.).  There will be some games involved in the classes to help you learn as well. For those of you who are especially interested in doing business (or working) in China, I open dedicated Business Mandarin classes for you to choose. Other things I should know about Master Liu?  I am patient, kind and always reachable (If you live in North American, I am able to respond within minutes unless I am sleeping, having meetings, on commute; for others, I will try to answer your questions within few hours).  I grew up in Shanghai, so no accent.  I have lived in Canada and Australia for many years, so I can explain everything clearly in English for you to understand.  I love to chat about movies/music/soccer, travel around the world, and enjoy good food. Also, humour is important.

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