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Back to the Future Day (回到未来日, huí dào wèi lái rì) is here!
Did you know that Chinese people love this classic movie series too?
Now you can discuss the movie in depth with Chinese fans using these words from Back to the Future 2.
Try them out! Then head over to our website for 1 month's worth of FREE Chinese lessons here:  #BTTF2015 #BackToTheFuture #YOYOcollage
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‪#‎快乐汉语HappyChineseVideo‬ 36
<快乐汉语HappyChinese> is Mandarin Video Lesson on CCTV. It suitable for undergraduate students learning Chinese. It also suitable for Chinese fans
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In business, there are six important greetings you should know in #Chinese to make sure that you make a good first impression. Do you know them all?
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Giraffe - 长颈鹿 (cháng jǐng lù)
长 (cháng) - long
颈 (jǐng) - neck
鹿 (lù) - deer
Did you know that "long neck deer" babies are already 6 feet tall when they're born?! That's a lot of giraffe! 
Big thanks to our students for suggesting new words to break down into their building blocks! Let us know more in the comments below! 
And if you want to learn more about the building block nature of the Chinese language, check out our YOYO 300 character course here: #YOYOabc
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‪#‎ChineseIdiomStory‬ 66——沉鱼落雁闭月羞花(chén yú luò yànbì yuè xiū huā)
[Literal Meaning]
sink/fish/fall/goose, close/moon/shy/flower
to be beautiful enough to make fish sink and geese settle, the moon hide and flowers feel shy
breath-taking beauty
It is said that Helen in ancient Greece had a face that "launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium."
as pretty as a picture
the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium (by Christopher Marlowe)
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You can shop, but can you shop in another language? Try naming the fruits in Chinese. ‪#‎LearnChinese‬ ‪#‎ChineseVocab‬
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H.E. Paul Kavanagh ,Ambassador of Ireland to China,
speaks at Confucius Institute Open Day…/news-and-events/2015/amb-speaks-at-co…/
Ambassador Kavanagh delivered a keynote speech at the second Confucius Institute Headquarters Open Day event which was held on 25 September at the Beijing headquarters of Confucius Institute. The theme of the event was "Cultural Exchanges and World Peace".
The event was attended by 500 guests, including diplomats from 38 countries, representatives of cultural institutes, and Mandarin teachers and learners.
There are 495 Confucius Institutes and 1,000 Confucius Classes in 134 countries across the globe. The three Institutes on the island of Ireland are located at UCD, UCC and University of Ulster.
Read the Full Text of Ambassador Kavanagh's speech
Remarks by H.E. Paul Kavanagh
Ambassador of Ireland to China
at the Han Ban Open Day in Beijing
Friday, 25 September, 2015
Cultural Exchanges and Building World Peace
Madam Director General of Han Ban, My Good Friend, Ms Xu Lin
President of the International University of Business and Economics, Mr. Shi Jianjun
Distinguished Guests
Colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps, Friends
Ladies and Gentleman
It is a great pleasure to join you this afternoon at Han Ban’s World Headquarters for this
wonderful Open Day as we celebrate the theme of “Cultural Exchanges and World Peace’. In
doing so, we will all want to recognize the seminal contribution of Hanban –precisely to cultural
exchange worldwide, and therefore also to the building and sustaining of peace between
countries and peoples.
I am honored to have been invited - alongside a colleague from Senegal - to address you, in a
certain sense, in the name of the Beijing Diplomatic Corps.
Director, Ladies and Gentleman. When we think of China, and of what it means, almost
automatically we come to focus on this country’s immense and venerable culture. It is largely
this culture, continually evolving, and not least China’s unifying language, a written language
since millennia, that has kept this country and the Chinese people together, through thick and
It is this culture that unites Chinese people the world over and across the centuries.
This great culture of China has played a key role in enabling the Chinese people to emerge into
the modern world, dignified, proud and united looking to an ever brighter future, following
centuries of challenge and adversity, the severity of which we can hardly imagine.
Many of us here today from all corners of the world come from, or indeed have the honor to
represent countries and peoples which also have received from our ancestors rich, diverse and
enduring cultures of our own. Many of us have ancient languages - and literature in those
languages - which define us as peoples, and to a considerable extent as individuals.
These cultures give us our individuality as peoples. But they also equip us to recognize and
embrace the universal, the shared situation on earth that shapes our common humanity.
They equip us to step beyond the specificity of our own situation, to embrace the essential worth
and dignity of the other, to overcome divisiveness, including that which flows from difficult
Our cultures enable us to exchange ideas, values and creations. Such exchanges allow us to
grow. As has been said: if I come and you come, and we each trade an apple with the other, then
we each leave with one apple; on the other hand, if we each come with an idea and we exchange
ideas, then we each leave with at least two ideas.
Our cultures may be ancient, but they should also be modern, creative, dynamic, and open.
Cultural exchange ought to make us more tolerant, and in this way, helps us to avoid, or
overcome conflict, and to build peace and reconciliation.
This is why Hanban is a builder of peace. It is why we too, Hanban’s friends and partners, too
are engaged in building peace together.
The founding charter of UNESCO is eloquent in this regard: ‘since wars begin in the minds of
men, it is in the minds of men that peace must be constructed’
Madam Director, Ladies and Gentlemen,
My country, Ireland, has excellent relations with China. This is true in the political field, in
economic, financial, trade and investment terms, in education and research, and of course in the
cultural domain.
We are delighted that there are three Confucius Institutes on the island of Ireland; and that the
Chinese government is about to establish a major Chinese Cultural Center in Ireland’s capital.
I was honored, Madam Director, to join you and Mr. Liu Yunshan in 2014 to help lay the
foundation stone of the new model Institute in Dublin. It is gratifying that our two governments
are sharing the cost of this institute and that the sister institute in Cork is thriving and highly
Let me mention that in the past year in Ireland the Government have introduced two modules and
only two for pupils in the junior cycle of secondary school. We are talking of twelve to fifteen
year olds. The two modules are:
Software coding; and
Chinese language and Culture
You can see from this the way our mind is working in Ireland.
In Ireland, degree-level programmes in mandarin, combined with commerce, international
studies, intercultural studies, computer science, marketing and so for are being taught in a range
of our universities, and other institutions.
The Irish government provides financial support to a voluntary group of teachers who are already
qualified in other subjects and who wish to qualify and to teach Chinese. This group has strong
links to the Dublin Confucius Institute. The Cork Institute meanwhile is legendary in its
These collaborations with Hanban have enabled Ireland, the better to build educational as well as
cultural exchanges with China over the past decade. Together we have developed a mature and
sophisticated relationship encompassing student mobility between Ireland and China, close
collaborations in higher education and research, language learning and cultural awareness
I look forward, Madam Director, to joining you next month here when Ireland’s Minister for
Education and Skills pays her annual call on this headquarters.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Ireland is fortunate to have a culture that is widely recognized. Language and literature are a key
part of who we are. Our four Nobel Laureates in Literature are well known: Yeats, Shaw,
Beckett and Heaney. But several of Ireland’s most famous writers never received the Nobel
Prize, I think of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde for example. There are many more.
Music and Dance too are an essential part of what makes the Irish people Irish. For many
Chinese, Riverdance or Enya may be their first encounter with Ireland and things Irish.
Irish artists have made seminal contributions to world art in the past century. I think of Francis
Bacon, for example.
Ladies and Gentlemen
We Irish know from our history that mutual respect, tolerance and forgiveness are important to
the building of peace and reconciliation. We know too that this is greatly facilitated when
peoples embrace each other, and not least when they embrace each other’s culture.
Of course China and Ireland will never enter conflict, one against each other. Have no fear!!
At global and regional level, however, absence of conflict is not enough. We are obliged, each of
us, from every country, our various asymmetries notwithstanding, and despite the complications
of the past, to contribute to building peace, real peace, in our own regions and more widely in the
We in Ireland are happy to work with China to this end.
And we are happy to work with one of China’s leading peace builders, Hanban!
Thank you.
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#‎FunChinese‬ 14 ——吃醋chī cù
吃醋 meaning Jealousy or eat vinegar?
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These Chinese government scholarships are awarded to students through agencies i.e., 
a) Chinese universities 
(b) Chinese embassies in other countries, which have diplomatic relations with China.
Students can prepare their application material and submit to university directly (after universities announce their schedule for application submission). As for embassy application is concerned, embassies generally receive applications in other countries via some Higher Education Institute / Ministry of Education of that country. Scholarship via embassy is also called “Bilateral Program”.
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Chinese Government Scholarship for International Students at Jiangxi Province - 2015
Chinese Government Scholarship for International Students at Jiangxi Province Applications are invited for Jiangxi
Provincial Government scholarship available for international students.
Scholarship is divided into three categories: Type A Scholarship is ...
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