21/08/2020 Friday Roundup

chongqing china

Welcome to another Friday Roundup. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday night for the Cultural Quiz Night. We had a great turnout with people even joining us from cities across Australia and overseas. It was great to see everyone's engagement in learning the different phrases from other languages and answering the quiz questions. 

Congratulations to the top 3 winners; Nina, Angus and Yajuan

In celebration of the upcoming Qixi Festival known as China's 'Valentine's Day' we have released a new episode of 'Nihao Mate' which takes a look at this event and the meaning behind the number 520. Our Chinese Conversation Corner this afternoon will also look at the origins and ancient customs of this special festival. 

This week's image was taken by Jerry Wang of the city Chongqing, a city which is largely underrated but a must see when in China. Please keep sending in your images for us to share!


What's New

Nihao 你好 Mate 

New episode out now! 

In this episode we explore the origins of Qixi 七夕, which is know as China's Valentine's Day and look at the meaning behind the number 520. Did you know Chinese people celebrate a form of valentines day 3 times a year! Click here to view this episode. 


Chinese Conversation Corner
Tuesday and Friday, 4:00-5:00pm (ACST) via Zoom

Tuesday lesson: Get personalised help with a language partner
Friday lesson: Cultural topic with new vocabulary 

Friday August 21st - 'Qixi Festival, Chinese Valentine’s Day'
Friday August 28th - Traditional Chinese Tale 'Mencius’ Mother Moved Three Times'

For more information about the program click here. To register email us.

Missed a week? All the worksheets from the previous topics will now be available online. Click here to view them.  



Ongoing Programs

Children's Activities

We have 17 worksheets available on different language and cultural topics. To see the full range of worksheet activities click here.

Chinese Poetry Sing Along Program
June 4 - September 24

Enrolments will remain open for the duration of the program. For further information click here

Chinese Cultural Workshop Video
To view our cultural workshop videos click here.

Private Tuition
To find out more email us. 


Our full list of online programs can be found here 


Chengyu 语 of the week

Chengyu are a type of Chinese idiom which mostly consist of four characters. They were widely used in classical Chinese and are still commonly used today.

Direct Translation: heart - of one's own accord - be willing 
Meaning: most willing to do, perfectly happy to do, delighted to (do sth.)

Click here to learn more about this chengyu and how to use it.


Covid-19 Updates

Chinese Speaking Community

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Traditional Chinese 繁體中文


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