Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Some Phrases About the Coming Year of Horse

The horse year is coming, Chinese people start to use the phrase “  shàng ……) (Which means: on the horse\immediately) to express their best wishes and hopes for the year of 2014.

Here are some examples:
1.    shàng yǒu qián
I wish to have money soon.

2. shàng yǒu duì xiàng
I hope to have a boyfriend or girlfriend right now.

3.   shàng yǒu chē piào
I hope I can have the train ticket quickly.

4. shàng fēng hóu
I dream of being promoted to a high position.

5. shàng yǒu zi
I want to have a baby soon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from CLE

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your great support to CLE this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! CLE wish you the best holiday! We hope you had an amazing 2013, and we are looking forward to sharing more memories and experiences with you in 2014!

Monday, December 23, 2013

8 Major Cuisines of China

1. 川菜 chuān cài (四川菜系 sì chuān cài xì)
    SiChuan Cuisine

Sichuan (spelled Szechuan in the once common Postal Romanization), is a style of Chinese cuisine originating in the Sichuan Province of southwestern China famed for bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavour of the Sichuan peppercorn and zhitianjiao. Peanuts, sesame paste and ginger are also prominent ingredients in this style.

Some Famous Dishes:
* Diced Chicken with Dried Chilli (宫保鸡丁 gōng bǎo jī dīng)
* Twice Cooked Pork (回锅肉 huí guō ròu)
* MaPo Tofu (麻婆豆腐 máo pó dòu fu)
* Pork Lungs in Chili Sauce (夫妻肺片 fū qī fèi piàn)

2. 鲁菜 lǔ cài (山东菜系 shān dōng cài xì)
    ShanDong Cuisine

Shandong Cuisine is commonly and simply known as Lu cuisine. With a long history, Shandong Cuisine once formed an important part of the imperial cuisine and was widely promoted in North China. However, it isn't so popular in South China. Shandong Cuisine is featured by a variety of cooking techniques and seafood. The typical dishes on local menu are braised abalone, braised trepang, sweet and sour carp, Jiuzhuan Dachang and Dezhou Chicken. Various Shandong snacks are also worth trying.

Some Famous Dishes:
* Braised Intestines in Brown Sauce (九转大肠 jǐu zhuǎng dà cháng)
* steamed porgy in clear soup (清蒸加吉鱼 qīng zhēng jiā jí yú)
* sweat and sour carp (糖醋鲤鱼 táng cù lǐ yú)

3. 苏菜 sū cài (江苏菜系 jiāng sū cài xì)
    JiangSu Cuisine

Jiangsu cuisine, also known as Su Cuisine for short, is one of the major components of Chinese cuisine, which consists of the styles of Yangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou and Zhenjiang dishes. It is very famous all over the world for its distinctive style and taste. It is especially popular in the lower reach of the Yangtze River. Typical courses of Jiangsu cuisine are Jinling salted dried duck, crystal meat, clear crab shell meatballs, Yangzhou steamed Jerky strips, triple combo duck, dried duck.

Some Famous Dishes:
* large meatball (狮子头 shī zi tóu)
* Sand Perch in Lotus Leaf (荷包鲫鱼 hé bāo jǐ yú)
* Nanjing Pressed Salted Duck (南京板鸭 nán jīng bǎn yā)

4. 湘菜 xiang1 cai4 (湖南菜系 hú nán cài xì)
    HuNan Cuisine

Hunan cuisine is well known for its hot spicy flavor, fresh aroma and deep color. Common cooking techniques include stewing, frying, pot-roasting, braising, and smoking. Due to the high agricultural output of the region, there are varied ingredients for Hunan dishes.

Some Famous Dishes:
* Steamed Multiple Preserved Hams (腊味合蒸 là wèi hé zhēng)
* Chilli Fish Head (剁椒鱼头 duò jiāo yú tóu)
* Shredded Pork with Vegetables (农家小炒肉 nóng jiā xiǎo chǎo ròu)
* Mao's Stewed Pork (毛氏红烧肉 máo shì hóng shāo ròu)

5. 徽菜 huī cài (安徽菜系 ān huī cài xì)
    Hui Cuisine

Anhui cuisine is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. It is derived from the native cooking styles of the Huangshan Mountains region in China and is similar to Jiangsu cuisine, but with less emphasis on seafood and more on a wide variety of local herbs and vegetables. Anhui province is particularly endowed with fresh bamboo and mushroom crops.

Some Famous Dishes:
* Braised Masked Civet (红烧果子狸 hóng shāo guǒ zi lí)
* Pheasant braised in snow vegetables (雪冬烧山鸡 xuě dōng shāo shān jī)
* Steamed partridge (清蒸石鸡 qīng zhēng shí jī)

6. 闽菜 mǐn cài(福建菜系 fú jiàn cài xì)
    Fujian Cuisine

Fujian cuisine is a Fujian coastal region. Woodland delicacies such as edible mushrooms and bamboo shoots are also utilized. Slicing techniques are valued in the cuisine and utilized to enhance the flavor, aroma and texture of seafood and other foods. Fujian cuisine is often served in a broth or soup, with cooking techniques including braising, stewing, steaming and boiling.

Some Famous Dishes:
* Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (佛跳墙 fó tiào qiáng)
* Fried Taiji Prawns (太极明虾 tài jí míng xiā)
* Pork in Lychees (荔枝肉 lì zhī ròu)

7. 粤菜 yuè cài (广东菜系 guǎng dōng cài xì)
    Hong Kong and Guangdong Cuisine

The Cantonese style of dining, yum cha, combines the variety of dim sum dishes with the drinking of tea. Yum cha literally means 'drink tea'. Cantonese style is the unique and charm dishes, which enjoy a long history and a good reputation both at home and abroad. It is common with other parts of the diet and cuisine in Chinese food culture. Back in ancient times, and the Central Plains on Lingnan Yue Chu family has close contacts. With the changes of dynasty historically, many people escaped the war and crossed the Central Plains, the increasing integration of the two communities.

Some Famous Dishes:
* baked chicken in salt (盐焗鸡 yán jú jī)
* Bergamot ribs (佛手排骨 fó shǒu pái gǔ)
* Kylin Weever (麒麟鲈鱼 qí lín lú yú)

8. 浙菜 zhe4 cai4 (浙江菜系 zhe4 jiang1 cai4 xi4)
    Zhejiang Cuisine

Zhejiang cuisine is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China, derives from the native cooking styles of the Zhejiang region. The dishes are not greasy, having but instead a fresh, soft flavor with a mellow fragrance.

Some Famous Dishes:
* West Lake Vinegar Fish (西湖醋鱼 xī hú cù yú)
* beggars' chicken (叫花鸡 jiào huā jī)
* Dongpo pork (东坡肉 dōng pō ròu)

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Top 10 Popular Chinese Words

1. 中国梦 zhōng guó mèng

Chinese dream(to become prosperous and strong)

2. 光盘 guāng pán

empty your plate, (eat all your food, waste nothing)

3. 倒逼 dào bī

take action to make your boss improve

4. 逆袭 nì xí

to win at the last moment through hardship and struggle

5. 女汉子 nǚ hàn zi

tough-girl, tom-boy

6. 土豪 tǔ háo

nouveux riche, Beverley hill billies, 

7. 点赞 diǎn zàn

to “like” or “agree” on something.

8. 微XX wēi XX

mini..., tiny...

9. 大V dà V

People on social media who have a large following and whose opinions are seen by some as influential              

10. 奇葩 qí pā

strange, weird or odd person

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Do You Know These Popular Chinese Buzzwords?

女汉子 nǚ hàn zi    
manly woman/Fe-male

Some women are in the habit of acting or speaking in a manly manner, like removing a beer bottle cap with their teeth or frequently using four-letter words, but it doesn't mean they are homosexual.

二维码 èr wéi mǎ    

QR Code

A QR Code is a matrix code invented by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The QR is derived from "Quick Response." Camera mobile phone users with code-reading software can scan the image of the QR Code and be relinked to a Website that this code represents.

自然萌 zì rán méng    

naturally cute

An expression used by young people online to describe someone who looks adorable in the way they carry themselves - whether in how they walk or talk. "萌" is transliteration from the Japanese word "moe," which literally means "budding" in English.

天然呆 tiān rán dāi   

natural airhead

This is used to describe a person who appears to be an airhead but is in fact sharp and witty and good company. The expression is borrowed from Japanese, used often by people who are fanatical about ACG (animation, comic and games).

恨天高 hèn tiān gāo    

sky-high shoes

This terms alludes to women's shoes with 15 centimeter-plus heels as favored by icons such as Lady Gaga and Chinese singer Jolin Tsai.

北京咳 běi jīng ké    

Beijing cough

The term "Beijing cough" has been in use since as early as the 1990s among foreigners, many of whom experienced respiratory problems in Beijing's dry and polluted air. But it has become more common as more health problems attributable to the capital's pollution are reported.