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Jinna Wang

Jinna Wang is a contributing writer for TutorMing. She grew up in the city of Harbin in northern China, and attended college at NYU where she majored in Finance and Management. In her spare time, Jinna likes to travel, eat, and write about both.

Recent Posts

How To Use The Chinese Character “才(cài)”

Jinna Wang | April 14, 2017

 “才” is one of those Chinese words with a number of different meanings. Taken as a noun, it could mean “talent,” as in “才华 (cái huá),” or “talented person,” as in “人才 (rén cái).

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Chinese Animals With Very Literal Names

Jinna Wang | December 30, 2016

When it comes to naming animals, some languages are more literal than others. For example, the English word “jellyfish” conjures up a vivid picture of what the animal looks like. “Seahorse,” too, is an example of an animal name created through adding two words together. If you think about it, the little sea creature’s head does resemble that of a horse.

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What is Putonghua?

Jinna Wang | December 13, 2016

You've been working on your Chinese for a few years, and maybe you are pretty confident in your Chinese skills. Today, you finally decided to take your learning outside the classroom and visit an authentic Chinatown restaurant. "I'll even place my order in Chinese." You thought.

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6 Terms Of Endearment In Chinese

Jinna Wang | November 11, 2016
You were a) on vacation, b) at a friend’s party, or c) on a popular online dating app when you met the boy/girl of your dreams in China. You gather up the courage to  introduce yourself, and soon the two of you are magically and madly in love. You’re even thinking about spending the upcoming holidays together.
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Why Do So Many Chinese People Have The Same Last Name?

Jinna Wang | November 02, 2016

As anyone who has lived in both China and the United States will tell you, there are major cultural differences between the two countries. For example, the toilets in the U.S actually provide toilet paper. One of the differences that struck me the most when I moved to the United States are the difference in names.

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