you’re working in a field you genuinely enjoy. you have supportive, loving friends. you follow your passions, you’re fluent in your target languages. the 12 new books you ordered will arrive soon. your flat is cozy, decorated with plants and fairy lights. you’re happy. this might seem like some fantasty, but i know this will happen. i believe in you, and you should as well.

06/30/17

FBI arrests man in disappearance of Chinese grad student

Brendt Christensen, 27, of Champaign, Illinois, was charged with kidnapping, the news release said.

“Based on this, and other facts uncovered during the investigation of this matter, law enforcement agents believe that Ms. Zhang is no longer alive,” the statement from the US attorney’s office and FBI said, without offering further details.

Also in the criminal complaint is the allegation that Christensen had used his phone in April to visit online forums with titles such as “Abduction 101,” “Perfect abduction fantasy,” and “planning a kidnapping.”

Spotify Playlists

Music is a great way to practice your target language, I listen to music a lot when working or translating; There have been times I study new vocab and get to recognize some words thanks to music. I wanted to share with you some of the playlists I listen to.

Now then, Lyrics are also a great help when learning a language, I suggest “Spotify Lyrics”, it’s free to download at syncs with Spotify;  lyrics won’t show up sometimes (It depends on how popular is the song you are playing)
Download: https://github.com/fr31/spotifylyrics

Spanish (Spain):

 https://open.spotify.com/user/1277540242/playlist/0SCnpfCXfOudgambwaToKb

Spanish (Latinoamerica):

 https://open.spotify.com/user/filtr.pt/playlist/0e51Q4fsXBCkI1wrZfCkKs

French:

 https://open.spotify.com/user/alexandrasavior_official/playlist/5fqG9yLtUHjmXEcUSrSw5Q

German: 

https://open.spotify.com/user/12147752347/playlist/5NUUIzrDVoZWbjDIrD9D5t

Japanese:

https://open.spotify.com/user/1280834311/playlist/4bhzKJQ77vmmrisepRGno5

Chinese: 
https://open.spotify.com/user/1280834311/playlist/5I2now82EEnkhWONQwo6q4

That’s it for me, please feel free to add your playlists so we can share new music and practice our target languages!!  

🌟Supportive Chinese Phrases🌟

Since there are many Chinese idols in the industry, I thought that it would be nice to compile a list of supportive phrases that you, as a loving fan, could leave for them in the comments on Instagram/Facebook/other SNS! It’s always nice and comforting to read something in your native language, so below are some sayings that you could copy & paste to leave for your favorite Chinese idol!


You’re the best! - 你最棒!

You’re so handsome! - 你真帅!

You’re so beautiful! - 你真漂亮!

You’re so cute! - 你好可爱!

You are my world. - 你是我的全世界。

You are my everything. - 你是我的一切。

I love you! - 我爱你!

Fighting! - 加油!

We will always love you! - 我们会永远爱你!

We will always support you! - 我们会永远支持你!

Thank you for every perfect stage you bring us! - 谢谢你为我们带来的每个完美的表演!

Thank you for your hard work. - 感谢你的辛苦努力。

Don’t forget to take good care of yourself! - 别忘记照顾好身体!

Practicing hard is important but your health is number one! - 用功排练很重要,但照顾身体健康是第一!

Your smile is like the sun, lighting up my entire world! - 你的笑容像阳光一样,把我全世界点亮!

I hope that you are happy everyday. - 我希望你天天开心。

Did you eat? Don’t forget ah! Your health is the most important. - 你吃饭了吗?别忘记啊!身体健康最重要。

I hope that all of your dreams come true. - 我希望你所有的梦想都成真。

We look forward to sharing more and more wonderful memories with you! - 我们期待着在未来和你分享更多越来越美好的回忆!

40 Important Mandarin Chinese Verbs!

1. 是 [shì] ~ (to) be

2. 有 [yǒu] ~ (to) have

3. 做 [zuò] ~ (to) do; (to) make

4. 可以 [kě yǐ] ~ can; (to) give permission

5. 认识 [rèn shí] ~ (to) be acquainted qith

6. 知道 [zhī dào] (怎样) (zěn yàng) ~ (to) know (be aware)

7. 理解 [lǐ jiě] ~ (to) understand

8. 讲 [jiǎng] ~ (to) speak; (to) talk

9. 听 [tīng] ~ (to) listen to

10. 听到 [tīng dào] ~ (to) hear

11. 看 [kàn] ~ (to) see

12. 觉得 [jué de] ~ (to) feel

13. 活着 [huó zhe] ~ (to) live

14. 要 [yào] ~ (to) want

15. 需要 [xū yào] ~ (to) need

16. 喜欢 [xǐ huān] ~ (to) like

17. 爱 [ài] ~ (to) love

18. 给 [gěi] ~ (to) give

19. 拿 [ná] ~ (to) take

20. 玩 [wán] ~ (to) play

21. 笑 [xiào] ~ (to) laugh

22. 来 [lái] ~ (to) come

23. 去 [qù] ~ (to) go

24. 坐 [zuò] (…) 去 [qù] ~ (to) go by (…) (e.g. by car)

25. 写 [xiě] ~ (to) write

26. 读 [dú] ~ (to) read

27. 计数 [jì shù] ~ (to) count

28. 发音 [fā yīn] ~ (to) pronounce

29. 拼 [pīn] ~ (to) spell

30. 共轭 [gòng è] ~ (to) conjugate

31. 记住 [jì zhù] ~ (to) remember

32. 忘记 [wàng jì] ~ (to) forget

33. 吃 [chī] ~ (to) eat

34. 试 [shì] ~ (to) try

35. 用 [yòng] ~ (to) use

36. 打开 [dǎ kāi] ~ (to) open

37. 关闭 [guān bì] ~ (to) close

38. 欢迎 [huān yíng] ~ (to) greet; (to) welcome

39. 开始 [kāi shǐ] ~ (to) begin

40. 结束 [jié shù] ~ (to) end