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What do Chinese people say when they just can’t even? 心塞 (xīn sāi)! - literally, “Heart attack!” Say this when something unexpected (but not serious) happens to you, and you can’t even think of a way to react. Like when you spill hot coffee on your pants, step in a puddle, or find a hair in your food!

What makes you feel 心塞 (xīn sāi)?

Example sentences:
我踩到口香糖的时候,我就觉得很心塞!(wǒ cǎi dào kǒu xiāng táng de shí hou, wǒ jiù jué de hěn xīn sāi) - Whenever I step in gum, I just can’t even handle it!

我好心塞!我新的iPhone掉进水坑了! (wǒ hǎo xīn sāi! wǒ xīn de iPhone diào jìn shuǐ kēng le) - I can’t even! My new iPhone fell into a puddle!

You better watch out! Christmas-related Chinese words are coming your way! :) Practice these while you’re building a snowman - 雪人 (xuě rén) or doing some last-minute shopping - 购物 (gòu wù)!  


How do you celebrate Christmas? 你一般怎么庆祝圣诞节 (nǐ yì bān zěn me qìng zhù shèng dàn jié)?

Alligators may be cold-blooded, but this takes it to a whole new level! ;) 

Your #MondayFunny doubles as a Chinese language lesson today! 

When you want to tell your fellow gator friends what an object is made of, you use the structure: A 是用 B 做的 (A shì yòng B zuò de) 

Examples: 

我的钱包是用我的前夫做的 (wǒ de qián bāo shì yòng wǒ de qián fū zuò de) - My purse is made of my ex-husband!

我的手机是用塑料做的 (wǒ de shǒu jī shì yòng sù liào zuò de) - My mobile phone is made of plastic.

他的毛衣是用真羊毛做的 (tā de máo yī shì yòng zhēn yáng máo zuò de) - His sweater is made of real wool.

这张桌子是用玻璃做的 (zhè zhāng zhuō zi shì yòng bō li zuò de) - This table is made of glass.
Try out the A是用B做的 structure with your friends today! :) Happy studies!

Sesame Seed Balls (芝麻球 Zhīma qiú)

Ingredients:

6 cups oil for deep-frying, or as needed

½ cup white sesame seeds, or as needed

¾ cup brown sugar

1 - 1 1/3 cups boiling water

3 cups (about 400 grams) glutinous rice flour

1 cup (about 200 grams) red bean paste (may not all be used)

Preparation:

1. In a wok or deep-sided, heavy saucepan, pre-heat the oil for deep-frying to 350 degrees F. Make sure that there is at least 3 inches of oil in the wok. Spread the sesame seeds over a piece of wax or parchment paper. Place a small bowl of water beside the sesame seeds.

2. Dissolve the brown sugar in 1 cup of the boiling water.

3. Place the rice flour in a large bowl. Make a “well” in the middle of the bowl and add the dissolved sugar and water mixture. Stir until you have a sticky, caramel-colored dough, adding as much of the remaining 1/3 cup of boiling water as needed (don’t add the water if not needed).

4. Pinch off a piece of dough roughly the size of a golf ball. Use your thumb to make a deep indentation in the dough and then the thumb and index fingers of both hands to form the dough into a cup. Roll 1 level teaspoon of sweet red bean paste into a ball. Place the red bean paste in the hole, and shape the dough over the top to seal. It is important to make sure the red bean paste is completely covered. Continue with the remainder of the dough.

5. Dip a ball into the small bowl of water (this will help the sesame seeds stick to the ball). Roll the ball over the sesame seeds. Repeat the process with the remainder of the balls.

6. Deep-fry the sesame seed balls, a few at a time, in the hot oil.

7. Once the sesame seeds turn light brown (about 2 minutes), use the back of a spatula or a large ladle to gently press the balls against the side of the wok or saucepan. Continue applying pressure as the balls turn golden brown and expand to approximately 3 times their normal size.

8. Drain the deep-fried sesame seed balls on paper towels. Serve warm. If preparing ahead, refrigerate and then re-heat the balls until they puff up again.