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To commemorate passing my 50th post, I’ll be starting a new series on this blog called “Interesting Headlines”, which will just include several one-line news headlines from major Chinese newspapers, and will hopefully help with newspaper reading skills.

Advanced and Intermediate Chinese Newspaper Vocabulary and HeadlinesI tend to find that if I can read a headline and get the gist of a story, then I can read the story. But if I can’t grasp the overall concept, it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s being discussed – so I’ll be tackling headlines directly, and linking to the news story. You’re welcome to tackle it if it sounds interesting.

Almost all news headlines, with a few exceptions, are advanced reading material. I know most of my readers are beginner-level, so I apologize for the emphasis on advanced stuff. But the upshot is that news headlines are very short, which may give lower-level readers a shot at tackling something a bit more difficult.

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减税 – jiǎn shuì – Tax cut
吉普赛 – jí pǔ sài – Gypsy
争夺 – zhēng duó – To fight / vie over sthg.
仪式 – yí shì – Rite, ceremony
探秘 – tàn mì – Explore the unknown, probe mysteries
亩 – – Chinese equivalent of the word “acre”, one mu equals one fifteenth of a hectare


1) 新个税法明起施行: 月入五千每年将减税3360元
Finance: Read it on China Daily

2) 会说话吉普赛古董算卦机引天价争夺 美当地政府拒卖
Human Interest: Read it on China Daily

3) 杭州万松书院举办仿古入学仪式
Children: Read it on China Daily

4) 探秘印度尼西亚原始部落的木乃伊
History & Culture: Read it on XinHua

5) 重庆国家级森林公园发生火灾 面积已超300
Disasters: Read it on XinHua

SHOW ENGLISH TRANSLATION »
1) New tax laws take effect tomorrow: those with a monthly salary of 5000 yuan will get a tax cut of 3360 yuan per year

2) An antique talking gypsy fortune telling machine creates a high-priced bidding war: American local government refuses to sell

3) Hangzhou Wan Song Academy of Classical Learning Holds old-style school entrance ceremony

4) Exploring the mysteries of primitive Indonesian tribal mummies

5) Forest fire at Chongqing National Forest has already consumed over 300 mu


One comment to "Interesting Headlines: Series 1"

  1. Reply Ngọc Diệp says: November 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    1) 2). 3). 4). 5). Related Politics and Government


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