What is China’s Twitter? Introducing Weibo by Sina. Can it be used to learn Chinese?


Bill Gates is on it (http://t.sina.com.cn/gates), Google China’s former CEO is on it (http://t.sina.com.cn/kaifulee), The GAP is on it (http://t.sina.com.cn/gap1969), NBA players are on it (Paul Pierce – http://t.sina.com.cn/paulpiercec, Lebron James – http://t.sina.com.cn/lebronjames1,….), and easyMandarin is on it (http://t.sina.com.cn/easymandarin).Just what is this Weibo craze all about?

Weibo, or ?? in Mandarin, is the newest online phenomenon in mainland China and for Chinese living around the world.Its literal translation is “microblog”.It is, like Twitter and other microblogging sites, a place for people to let their friends and fans know what’s new by writing a short sentence (140 characters) and attaching a picture, video, music, or other links.

easyMandarin students and other foreigners have been asking about Weibo since every TV station in China, including Shanghai’s English channel – ICS (http://t.sina.com.cn/icshanghai), is telling people to check out their channel’s Weibo account, customs and other government organizations are advertising their Weibo account to receive updated information, and every other person and organization seems to be using it and talking about it.

easyMandarin invites all Chinese learners to follow its Weibo and receive frequent, relevant Chinese words and phrases with English translations and Pinyin (Chinese Pronunciation/Phonetics).

easyMandarin Weibo – http://t.sina.com.cn/easymandarin

How to sign up for Sina’s Weibo (English users):

1)Go to http://translate.google.com

2)Type in the following – http://t.sina.com.cn

3)Click on this –

4)Use this translated page to help you complete the registration – http://t.sina.com.cn/reg.php

5)After registering, click on this –

6)You will receive a confirmation email to your registered email account with a link to complete the registration.

Users may use Google Translate on Weibo to get an understanding of how Weibo works (note: translations are not perfect).Find out what Chinese people are talking about and learn some Mandarin Chinese with easyMandarin on Weibo.

About easyMandarin

easyMandarin, also known as “Easy Mandarin” or “eM”, is one of China’s leading Chinese language training schools. The school was established in the year 2006 and since then has taught Mandarin to thousands of individuals from more than 60 countries, including overseas students, interns, CEOs, heads of NGOs, consulate generals, and people just visiting China to experience the language and culture. eM is based in Shanghai, China and is internationally accredited by CSN.

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