Leo is booking flights to go to America next year for his brother's wedding. Dani teaches him how to say this in Mandarin Chinese, and how to make statements about his future plans. Leo also learns how to say what he did last year, before learning how to say the number of any year in Mandarin Chinese. Leo is glad to hear that it is easier to say years in Chinese than he expected!
To give more specific details about his plans, Leo asks Dani to teach him the Chinese for the months of the year. As might be expected, the Chinese names for the months are based on a simple numbering system. By the end of this lesson, Leo will be able to say when he is going to America, and how long he will stay there for.
The traditional Chinese calendar has a strong focus on the lunar months, where a month matched up directly with a full cycle of the moon. The timing of Chinese festivals is determined by this lunar calendar. For example, the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival occurs on the 15th day of the 8th month under the traditional Chinese calendar. This will always be a different day each year in the Western calendar, usually September or early October.
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