Tag Archives: Chinese

There’s More that Meets the Eye: Languages of the United States

So America is the land of the monolingual, the place where only English is spoken and no other language exists—aside from for the more than forty million people who speak Spanish as a first language, and the estimated eleven million speaking it as a second, of course, but who’s counting those? And other than English(…)


Surviving Taiwan on Limited Mandarin

Nearly a decade ago, I came to Taiwan with one suitcase, a laptop, a generic Mandarin Chinese phrasebook and precisely two words of spoken Mandarin: “Nǐ hǎo” (Traditional Chinese: 你好; English: Hello), which I more or less gleaned from the Rush Hour movie franchise starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Call it foolish, call it(…)


How Politics May Determine Your Next Language

What do you consider when you are choosing a language to study? Is it the relative ease to pick it up, future job prospects, for deepening the enjoyment of the place you’re going to travel to? Or maybe simply because it’s the popular language to study right now. But then… what is it that makes(…)


The Politics of International Studying: Destinations of the Future

As we continue on from our last article where we discussed How Present-Day Politics May Affect International Language Studies, we understand that studying abroad is about more than getting an education. It is about broadening your horizons, experiencing new cultures, and often getting to grips with a second language. But with all of the political(…)


Beach Reads: First Novels in Original Languages

In our final look at first novels in original languages, we’re imagining we’re on a beach somewhere in an exotic location. There is just enough shade so that we can read our books without the pages glaring up at us, and hopefully there’s a cocktail waiting for us just off to the side as well.(…)


Top Food and Drinks for Tourists to Try in China

 If you’re lucky enough to take a trip to this incredible country, one of the many highlights will be the food and drink. You will also quickly notice that Chinese cuisine can be starkly different to the standard takeout you’re used to in your own country. Familiar names do exist there of course – sweet(…)


Learn Chinese Through Music – Here’s How (and Why)

Learning a new language, especially one with a totally unfamiliar writing and phonetic system, is always challenging when it comes to vocabulary and fluency. Luckily Chinese is already a lyrical language, so using music to help propel learning can make it truly fun and memorable. A couple of things to keep in mind before adding(…)


10 Tips For Integrating Into Chinese Culture

Are you thinking about choosing an expat life in China and want to embrace the local customs? China is country full of history and rich culture with plenty for you to learn, but it isn’t necessarily the easiest to assimilate into. Many expats talk of the difficulties of integrating into life in China – not only is the(…)


Essential Items to Pack for Your Trip to China

China is such a large and diverse country with such variation that it would be difficult for me to tell you exactly what to pack. You might be in Shenzhen in the scorching summer sun, or Harbin during an ice cold winter. Naturally, the savvy traveller that you are, you’ll check the weather conditions for(…)


The 5 Best Drinks in China

China has, perhaps surprisingly, some of the most liberal laws on alcohol anywhere in the world; it wasn’t until 2006 that the Chinese government introduced a ban on the sale of alcohol to under-18s. Traditionally alcohol was mostly reserved for special occasions and festivities, but alongside the country’s rapid economic development over recent decades the(…)