Tag Archives: Chinese

Essential Chinese Phrases For All Occasions

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Are you planning an adventure trip to the Yellow Mountains? Do you want to reconnect with a Chinese family member? Do you just want to be able to greet your Chinese colleagues in their language in your next conference call? No matter what your reason is for wanting to learn Chinese, you’ve come to the(…)


How Many Chinese Languages Are There? You’ll Be Surprised!

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So, you’ve finished watching Secret of Three Kingdoms and you have decided to learn Chinese… But which one do you mean? Though it’s often treated as a single language, Chinese is actually a gigantic group of dialects. The first question you should be asking, then, is not “How can I learn Chinese?” but “How many(…)


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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)

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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

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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(…)