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Chinese New Year traditions from around China

Chinese New Year traditions from around China

Thursday the 19th of February is Chinese New Years Day and will see the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Families all across China will celebrate in their own traditional ways. Many will make Chinese dumplings (jiăozi - 饺子) as a family and hand out red envelopes (hóngbāo - 紅包) of money to their nearest and dearest. However, these local traditions go…read more →

My LTL Experience – Studying Chinese in Chengde

My LTL Experience – Studying Chinese in Chengde

I’d studied Mandarin on and off in England for three years whilst completing my degree in an unrelated field. Irregular lessons with a string of teachers and language partners got me to a stage where I could hold short conversations with Chinese friends patient enough to prompt me in places and overlook my repeated mistakes. Wanting to build on this…read more →

Chinese Characters- Their history and how to remember them!

Chinese Characters- Their history and how to remember them!

The history of Chinese characters The Chinese language is one of the oldest in the world. Unlike many languages, Chinese doesn’t have an alphabet and it’s not written as a series of letters that make sounds that give meaning but rather as a series of pictures that have meaning and sounds. Historians have found ancient Chinese writing script that dates back…read more →

Why you should consider an Internship in China

Why you should consider an Internship in China

China is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for internships and its easy to see why. China is the most populous country in the world and has a history that spans over 4000 years. It’s rich culture means not only do you gain work experience during your internship but also an amazing life experience. But, even more impressive than China’s…read more →

Chinese Tongue Twisters 绕口令(rào kǒu lìng)

Chinese Tongue Twisters 绕口令(rào kǒu lìng)

Where to search for Chinese Tongue Twisters One of the best ways to practice your Chinese pronunciation is to learn some Chinese tongue twisters. Not only will it help you to pronounce individual words, it will also help with comprehension, increase your vocabulary and most importantly, help you to perfect those Chinese tones! If you search on the web there…read more →

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary

It’s almost Christmas time! In honor of this, we have decided to give you some new Chinese Christmas vocabulary, perfect for making conversation around the dinner table, especially if you’re planning on spending your holiday here in China with Chinese friends or a host family.   Christmas - Shèngdàn jié (圣诞节) Nativity - Yēsū dànshēng (耶稣诞生) Christmas Tree - Shèngdànshù (圣诞树) Presents - Lǐwù (礼物)…read more →

Names of Pokémon in Chinese

Names of Pokémon in Chinese

If you grew up during the 90s, like many of us did, you probably know of the Japanese hit TV cartoon series Pokémon. Originally adopted from the video game of the same name (back in the days of the Nintendo Gameboy), both the TV series and the video games became a huge success around the world, not just in Asia….read more →

My Internship Experience in Beijing, China

My Internship Experience in Beijing, China

This article was written by LTL intern Lisa. At 18 years old, Lisa did a seven week architecture internship with a Chinese architecture firm in Beijing after first doing a week of intensive Chinese group classes. Lisa plans to study architecture after returning to her native Germany. I decided to go to China right after graduating from Highschool: a new country,…read more →