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Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Some foreign expats come to China for their jobs but with the hope of picking up some of the local lingo. Many other foreigners will come to China specifically to learn Chinese. Whichever category you fall into, learning Chinese is inevitable regardless of your main motives. When living in China, even the most simple of tasks can be made challenging…read more →

Learning Chinese in Tianjin

Learning Chinese in Tianjin

My name is Maria Rodriguez. Me and my partner arrived in Tianjin last February. We were convinced learning Chinese will be a very long and challenging journey, but would help us to understand the culture and people, which was our main reason to move to Asia.We both enjoy travelling and learning new cultures, and the language is indeed the best…read more →

The First Snow – Mandarin Vocabulary

The First Snow – Mandarin Vocabulary

With the first snow of the year now fallen in Beijing for 2015, I thought that it would be a good idea to share some snow related vocabulary with you. I think it’s going to come in handy over the coming months! First Snow: 初雪 chūxuě Snowflake: 雪花 xuěhuā(lit: Snow Flower) Heavy Snow: 大雪 dàxuě Snowy Day: 下雪天 xià xuětiān…read more →

China’s Singles’ Day

China’s Singles’ Day

It’s November, the most hectic month for online shopping in China. Chinese consumers try to save money through deals by doing their spending during the world’s biggest online shopping holiday, called Singles’ Day. In 2014, online consumers spent about $9 billion through Alibaba’s shopping platforms within 24h, which is almost three times more than what American consumers spent on both…read more →