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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 →

Studying Chinese for Six Months in Beijing.

Studying Chinese for Six Months in Beijing.

Studying Chinese was something I had always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity. I graduated from university in 2013 and, like most people my age, failed to get a job in the UK. I decided to make the most of the opportunity and spend six-months in China learning Mandarin. Picking a school was not easy. I wanted to…read more →

LTL’s top tips of what NOT to do in modern day China!

LTL’s top tips of what NOT to do in modern day China!

China is famous for its ancient culture and traditions, however modern day China is not without its own set of rules and in many cases these are more important to note than the older traditions which have become less important during the recent economic boom and communist rule. You’ll find many articles on the internet telling you what not to do in…read more →

Useful Phrases for Expats Moving to China!

Useful Phrases for Expats Moving to China!

Moving to China can be crazy! New time zone, new culture, new food and especially, new language. You’re going to need a few basic Chinese phrases to survive before you have time to really learn the language. I asked some expat friends that live here in Beijing, what the first (useful) phrases were that they learnt when they arrived and…read more →

From 0 to HSK 5 in a Year

From 0 to HSK 5 in a Year

I did not know a single word in Chinese when I first came to Beijing in July 2013 to study Mandarin. After finishing highschool I decided to spend my gap year trying to achieve fluency in Chinese – something I was back then not very certain I could achieve within only a year. Mandarin is generally believed to be one…read more →