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Decipher App Review

Decipher App Review

Summary: Online magazine for learning Chinese App content: Articles on Chinese culture, the Chinese language, and news stories from across China Quick Rating Ease of Use: 9/10                    Educational Value: 10/10 Fun Factor: 9/10                         Value for Money: 7/10                           Overall: 9/10 Available on: Android, iOS, and online Popularity: Google Play: 4.6 stars,…read more →

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival On the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which happens to land on September 15th this year, is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a major traditional Chinese festival  which is widely celebrated in all parts of the country. Also known as “The Moon Festival”, 中秋节(zhōngqiū jié) is celebrated at that time of the year…read more →

Chinese Vocabulary: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Chinese Vocabulary: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

As some of you might have heard, the great comic actor Gene Wilder (吉恩 怀尔德 jí’ēn huái’ěrdé ) passed away on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 at the time. Wilder was known for a variety of roles in his career, most notable of all as Willy Wonka, one of his most beloved and gentle characters, from…read more →

Chinese Vocabulary: US Presidential Elections

Chinese Vocabulary: US Presidential Elections

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, you likely have heard A LOT about the recent presidential elections in the United States of America. The topic has been such a hot news source that the mention itself can be considered it’s own conversation starter. When you and your friends are out of ideas what to…read more →

Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary

Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary

Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are now under way and it’s time to learn some Chinese words about sports! In this article, you’re going to learn some general and specific vocabulary about sports so you can talk about the Olympic Games with your Chinese friends. So, what are you waiting for… Ready, Steady, Go! The…read more →

Learning Shanghainese Part 2

Learning Shanghainese Part 2

This is part two of LTL’s “Learning Shanghainese” series where we follow Alex, the director of LTL Mandarin School in Shanghai in his quest to learn Shanghainese. Last time in part 1 we learned Alex’ reasons for wanting to learn Shanghainese, as well as his first experience with the learning materials. First lesson of Shanghainese was both a thrill and a nightmare…read more →

Pleco Review Part I

Pleco Review Part I

Summary: Indispensable learning tool App content: Dictionaries – Flashcards Quick Rating Ease of Use             95%                            Fun Factor                N/A – has no Fun Factor, more a usefulness factor Value for Money   100%                           Overall                       100% Available on: Android, iOS, but not Mac and Windows PCs Popularity: Google Play: 4.6 stars, 22,118 reviews Apple Store: 4.5 stars, 4,098 reviews Cost: Varies – from…read more →

15 Facts About China!

15 Facts About China!

1. The modern word “China” is thought to derive from the Qin dynasty which ruled the country in the third century BC. The Sogdian (modern day Iran) traders referred to the people under the Qin rule as “chin” and the location as “China”. 2. 1 out of 5 people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is over 2 times larger…read more →