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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 →

My highlight in China: Immersion program in Chengde

My highlight in China: Immersion program in Chengde

These past 10 months I’ve been in China studying Mandarin with LTL. I started out in Beijing and then for the final leg of my trip I was in Chengde, Hebei. When I first arrived in Chengde I wasn’t really excited to be there. I had already established a pretty good lifestyle in Beijing; I had my classmates, my homestay, my…read more →

Game of Thrones – The Chinese Names

Game of Thrones – The Chinese Names

We know that many of you tune-in on the TV, Netflix or other less orthodox ways, to watch the hugely popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, based on the successful book series Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. As such, we decided to give you a brief list of characters, sayings and names from the Game of Thrones…read more →

Six Gradual Methods of Learning Chinese

Six Gradual Methods of Learning Chinese

Mandarin Chinese, as with any other language, takes a long time to master. Many people who have previously studied French, Italian or other romantic languages are befuddled as to how to go about starting with Mandarin. While in the previous languages, they could start with conjugations and grammar, Mandarin Chinese is almost completely devoid of it. To learn Mandarin, you…read more →

6 Mobile Apps to Help You in Your Adventure in China

6 Mobile Apps to Help You in Your Adventure in China

When visiting China, there are a lot of intimidating experiences as a first timer. You don’t know your way around, you don’t know what to order on the menu, you’re trying to explain to the driver to go to Guǐjiē (Ghost Street – a Beijing street famous for Hotpot restaurants) but he just looks at you with a blank stare….read more →

Pyongyang Marathon 2014: My first half marathon experience.

Pyongyang Marathon 2014: My first half marathon experience.

“Have you completely lost your mind?”, “Isn’t that dangerous?”, “Can’t you just run a half-marathon somewhere else?”.   These were the most common reactions when telling people about my plans. In fact, there was barely anyone who thought going to Pyongyang, North Korea to run the first ever marathon open for foreign amateurs was a good idea, it is a…read more →