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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 →

Understanding the HSK exam

Understanding the HSK exam

The HSK language exam can be slightly different compared to other language exams. In order to get prepared and have the most efficient revision time we sat down with our director of studies, Gloria Hao, certified HSK examiner and LTL’s Director of Study, to help us understand the structure of the test and prepare for it.   Marking   HSK…read more →

Learn fluent Chinese while working full time?

Learn fluent Chinese while working full time?

This is a guest blog from our student Fabian, detailing his experiences of working full time in a busy job, and learning Chinese on the side. For busy professionals we offer special flexible classes in Beijing and in Shanghai. I arrived in China in fall 2013 with the mission to set up the Chinese sales subsidiary of my German company…read more →

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary ... cards!

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary … cards!

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary Christmas is just around the corner and this year, inspired by the success of our Building Blocks, we decided to give you a special present: a Chinese Christmas Vocabulary made of all the most useful words that will help you to talk about your traditions with your Chinese friends. Let’s get started! If you want some advice,…read more →

Retired and Learning Chinese in Beijing

Retired and Learning Chinese in Beijing

Recently I retired, and suddenly with so much time on my hands, was wondering what to do with myself. I really love travel and China is my favourite destination. I have been before and always regretted not being able to communicate with people. I feel you miss out on so much by not being to communicate with the local people….read more →

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

I started learning Mandarin Chinese more than five years ago. I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me on the street, but of course they just kept talking. I thought I should probably start trying to learn some Chinese vocabulary, just to make my life easier in China. I was teaching in Dongguan, the biggest factory town in Guangdong province, Southern…read more →

Thanksgiving Day Chinese Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Day Chinese Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Day Chinese Vocabulary Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States and in Canada when families gather together to share festive meals, enjoy parades, and watch football matches and TV shows. In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada nearly one month and a half earlier, on the second Monday of…read more →