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My First Chinese New Year in China

Sleepless Nights and Endless Fire Power Throughout history, family and food have been the basis of Chinese societies. Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival (春节) is thus the perfect medley of the two. It is that one time of the year where families from far-and-wide gather, share stories, and usher in the New Year over a pipping hot meal. This…read more →

Literal Chinese Translations of Country Names

Literal Chinese Translations of Country Names

Literal Chinese Translations of Country Names Have you ever wondered what your country’s name looks like in Chinese and what its meaning is? The literal Chinese translations of country names often results in some funny interpretations. Many of the Hanzi writings of foreign countries are supposed to reflect a nice meaning and also be phonetically similar (transliteration) to the original. However…read more →

My first month in Beijing

My first month in Beijing

Studying Mandarin had always been a dream of mine. I have always found the Chinese culture so exciting and interesting, plus, I have some good Chinese school friends who I’d always wanted to talk to in their native tongue and understand what they were saying when they would talk in class and laugh. Similarly, with aspirations to go into the…read more →

Love in China

Love in China

Love in China Let’s talk about something many young Chinese people are worried about : how to find love. Today it is quite difficult for the younger Chinese generations to find love due to their daily pressures of work and study which are very important in their life. The pressures of finding love in China First of all, it is important…read more →

Why You Should Learn Chinese in China

Why You Should Learn Chinese in China

Why you should learn Chinese in China. Learning to speak the mandarin language and understanding Chinese culture is a huge but enjoyable task and many people may leave themselves asking : “why should I learn Chinese in China?” The simplest answer I can give is “why wouldn’t you?” The task may seem big at first, immersing yourself in Chinese culture and…read more →

Chinese New Year traditions from around China

Chinese New Year traditions from around China

Thursday the 19th of February is Chinese New Years Day and will see the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. Families all across China will celebrate in their own traditional ways. Many will make Chinese dumplings (jiăozi - 饺子) as a family and hand out red envelopes (hóngbāo - 紅包) of money to their nearest and dearest. However, these local traditions go…read more →

My LTL Experience – Studying Chinese in Chengde

My LTL Experience – Studying Chinese in Chengde

I’d studied Mandarin on and off in England for three years whilst completing my degree in an unrelated field. Irregular lessons with a string of teachers and language partners got me to a stage where I could hold short conversations with Chinese friends patient enough to prompt me in places and overlook my repeated mistakes. Wanting to build on this…read more →

Chinese Characters- Their history and how to remember them!

Chinese Characters- Their history and how to remember them!

The history of Chinese characters The Chinese language is one of the oldest in the world. Unlike many languages, Chinese doesn’t have an alphabet and it’s not written as a series of letters that make sounds that give meaning but rather as a series of pictures that have meaning and sounds. Historians have found ancient Chinese writing script that dates back…read more →