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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 →

Chinese Vocabulary: Nintendo

Chinese Vocabulary: Nintendo

If you grew up during the 90’s and enjoyed video games, you were likely under the same influence as yours truly when you got your first Nintendo Entertainment System (红白机 hóngbáijī, lit. Red and White Machine). Ever since then Nintendo (任天堂 rèntiāntáng) has remained a powerhouse with a plethora of famous video games, which are both family-friendly and memorable, due to…read more →

Pleco Review  Part II (Flashcards)

Pleco Review Part II (Flashcards)

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 →

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY IN MANDARIN

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY IN MANDARIN

HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY IN MANDARIN Halloween night is just around the corner and it’s a great time to expand your Chinese vocabulary with some typical wicked words you might hear or need to use during this spooky holiday: USEFUL HALLOWEEN VOCABULARY WORDS: Halloween= 万圣节(wànshèngjié) Literally “Ten Thousand Saints Festival” Costume = 服装 (fúzhuāng) Halloween Mask =面具 (miàn jù) Trick or Treat? = 不给糖就捣蛋 (bùgĕitáng jiùdăodàn) If you don’t give me the candies, I…read more →