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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 →

LTL’s Best Cheesy Chinese Chat-Up Lines!

LTL’s Best Cheesy Chinese Chat-Up Lines!

Have you been living in China for a while and in desperate need of finding someone to cuddle up to at night? Maybe you’re a student studying Chinese in China who wants a local girlfriend to practice your Chinese with? Or maybe you just a HUGE crush on a Chinese girl or guy in your home town and want to…read more →

Funny Mistakes made by Students Learning Chinese.

Funny Mistakes made by Students Learning Chinese.

When learning to speak a language it is important that we immerse ourselves in the environment. We have to take a deep breath and brave the streets and try and communicate with the locals. However, it is inevitable that we will make some mistakes and some of these mistakes may cause them to burst into fits of laughter. Here are…read more →

North Korea Marathon with LTL

North Korea Marathon with LTL

Visit North Korea, run (or watch) the very first amateur marathon in the country, and see yourself what the last real communist country on this planet is like. We leave Saturday at lunch time get into Pyoenyang after a bit more than an hour flight. After visiting the “Arch of Triumph” we check into North Korea’s main international hotel, the…read more →

Should I learn Chinese Characters?

Should I learn Chinese Characters?

While Chinese characters are an important part of Chinese culture and language, many people who study Mandarin are only interested to be able to speak Mandarin and not to read or write it. The  question many ask themselves then is  if they should invest the considerable time and effort necessary to learn Chinese characters or fully focus on what they…read more →

The Legend of Ghost Street or Where to Eat Hot Pot?

With the Winter coming down our doorstep, one dish that is will always be popular to warm us up is the Hot Pot. For the laymen who never heard of it, the Hot Pot (火锅huǒguō in Chinese) is at its base, a pot (bet you didn’t expect that one) with boiling soup. You choose the ingredients, which can vary from…read more →

1on1 Classes and Traveling through China

Before coming to China to learn Chinese, I had heard a lot that Chinese is a very difficult language and is almost impossible to learn due to having “thousands of letters”, so I was intrigued to read a bit about this scary language. Just reading a little bit about the logic behind character writing and formation made the language much…read more →

A Language Year with LTL

A Language Year with LTL

I have been learning Chinese at LTL Mandarin School for about 3 months in Beijing and will continue my course her until next year. LTL organizes a language course, accommodation and an internship in a Chinese company for me. The LTL Team The staff are at LTL are very friendly and I always have somebody to ask for help when…read more →

Learning Chinese as a family

Learning Chinese as a family

When looking for a language program, we had an extensive list of requirements for every member of our family. LTL put together a perfect program for all of us.  My sons took six hours of 2-on-1 classes per day and lived in homestays with Chinese families in both Beijing and Chengde.  With flexible class schedules, I was able to take…read more →

A parents perspective

A parents perspective

I am the father of a teenager, Tiare, who finished school last year. He wanted to take time out to learn a language before going to university. A challenge, as he only spoke one language, English, but also because he has reduced vision. Tiare was born with severe nystagmus and Irlen Syndrome (Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome). He does not have full…read more →