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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 →

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 →