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Hanzi for HSK 1-3

Hanzi for HSK 1-3

For most students, the biggest obstacle when trying to pass the HSK exam are the Chinese characters. While you do not have to write any characters for HSK 1 and 2, you do have to do so for HSK 3 onwards and you need to be able to read Chinese characters for all levels. The problem is that most Chinese…read more →

How to use Uber in China

How to use Uber in China

Uber and it’s Chinese rival DidiDache are currently locked in a ferocious battle for market share in China, which means incredibly low prices for consumers. According to Uber, they lost 1 billion USD in China last year alone as they charge very low fares while paying their drivers substantial bonuses out of their own pocket to make sure they have…read more →

My Son’s Shanghai Immersion Experience

My Son’s Shanghai Immersion Experience

My son Matt is 13 and has studied Chinese here in New Jersey for about 8 years, first at an immersion school, more recently on his own with a local tutor who is a native speaker.   His tutor recommended that we consider testing Matt several times a year to assess the quality of his Chinese as well as to provide…read more →

Our daughter’s Chinese course

Our daughter’s Chinese course

We are just back from two wonderful weeks in Beijing. While we had been worried about staying two weeks in Beijing, we found the city to be easy to navigate (the subway is easy and all stops are written and announced in English), food was delicious and inexpensive (we found multiple locations with fresh noodles and dumplings) and so many…read more →

China: Tomb Sweeping Festival – Qīngmíng jié

China: Tomb Sweeping Festival – Qīngmíng jié

Tomb Sweeping Festival Qīngmíng jié:  Every year on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, Chinese people celebrate 清明节 (Qīngmíng jié) “Tomb Sweeping Festival”, a day in which Chinese people pay respect to their ancestors. Even though the festival has more than 2,500 years of history, it only became an official public holiday in China in the year 2008. In order to…read more →

Review HelloChinese – Learn Chinese

Review HelloChinese – Learn Chinese

Summary: HelloChinese – Learn Chinese is an effective, fun and engaging way to learn Chinese. For beginners to advance learners, there is something for everyone.   App content: characters (writing), characters (reading), tones, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, listening, translation, lessons. Quick Rating Ease of Use              95%                            Fun Factor                90% Value for Money   100%                           Overall                       95%   Available on: Android, Apple…read more →

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Studying Chinese while working in Beijing

Some foreign expats come to China for their jobs but with the hope of picking up some of the local lingo. Many other foreigners will come to China specifically to learn Chinese. Whichever category you fall into, learning Chinese is inevitable regardless of your main motives. When living in China, even the most simple of tasks can be made challenging…read more →