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Chinese Vocabulary: US Presidential Elections

Chinese Vocabulary: US Presidential Elections

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, you likely have heard A LOT about the recent presidential elections in the United States of America. The topic has been such a hot news source that the mention itself can be considered it’s own conversation starter. When you and your friends are out of ideas what to…read more →

Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary

Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary

Rio Olympics 2016: Chinese Vocabulary The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are now under way and it’s time to learn some Chinese words about sports! In this article, you’re going to learn some general and specific vocabulary about sports so you can talk about the Olympic Games with your Chinese friends. So, what are you waiting for… Ready, Steady, Go! The…read more →

Learning Shanghainese Part 2

Learning Shanghainese Part 2

This is part two of LTL’s “Learning Shanghainese” series where we follow Alex, the director of LTL Mandarin School in Shanghai in his quest to learn Shanghainese. Last time in part 1 we learned Alex’ reasons for wanting to learn Shanghainese, as well as his first experience with the learning materials. First lesson of Shanghainese was both a thrill and a nightmare…read more →

Pleco Review Part I

Pleco Review Part I

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 →

15 Facts About China!

15 Facts About China!

1. The modern word “China” is thought to derive from the Qin dynasty which ruled the country in the third century BC. The Sogdian (modern day Iran) traders referred to the people under the Qin rule as “chin” and the location as “China”. 2. 1 out of 5 people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is over 2 times larger…read more →

What’s it like to be gay in China?

What’s it like to be gay in China?

When I first came to Beijing I was a little nervous. I’d done the research and it all seemed to suggest that, although gay unions weren’t recognised in China, I’d have no problems living as a gay woman. It definitely wasn’t illegal and most people had a ‘if it’s not my business, I don’t care’ attitude. There wasn’t a wealth…read more →

Want an Eye-Opening Cultural Experience? Try Dining in China

Want an Eye-Opening Cultural Experience? Try Dining in China

Most people love Chinese food and it’s not hard to see why. Wherever there’s a Chinese community in a city, there will also be several Chinese restaurants. While the popularity of wantons and egg fried rice is undeniable, there’s also a new wave of restaurants in foreign countries creating fusion food, carefully blending Chinese flavors with a country’s traditional cuisine….read more →

Discovering China: The Dragon Boat Festival

Discovering China: The Dragon Boat Festival

On the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, Chinese people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 (Duānwǔ jié). During this holiday people commemorate the life and the death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan. QU YUAN Qu Yuan was a patriotic author during the 5th century B.C., who was serving the State of Chu. When some…read more →