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Chinese Swear Words

Chinese Swear Words

Here at LTL we strongly believe in the power of full immersion in China and, of course, when you’re learning a language, you don’t just need to learn how to talk about the weather and how to describe your outfit. You also need juicy content that will make you feel an active listener and speaker… even when the conversation goes…read more →

Understanding Modern China Through Idioms

Understanding Modern China Through Idioms

Understanding Modern China Through Idioms Chinese is a contextual language, meaning speakers of Chinese will not usually voice their direct meaning, but rather talk around what they actually mean. One way they do this is through using idioms, known in Chinese as 成语 – chéngyǔ. Even though some idioms can claim ancient origins dating back to Confucius and Menicus, they…read more →

Learning Chinese - Happy Hallowe'en

Learning Chinese – Happy Hallowe’en

Learn Chinese with LTL – Hallowe’en Special Hallowe’en night is coming! This is the perfect time to talk about masks, costumes, and monsters! But do you know how to talk about all of these things in Chinese? Here you will find some typical, wicked words and phrases you’ll need to talk about Halloween in Chinese! Hallowe’en Vocabulary with LTL Mandarin School…read more →

A Chinese Horror Story: The Chinese Doll

A Chinese Horror Story: The Chinese Doll

A Chinese Horror Story: The Chinese Doll Forget about Annabelle, Chucky and IT, because now you will get to know the story of a creepy Chinese Doll called Sam… A Chinese Horror Story with LTL Mandarin School Izzy, a lovely 8-year-old girl, got given a beautiful china doll for her birthday as a gift. She loved her present and she…read more →

How to argue in Chinese: 25 useful expressions

How to argue in Chinese: 25 useful expressions

How to argue in Chinese While attending your Chinese Classes you will learn how to meet and greet people, how to introduce yourself and how to invite someone to an event or for dinner. If you are lucky some of your teachers might also teach you one or two “naughty words” in Mandarin, but will you ever learn how to handle a verbal fight…read more →

Top 12 Funniest Literal Chinese Translations of City Names

Top 12 Funniest Literal Chinese Translations of City Names

Chinese to English translations sometimes don’t quite make much sense. Although Chinese is an incredibly logical language to learn we can’t help but enjoy some of the translations and they filters through to names of Cities as well. Below we look at 12 different cities, their Chinese name (Hanzi and Pinyin), and what that literally means when translated character by…read more →

Why learning Chinese is not so difficult

Why learning Chinese is not so difficult

Starting to learn a new language can appear daunting. Especially when that language bares absolutely zero resemblance to your current language. For many people that is exactly the case with Chinese but it should not appear scary. Chinese is actually great fun to learn and once you start to build the pieces of the language together it starts to make a…read more →

Mid-Autumn Festival: The Legend of Chang’E Flying to the Moon

Mid-Autumn Festival: The Legend of Chang’E Flying to the Moon

Mid-Autumn Festival the legend of Chang’E On the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, people in China celebrate 中秋节(zhōngqiū jié)  ” Mid–Autumn Festival “. Zhōngqiū jié is the second most important festival after Chinese New Year and it was first celebrated to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. It is also known as  “The Moon Festival” as it is celebrated when the moon…read more →