Category Archives for "Culture & Language"

Chinese Characters Are Not Too Hard

At first glance, chinese characters even as simple as this 一个 can be daunting. To consider how many characters there are and how different they can be is enough to cause most people to give up and focus on speaking. However, there are some tips to learning Chinese characters that simplify them to an achievable […]

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China: Food & Restaurants

From the famous “Peking Duck” to the putrid smells of the “Stinky Toufu”, China serves a broad spectrum of dishes and cuisines to tickle and tantalize any ones taste buds. China’s food ranges from the simple singular flavored dishes to the complex colours and textured courses which show cases the influences of the different regions […]

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Beijing: Past & Present

In the early 1400’s the city was named Beijing (“Northern Capital”) and became the official capital of China.  Since the government’s economic reforms starting in the 1980’s the city has been transformed into a modern cultural centre. People say that the real culture of Beijing is “the culture of hutong” and “the culture of courtyard”. […]

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Chinese Holidays & Festivals

The Chinese observe two sets of holidays, official and traditional. In addition, minority nationalities in China have their own unique celebrations. Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao also have their own official and traditional holidays The Chinese observe two sets of holidays, official and traditional. In addition, minority nationalities in China have their own unique celebrations. […]

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Mandarin Language

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, and the language of the world’s most populous nation – China. Due to the rise of China’s economic clout, many people are interested in learning Mandarin. Language classes, textbooks, and digital resources (such as CD’s and websites) make Mandarin more accessible than ever before. […]

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Mandarin Lessons

Learning a new language can be a daunting things. Our friends at China Radio International have made this animated video series to make learning Mandarin fun and easy How to say basic greetings Lesson 1 Video 1 Making acquaintances Lesson 2 Video 2 Where do you live Lesson 3 Video 3 Family Lesson 4 Video 4 […]

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Chinese 酒 – Alcohol In China

Here are some good tips for those who want to get a business deal done over the dinner table. They might sound very simple, but it is considered important in the local culture. “Gan Bei!” like the English “Cheers!” can sometimes be the two most dreaded words in China. Often, business dinners and other social […]

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How To Make Chinese Friends

Making friends in a new country can be crazy and scary, especially if the language of that country is unfamiliar. Sometimes to make friends it requires a certain amount of creativity; you must be willing to put some work in and step outside of your comfort zone. Preparation is key. The more time you have […]

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