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Is there a difference between Mandarin in China and Taiwanese Mandarin?

Is there a difference between Mandarin in China and Taiwanese Mandarin? The answer is “yes!” Taiwanese Mandarin is different than Mandarin in China.  The difference between Mandarin in China is Taiwan is pretty much just like the difference in English between two different locations. Mandarin Accents, Mandarin Dialects, and Taiwanese Mandarin Even within English, there[…]

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[Guest Post] 5 Fun and Easy Jokes in Chinese to Impress Your Friends

  5 Fun and Easy Jokes in Chinese to Impress Your Friends Chinese culture is one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world. This immense country contains nearly a fifth of the world’s population. As a result, it’s no surprise that Chinese culture embraces a huge range of different influences and styles. They have[…]

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Is Chinese a phonetic language?

Is Chinese a phonetic language? English speakers tend to have a lot of question about how Chinese as a language…. actually works. Is Chinese a phonetic language? What is the Chinese alphabet? How do Chinese learn their own language? Well, let’s go through these one at a time. Chinese is NOT a phonetic language Let’s[…]

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How to write your name in Chinese? | The 100 Most Common English Names in Chinese

How to write your name in Chinese? The 100 most common men’s and women’s names in Chinese Even if you don’t have a “Chinese Name,” you still have a Chinese name. That’s because the Chinese language takes common English names and puts them into the most phonetically similar sounds available in Chinese. Take the names[…]

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What’s the difference beween Chinese and Mandarin? Is Mandarin Chinese?

Usually, when you hear Mandarin you immediately associate it with Chinese. Heck, the two words usually appear right next to each other – “Mandarin Chinese!” But what exactly is the difference between Chinese and Mandarin? What does Mandarin mean by itself? Understanding the Chinese Language Chinese is the umbrella term for the whole language. It[…]

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How to learn Chinese through English

How to learn Chinese through English? Many students don’t even know how to approach learning the Chinese language at the beginning. To learn English (or other romance languages!), you first learn the letters of the alphabet, their sounds, how they combine into words, and so on and so forth. But, how to learn Chinese if there’s[…]

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5 Ways to Avoid Air Pollution in Beijing, China

5 Ways to Avoid Air Pollution in Beijing, China A lot of people ask how to avoid the infamous air pollution in Beijing. It’s a good question and I used to live in Beijing for a long time so I have some insights. But essentially what you’re asking is ‘how to avoid air’ because there’s[…]

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5 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Learn Chinese

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Be Learning Chinese In today’s world, Chinese is one of the hottest languages to learn. However, most people incorrectly assume that it’s a hard language to learn. It just isn’t true! If done right, Chinese can be one of the easiest languages to learn. And once they do learn[…]

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Live Music Taiwan: Directory of Bars, Practice Spaces, Festivals, and More!

Live Music Taiwan Directory This is a custom compiled list of all venues that have live music. The directory is most useful for musicians looking for places to play and where to check out the best live music in Taipei, Taizhong, KaoHsiung, and more! Click on the other sheet to see a list of music[…]

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18 Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Culture

18 Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Culture   China. The most populated country on the planet. With around 1.4 billion people, or 20% of the world’s population, you would think there are no secrets left regarding China’s rich heritage and culture. But I’ve got news for you. This vast country has a unique cultural[…]

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How Many Chinese Words Are There? How many Chinese Characters?

How many words are there in the Chinese language? Or how many Chinese characters are there? Is it the same or does it make a difference? Chinese is not English. Chinese is a comprised of pictograms that are referred to as characters. Characters are used alone or combined together to make Chinese words. One character[…]

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Where does the word “Chow” come from?

Where does the word “chow” come from? The word chow refer to food or rather anything edible that you’re going to make a meal out of. It is commonly used in the military in reference to meals. Colloquially, the phrase “chow down” means just to eat quickly and heartily. So what are the origins of the word?[…]