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

Difference Between Chinese and Mandarin 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[…]

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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 in 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[…]

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[Guest Post] 4 Reasons to Study in China

Four Reasons to Study in China The rapid economic development of China in recent years has led to a nation buzzing with hope and opportunity. It’s no wonder that so many people have started learning Chinese and are interested in acquiring an education in Asia. Anyone looking at the future will tell you that it’s[…]

chinese word chow origins

Where does the word “Chow” come from?

The Word “Chow” 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[…]

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A guide to Chinese calligraphy: handwriting tips for beginners

handwriting tips for beginners Learning the Chinese language can be a tough order for any Western speaker. The two main Chinese languages, Mandarin and Cantonese, come from the Sino-Tibetan branch of languages. Meanwhile, most Western speakers speak a language from the Indo-European branch of languages. This means that there are very few similarities that Western[…]

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Chinese 24 Solar Terms and Winter Solstice (Dongzhi Festival)

Winter’s coming in the Northern Hemisphere! And speaking of winter, there’s winter solstice, or midwinter, an astronomical phenomenon that has the shortest daytime and longest nighttime of the year. Winter Solstice in Chinese culture, also known as “Dongzhi” (冬至,  Dōngzhì), is coming this year on December 22nd, which would be one of the annual celebrated[…]

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Famous Chinese Myths You Must Know Part 2 – China’s Four Great Folktales

Chinese Myths You Must Know As mentioned in previous article Famous Chinese Myths You Must Know (Part 1), some of the Chinese myths have a comparative “Western version,” how the universe and men were created, scary fairy tales, and love stories. In part 2, you will know the famous and classic Chinese folktales that together,[…]