China

Languages are an interesting phenomenon. Simultaneously uniform in their composition yet distinct from one another, both constricted by grammatical rules and vocabulary yet flexible enough to say whatever you want to say in whatever way you want to say it. Languages are both shaped by, and...

Do Chinese kids really work that hard?  If you were asked to think about some of the characteristics of Chinese society, what comes to mind? For most people with no prior China experience, this might be quite a difficult question to answer. There is one stereotype,...

The world's a funny old place. Patches of land inhabited by sophisticated apes, proclaiming sovereignty from other neighbouring patches of land and that, over the course of time, have developed habits and ways of living that make one patch of land distinct from...

What's it like to live abroad? Most people will, at some point in their life, have wondered what it's like to live abroad. Everything you’ve ever known, everyone you’ve ever met, a set of customs and practices that have been ingrained into you since Day 0...

Learning tones. What’s the secret? For many learners of Chinese, the very idea of ‘tones’ can be enough to scare them away. If you’re thinking, are Chinese tones difficult? You’re not alone. Indeed, many Chinese learners become paralysed with a toneaphobia, a phobia that, if not...

HSK stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试) literally meaning “Mandarin Level Test”. It is organized by Hanban (汉办) the part of the Chinese education ministry also in charge of the Confucius Institutes (孔子学院).   [ARForms_popup id=110 desc='SIGN ME UP' type='fly' position='left' height='auto' width='800' angle='90' bgcolor='#7cd653' txtcolor='#FFFFFF' ] Whether...

[ARForms_popup id=110 desc='SIGN ME UP' type='fly' position='left' height='auto' width='800' angle='90' bgcolor='#7cd653' txtcolor='#FFFFFF' ] When you think about where to study Chinese in China, the first cities that come to mind are Beijing and Shanghai. And why not? As two of the most populated cities in China,...

Whatever you like, China's got it Whatever your interests, China’s sure to have it abundance. Enjoy fast-paced city-life? China’s modern day mega-cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Shenzhen have it all, with all the international amenities that you could expect to find in London and...

[ARForms_popup id=110 desc='SIGN ME UP' type='fly' position='left' height='auto' width='800' angle='90' bgcolor='#7cd653' txtcolor='#FFFFFF' ] Where to start? In a country as rich in history as it is in cultural traditions, food and landscape, the reasons to come to China are endless. If you ever ask any of...

[ARForms_popup id=110 desc='SIGN ME UP' type='fly' position='left' height='auto' width='800' angle='90' bgcolor='#7cd653' txtcolor='#FFFFFF' ] Coming to China was the best decision we ever made. The only regret? Not coming sooner! Interning in China is the perfect place to make yourself stand out from the rest when it...

[ARForms_popup id=110 desc='SIGN ME UP' type='fly' position='left' height='auto' width='800' angle='90' bgcolor='#7cd653' txtcolor='#FFFFFF' ] With close to one billion native speakers Mandarin Chinese is the second most widespread language in the world, exceeded only by English. What’s more, it’s actually not as difficult as you think! While...