Chinese

What to learn first when learning Chinese? When learning any language, you’re confronted with a choice. What to learn first? Where to focus my attention? This is particularly true of Chinese where, due to the fact that many native speakers of western languages are so unfamiliar with...

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...

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' ] 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...