Whether you are already enjoying your China experience or just about to start your adventure in this amazing part of the world, we believe that our selection of easy-to-use and entertaining online resources will be of great aid to you in your Mandarin learning endeavours!
Chinese is a pretty tricky language for most foreigners to pick up. One of the main reasons for this is because of 'tones' - a very important aspect of Chinese language that can mean the difference between calling someone a 'Mother' and a 'Horse'! The following is a Chinese tongue twister that showcases the important of using tones, give it a go!
My expectations of Beijing before arriving was that of an over-populated, heavily polluted city where every native was out to take advantage, in one way or another, of my “foreigness”. I’m fully aware this sounds reminiscent of a Hollywood setting for a dystopian future, but for some time this is honestly what I thought. During the plane ride to Beijing (and the many weeks leading up to said plane ride) I constantly questioned my motives (and sanity) for choosing to embark on such an adventure.
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 task.
Studying in China can be difficult and offers new problems one might not come across when studying in the West. There are certain ways to get the most out of your studies in China and be the most efficient.
It might be hard to imagine what your life in China could be like, so I thought I'd share what a normal day in my China looks like. Not that all internships look the same, but it might give you a better idea of what it can be like.
Of course, the main reason you come as an intern to China is to be an intern; to work hard, learn a lot and improve your CV. But you won’t be working all the time and having fun in your spare time will make your stay even more rewarding and memorable. Here are some tips on what to do when you’re not working.