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[caption id="attachment_737" align="alignnone" width="579"] A Chinese pronunciation chart[/caption]One of the best things you can do for yourself before you arrive in China is to learn some Chinese. Those who live in China but are too lazy or busy to learn Chinese, end up regretting it. Why? Because life in China is not easy if you don’t speak the language and you’re limiting the number of opportunities you’ll have.When researching where to study Mandarin, you’ll have to take a look at how much time you have. If you have enough time to be a full-time student, you can apply to pretty much any university in China. Many of them offer MandaRead More
[caption id="attachment_517" align="alignnone" width="597"] Web search in Chinese[/caption]A common misconception about the Chinese language is that it is the same all over China and if you speak Mandarin, you can understand everyone in the country. The official Chinese language of China may indeed be Mandarin, but not only are there various Mandarin dialects, there are a host of other varieties of Chinese, such as Wu (spoken in Shanghai), Min (spoken in Taiwan), and Yue (spoken in Guangdong province and Hong Kong) otherwise known as Cantonese. Each town or city then takes on their own version of the primary Chinese variety of their province. The overarching label of "the ChineRead More
[caption id="attachment_610" align="alignnone" width="822"] A Chinglish sign[/caption]Learning Chinese is not something that you can do without help. We highly recommend coming to China to learn Chinese, but if you aren't able to travel halfway across the world, here are some of the best Chinese websites to learn Chinese on your own wherever you are right now.
For many westerners Far East culture is a mysterious thing: it's so distant from our own Western world geographically, culturally, and linguistically. It’s no wonder then, those few of us who are brave enough to make the move to such a distant land as China that even fewer of us are willing to put forth the effort to learn the language. It’s one thing to move to China, (most of us are teaching English anyways) and it is quite another to seriously attempt to learn the language- and possibly fail. The fear of being laughed at, misunderstood, or just not understood at all is enough to keep most expats at bay on the safe shores of English.I get it, the myriad of squiggly lines, boxes, lack of punctuRead More