Master Sun and His Art

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Imagine an era, with little states battling other states to increase their land, power and prestige. Bear in mind, that all these states are inhabited by people of the same race – Chinese, in this case – who later form the most populous country in the world. But that was much, much later, in BC Read More…

Monkey King

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If you were to turn on the TV in China at any point during the day, you’d be likely to encounter this image: a monk, a monkey, a pig and a bearded fella walking down a swamp. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but let’s go a step further by asking: who is Read More…

What is Daosim (Taoism) anyways?

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Daoism is among five religions recognized by the People’s Republic of China (along with Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism) and is presently managed by the National Daoist Association. At the core of Dao is 道 (Dào). The interpretations of 道 are many, but it can be explained as the ‘way’ or ‘path’, which is the core Read More…

You ask; we answer!

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A student recently asked us: A question about a small word in lesson 7…..qu It appears to mean area/neighbourhood/suburb in “Wo zhu zai Sydney qu”  (apologies, I don’t know how to add the accents to define the tones). But this doesn’t seem to fit in “Ni qu guo Australia?”  Can you please supply a literal Read More…

What’s your HSK test taking strategy?

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For some students of Chinese, HSK tests are obligatory and are seen as an objective indicator of your level of Chinese. In my experience, this especially tends to be the case with Korean students. I remember during my days of intensive Chinese study while living in Dalian, my Korean classmates would all locked up in Read More…

Waiter, a cup of Kafei please!

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Languages have always influenced each other and this influence is most notable in vocabulary. They frequently borrow words from each other and with time we might even forget where they original word came from in the first place. English language, especially, is prone to absorption of new words whether from Japanese like ‘samuari’, Spanish ‘taco’, Read More…

The world revolves around China

Post by Eva  

When buying a world map in China, you’ll instantly notice two things: 1. Everything is written with (tiny) Chinese characters 2. It’s Asia-centered with Asia placed in the middle of the map, Africa and Europe on the left and the Americas on the right side of the map. So, China is placed in the middle of Read More…

Chinese Astrology

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Throughout Chinese history, astrology (占星学 ZhānXīngXué) has always been closely linked with science (科学 KēXué) and philosophy (哲学 ZhéXué). It was believed that there are three primary forces of nature: heaven above, earth at the bottom and the man in between. The role of the man was in connecting the two other elements to create Read More…

What you don’t know about Chinese rivers

Post by Eva  

The first Chinese was spoken to me while I was still attending primary school. Back then our geography teacher – if not with skill, at least with conviction – said: ‘Yangzi’ and ‘Huanghe’. These, of course, are the names of the two most important rivers in China. In total, China has more than 1500 rivers, which Read More…

Student Question About Chinese Grammar

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I continue to enjoy learning Mandarin with you and thanks for the learning tips, even though I am not good at following them. My biggest problem is remembering the small additions that change tense. There seems to be several that do the same thing and knowing which to use is difficult. Is there a reference Read More…

Tsingtao and Qingdao

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Tsingtao beer comes from the lovely city of Qingdao (青岛 QīngDǎo) situated in the Chinese northeast. This city is loved by many, local and foreigners alike, and is actually mistakenly considered to be the capital of  Shandong (山东 ShānDōng) province – when in fact, that is the city of Ji Nan (济南 JǐNán). Until the Read More…

Buddhism in China

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One of the world’s most prominent religions is Buddhism, based on the teachings of Sakayumi Buddha. With estimated number of adherents somewhere between 350 and 550 million, Buddhism is the 4th largest religion in the world, following Christianity (in all shapes and sizes), Island and Hinduism. Originating in India, Buddhism was arrived to China more Read More…

Question about Mandarin Lesson 4

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A student asks: I am going over lesson 4 and a little confused about when to use ‘le’ or “mei” for past tense. Could I say either ” Ni chi le ne?” or “Ni chi mei chi?” – both meaning “Did you eat?” I’m also not sure about the use of “you” – Ni qu Read More…

When it’s too good to be true…Chances are, it is too good to be true.

Post by Eva  

In one of our previous posts we’ve mentioned the tea and gallery scams. Some students seemed to be confused about what actually happens there, so, this is a short summary of the net that might be cast your way someday as well. The gallery scam, or the art show scam, goes in the lines of Read More…

Tortoises VS Turtles in Chinese Culture

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I have seen a fair share or tortoises while staying in China. In jade, bronze or stone, they are featured everywhere, and most importantly, respected. My first encounter with a tortoise of such kind ocurred during my first adventure into the Chinese speaking world, when during my attempt to climb on a gigantic stone statue of Read More…

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