Chinese TV-Shows: iPartment
iPartment Chinese TV show
Post by Eva  

  iPartment or 爱情公寓 ÀiQíng GōngYù (lit. “love apartment”) is an extremely popular Chinese sit-com inspired by the American series “Friends” , and it’s the thing right now in China. WhenI say inspired, I mean it: like Friends, it follows a group of young professionals who are also neighbors, living and working in a busy Read More…

Chinese Lesson 5: DuoShao Vs ShenMe

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A common confusion students of Chinese face is “DuoShao” versus “ShenMe”. A student asks: In lesson 5 you say “nin de dian hua hao ma shi duo shao” for what is your telephone number.  Why isnt it “nin de dian hua hao ma shi shenme” (lit: your telephone number is what).  why do you use Read More…

Student Question About Chinese Lesson 40

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A student asks the following question: 1. When Zhang is saying to Lu “please prepare 6 drumsticks, peel off the skin, put into a pot and boil”. Where she says “Fang Jin Guo Li Zhu”. What is the purpose of the “Li” ? I see it is the same character as in ZheLi, NaLi, LiMian. Read More…

WeChat; or Do We?
Post by Eva  

  Yes we do! You’ve heard of WeChat, haven’t you? (some say it’s the next big thing after sliced bread); it’s an instant messaging app (that is much more than that) taking over the world. It’s a combo of Skype (video calls); walkie-talking, and IM (like WhatsApp), and still much more than that. WeChat can Read More…

Eating Out: What Exactly is the Fuwuyuan Saying?
Eating out in China
Post by Eva  

  In our last post we looked at some tips that will help you maintain your cool when dinning out in China. Well, sadly, just looking cool isn’t enough these days; in order to impress your date, you’ll also have to utter some Chinese phrases. But, hold your horses, if you want to know exactly Read More…

Eating Out: How to Handle Yourself
Chinese Restaurant
Post by Eva  

If you are living in China, you are probably, like me, eating out for most of the time; the food is rather cheap, fast, tasty, and (sometimes) healthy. We’ve collected some cultural tips that will make your dinning experience even more enjoyable: First of all, expect people smoking everywhere: China is a smoker’s paradise and Read More…

Why All the Fuss Around New Year’s Gala?
Spring Festival Gala
Post by Eva  

I’ve recently mentioned how watching Spring Festival gala is something one must do on the eve of Spring Festival. Strangely enough,many people also told me they don’t particularly enjoy watching it. I decided to dig deeper and conduct my own investigation, by interviewing young professionals about what CCTV New Year’s Gala means to them and Read More…

Running Errands: Banks
In a Chinese Bank
Post by Eva  

  Whenever I need to have dealings with a bank in China, I take these necessary measures: empty my bladder, prepare a snack, a decent page-turner, warm socks (in the winter); and just generally brace myself for a long wait. The best time to go there is between 10-11 am; going earlier you’ll risk bumping Read More…

Red, Red Wine
Chinese White Wine Baijiu
Post by Eva  

It’s funny really, but due to some cultural characteristics white (grape) wine is somewhat under-appreciated in China. As a fan, I was quite affected, and I decided to get to the bottom of this mystery, only to be faced with the following (shocking, mind-blowing, kind-a-obvious) discovery: Firstly, the existence of Baijiu should be mentioned, (we Read More…

Welcome to Harbin International and Snow Sculpture Festival
Harbin Ice Festival
Post by Eva  

Here are a couple of things that Harbin is known for: the beer (HARBIN啤酒 PíJiǔ), the cold, oh-so-cold winters, the very clean and easily understood Mandarin spoken by the locals (convincing even some winter-averse laowais to pick Harbin as their destination for studying Chinese); and the Sculpture Festival. Now annual Harbin International Snow Sculpture Festival Read More…

Survival Skills: How to Handle Your First Spring Festival
Spring Festival Frustration
Post by Eva  

If you have a Chinese (boy/girl) friend, you will most probably be invited to their home for the celebration. Do say yes;  this will give you an invaluable insight into Chinese culture (and some pretty hilarious, post-Baijiu – photos!) So yes, it is a big honor, but at the same time, it will also be Read More…

Chinese New Year aka Spring Festival
Spring Festival Fireworks
Post by Eva  

Imagine combining traditions of Christmas and New Year’s bang, and possibly the celebrations of 4th of July in US. Imagine a constant bang, puff and pang for a period of fifteen days; imagine eerily deserted streets covered with inches and inches of gunpowder and red paper wraps (from the firecrackers), and you’ll get close to Read More…

Shopping Online: Your Guide to Using Yihaodian Part II
Prices in Yihaodian
Post by Eva  

One of our readers requested a sequel to the ‘categories’ aspect of shopping in Yihaodian; and as your humble servant, I shall happily abide. Let’s talk more about searching for products. Well, first of all, even if your Chinese isn’t very good, inputting can be done in English, pinyin or Chinese characters; of course, searching Read More…

Being Sick in China
Having a Cold in China
Post by Eva  

It’s inevitable; there comes the season (every couple of months it seems) when there is coughing and sneezing all around you, and you are just waiting for your turn. Which always comes; mind you, germs are everything but scarce here in China. Away from your usual bowl of Campbell soup, what are you to do Read More…

Hot Pot 101
How to Eat Hot Pot
Post by Eva  

It’s that time of the year; the weather is cold and you are always in the constant search for your next bowl of hot liquids (possibly with noodles). Well, let me tell you all, hot pot is in! For those of you who don’t have the slightest of what I am talking about, do read Read More…

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