Tag Archives: Speaking Chinese

Back to basics: 5 Chinese phrases I wish I would know from the start

Back to basics: 5 phrases I wish I would know from the start 1. Getting around When walking down the streets of China, no matter how confident your walk and no matter how good your Chinese is, your looks will always betray you and in the eyes of Chinese you shall forever remain a foreigner. Read More…

How to: Start Speaking Chinese and Get Going

No matter what your starting point is, a university student 大学生 (DàXuéShēng), self-learner 自学 (ZìXué), or a devoted spouse of a Chinese native, get ready for some awkwardness 尴尬 (GānGà). Your first Chinese syllables uttered for the audience of at least “you + 1” (the mirror doesn’t count), will most probably turn out to be a Read More…

What a Colorful World

  Let’s recap, in Chinese language colors carry their own meanings: red (红色 HóngSè) is obviously good, white (白色 BáiSè) is bad and green is eco (绿色 LǜSè). Well, green has only recently become eco, so there is not yet a place for greenhouses or green thumbs, and we shall have to instead make do Read More…

Running Errands: Banks

  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…

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