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How to read a Chinese menu (Part 1)

One thing that a lot of people learning Chinese want to know is how to order food and how to read a menu, but I’ve found that a lot of Chinese textbooks barely talk about food at all. If you’ve ever seen a menu that’s all in Chinese with no pictures and freaked out, then […]

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Learn a language as if you had all the time in the world

You may be wondering what I’m talking about with this title, because after all, nobody has all the time in the world. Most of us have full time jobs and a whole host of other commitments. We feel that if we are going to learn to speak a language, we need to get there in […]

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5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages of Living in China

In this video, I talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in China, for those who are thinking of studying or working in the country. I have lived and studied in Beijing, Qingdao and Suzhou for long periods and I’ve also travelled around the country, so here are a few of my thoughts!

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Why I decided to learn Cantonese

Chinese is a general term for a variety of dialects, including Mandarin and Cantonese. In this Cantonese video, I attempt to explain why I wanted to learn this fascinating Chinese dialect as well as Mandarin.

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Why don’t we understand China?

To switch on English subtitles, move your mouse over the video and click on the subtitles icon

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How to use Chinese handwriting recognition on the iPhone/iPad

For iPhone / iPad users learning Chinese, it is possible to enter characters simply by writing them on the screen. You don’t even have to write them exactly right, even if you get the stroke order wrong or it doesn’t look pretty, the software can usually recognise what you write – and if you use […]

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The strange ways some Chinese act around foreigners

This is a video post about the unusual habits that some Chinese people have when they come across foreigners. To switch on English subtitles, click on the CC button at the bottom of the video window.

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How to access the Chinese dictionary on the iPhone/iPad

Another great feature for Chinese learners which is built in to the iPhone is the dictionary. Sure, there are a number of dictionary apps that you can install that have much more advanced capabilities, but for the convenience of looking up words in any application, this is a useful feature! Ever use your phone to […]

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1000 tastes of China – 1. Peking Duck

Vocabulary 北京烤鸭 běijīng kǎoyā – Peking duck 半只鸭 bàn zhī yā – half a duck 鸭汤 yā tāng – duck soup 东坡龙利鱼 dōngpō lónglìyú – braised sole fish with sauce 豆泡烧娃娃菜 dòu pào shāo wáwácài – Chinese baby cabbage with tofu in sauce 豆腐 dòufu – tofu 娃娃菜 wáwacài – Chinese baby cabbage 脆皮 cuìpí […]

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The History of China in Less than 20 Minutes

Learn the history of China in both English and Chinese, in under 20 minutes! If you can’t see the subtitles, move your mouse over the video and click the ‘CC’ button at the bottom.   Update May 27, 2014 :   Chinese text added. Translation courtesy of  Wen Guo, Ed.M., University at Buffalo The Chinese often […]

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