Springtime is on it’s way! The snow is starting to melt, the flowers are blooming, and temperatures are on the rise. Even if you’re in one of China’s big cities, don’t’ fret: there’s an escape from the hustle and bustle where you can experience Spring in all it’s glory. Pack your bag, throw on your sneakers, and check out some of the amazing Springtime destinations in China. Read More
Let’s be honest, not all of us are studying Chinese to join an international symposium on quantum physics or to have discussions regarding the economic situation in Shanghai. Some of us want to learn the Chinese that you won’t be taught in school; the phrases necessary to have conversations with your best mates or lover. For this blog post, we’re delving into the sexier side of Mandarin and teaching you what you need to know in order to flirt with someone at a bar and hopefully seal the deal.
Avoid getting lost by learning directional vocabulary with ChinesePod’s Jillian Steward. In this video lesson, follow Jillian around NYC’s Chinatown as she goes over commonly used vocabulary that will allow you to ask for directions, as well as talk about common objects you will find on the street. Read more to view the video and read the review vocabulary and grammar points! Read More
Anyone who does business in China will come across the word “Guanxi” ［关系／關係］ sooner than later. Guanxi is one of those words in Chinese that can only be explained conceptually — it does not translate directly to the English language. It essentially refers to the interpersonal networks of people one builds that helps them succeed in business. There is a saying in Chinese: duō yīgè péngyǒu, duō yītiáo lù; this means ‘to have one more friend, to have one more way’.
Read more for a brief cultural explanation and five tips on how to achieve the elusive Guanxi. Read More
It doesn’t matter if you’re in China for a few days or commute everyday for work: this video post will teach you the essential vocabulary and sentence structures you will need to ride the subway train.
Read more for the full lesson notes, including vocabulary and sentences found in the video. Read More