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Archive for January, 2015

Taking a Chinese Taxi Posted by on Jan 29, 2015

In the last post, I introduced some useful vocabulary for taking a taxi in China. As I mentioned, cab drivers are one of your best resources for practicing Chinese, and they can also give you great insights into Chinese culture and daily life. I’ve had many a conversation with Chinese cabbies over the year, and…

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Chinese Taxi Cab Confessionals Posted by on Jan 26, 2015

When people ask me where and how I learned to speak Chinese, I often reply by saying, “In Beijing taxis” (在北京出租车里面 – zài běi jīng chū zū chē lǐ miàn). Although I say it jokingly and it’s usually followed by laughter from the Chinese person, I’m actually quite serious. When I first started taking Chinese…

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Fujian Tulou Video Tour – Part Two Posted by on Jan 26, 2015

In Part Two of our tulou adventure, visit the Gaobei cluster – home to the most famous earthen building of them all. The “King of Tulou” is a massive structure with nearly 400 rooms that once housed up to 800 people. While this is by far the most touristy section of the tulou, it’s worth…

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You Speak Chinese Very Well! Posted by on Jan 22, 2015

Chinese is a difficult language to master, and nobody knows this more than the Chinese themselves. As such, people in China are often quite impressed to hear foreigners speaking their language, even at the most basic level. If I had a dollar for every time a Chinese person told me how great my Mandarin is…

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Fujian Tulou Video Tour – Part One Posted by on Jan 19, 2015

Join us on a video tour of the incredible tulou buildings of southeast China’s Fujian province. In part one, check out a cool hostel where you can base yourself, cycle through a village, explore a deserted tulou, and wind down with a night at a hot springs park. 土楼 – tǔ lóu tulou (earthen building)…

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Exploring the Fujian Tulou Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

On our recent trip to Fujian province, we started off with a short beach vacation in Xiamen. While we had a good time exploring Gulangyu island and wandering through the night market, the main reason for coming to southeast China was to get out and see the famed tulou (土楼 – tǔ lóu) villages. These…

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A Guide to Counting in Chinese Posted by on Jan 14, 2015

One of the most important things you’ll learn at the beginning of your language studies is how to count. After all, it’s kind of hard to do your grocery shopping without knowing the numbers. There have been quite a few posts about counting in Chinese on the blog over the years, so we’ve got you covered…

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