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Chinese for Travelers Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

Chinese for Travelers

It’s summer, and for a lot of people that means it’s time to travel. With kids out of school for the summer, many families plan their vacations for these warmer months. In China, beachside cities such as Qingdao and Xiamen are packed this time of year, as are scenic towns like Yangshuo or Lijiang. It’s also…

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Getting Around in Chinese Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

China is a massive country with equally massive cities. Trying to navigate your way around the Middle Kingdom and metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai can be quite intimidating – especially when you have to do it in Chinese! Anyone who has traveled to or lived in China can attest to the fact that English is…

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Top 10 of 2015 Posted by on Dec 30, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is almost behind us. You know what they say – “time flies like an arrow” (光阴似箭 – guāng yīn sì jiàn). Ok, maybe you haven’t heard that one before. There’s a new Chinese idiom for you to start using to impress your friends! Anyway, back to the task at…

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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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