What is Chinese language? Is it just one language? Is Chinese equal to Mandarin? No! Actually Chinese is a group of related, but in many cases very distinct, language varieties, also known as dialects. Mandarin, which is called Putonghua as well, is a standardized form of spoken Chinese based on the Beijing dialect. It is […]
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When you are talking about Chinese language, it might be a little confusing because there are so many different ways to describe the language: hànyǔ 汉语, zhōngwén 中文, pǔtōnghuà 普通话, guóyǔ 国语, huáwén 华文 and huáyǔ 华语. Hànyǔ 汉语 and Zhōngwén 中文 Both hànyǔ 汉语 and zhōngwén 中文 mean “Chinese language”. Pǔtōnghuà 普通话 is the official […]
Chinese language doesn’t have an alphabet. There are no letters that make up written words, only lines which together form a character, a sort of pictogram representing a word. So without letters, how can someone type words in Chinese? Fortunately, in 1949, Chinese language started using a roman alphabet system to represent the sounds of […]
Chinese and English are the most commonly spoken languages in the world with approximately 1.2 billion speakers each. Children in China speak Mandarin and sometimes a local Chinese dialect at home. They then learn English at primary school but parents often pay for English classes at a younger age outside of school. Currently, English is […]
Name: Santiago Robayo Nationality: Colombian Time in China: 7 weeks (out of 1 year) Chinese Level: HSK2, I’m now learning HSK3 Other Languages: Spanish (native), English, Italian, French GoEast Teachers: Stella Qiu 邱烨, and Ellie Liu 刘晓丹. Before I was taught by Myra Li 李璇 and Lilly Cheng 程垚. Favorite Chinese phrase/word: 你行你上 (nǐ xíng […]
Name: Mattijs, Annemieke Nationality: Dutch Time in China: 4 weeks (10 weeks total) Chinese level: Beginner (HSK 2) Other languages: Dutch (native), English, German, French GoEast teachers: Dana Chen 陈乔丹 and Sophia Suo 索菲娅 Favorite Chinese phrase: 好啊 (hǎo ā! excellent!) Two students, Mattijs and Annemieke, came to GoEast in late May from the Netherlands. […]
Eating a vegetarian diet has become quite popular in recent years, all over the world. In China, only 50 million people identify as eating vegetarian but since 17% of the population practices Buddhism which encourages vegetarianism, it’s easier than you might expect to find vegetarian food (素食sùshí) and entire restaurants without meat. Whether you follow […]
Modern life in China is moving further and further away from traditional values and traditions, one of which is arranged marriages. They still exist but many young Chinese people are following their heart rather than their parents’ wishes when it comes to long-term relationships.
Shanghai is notoriously one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. With the largest urban population in the world, it’s no wonder.