‘The Geography of Thought’ by Richard E. Nisbett is a little gem that introduces you to the different dominant thinking structures of Westerners (e.g. US & Europe) with that of East Asians (e.g. China & Japan). These are differences you may be completely unaware of, but are useful to understand other cultures (and even languages […]
Mandarin is no longer confined to just China, as it’s increasingly spoken all across the world. In the ‘Chinese is a World Language’ series, GoEast follows some native as well as foreign Mandarin speakers. This time, Jaap Grolleman from the Netherlands, who since 2018 lives in Shanghai. “My hometown Hattem has around 11,000 citizens, with […]
Nets and knives have in common that their Chinese Hanzi characters look like what they depict. And there are many Chinese characters like that. With these memorization tips, learning Hanzi doesn’t need to be hard. Scroll down for our earlier posts, which includes rain and turtles.
Clashes of culture give rise to great stories, as well as conflict. The documentary American Factory (美国工厂) tells such a story, a dreary yet hopeful one — all around the metaphor of manufacturing glass. As a Mandarin student, you’ve probably experienced lots of culture clashes in China, both interesting and confusing, sometimes upsetting. Now imagine […]