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Easy ways of making learning Chinese fun

Easy ways of making learning Chinese fun

People have realized that the future lays in preparing for the future. And since many things in the world are from and made in China, it is a logical step for people to want to learn the Mandarin Chinese language. Learning Mandarin and moving to China is a great step to take for a brighter future. But as you start learning Chinese you will see that is not that easy, especially because is so different from English. 

No language is easy to learn, so you don’t have to be afraid. Westerners find it a little bit more difficult because it’s a tonal language and it is a language without an alphabet, but with characters. Do not fear Chinese and believe in yourself and your powers.

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Five best secrets to learn Mandarin Chinese fast

Five best secrets to learn Mandarin Chinese fast
Mandarin learning is not as hard as most people think. The learning process is quite easy if you use the secret advice of individuals who have successfully learned Mandarin Chinese. These secrets will help you learn Mandarin better and help you master it faster.  Secret No.1: Find ways to connect with Mandarin  The top important thing when learning Mandarin is to find the means to connect with it. It will be much harder if you don’t find the inspirational reason to learn it. If you try learning it just to pass your exam, your brain will perceive it as a chore, and it will assimilate harder.  But if you try watching some Mandarin TV movies or shows, listen to the Mando-pop and review your notebook once a day, you will see that learning Mandarin can be fun. You can also try to find a foreign friend or a language partner with whom you can study and practice the spoken language. Hanging out with people that know the language can make the learning process go much faster than learning on your...
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Paid Vacation in China: What Are Your Rights?

Paid Vacation in China: What Are Your Rights?
Summer is coming, and if you’ve come to China to study and work, you may be wondering about those precious moments, the vacation time. Maybe you’ve heard in the news that a third of workers in China never enjoyed paid vacation days or that almost 20% are frequently working on the weekend. In this article, you will learn what rights you have as an employee in China. How much vacation time you are entitled too The Chinese labor laws state that every employee that has worked continuously for 12 months is entitled to paid annual leave. The legal vacation period is as follows. For:  Between 1 year and 10 years of service, you receive 5 days of vacation (1 week) Between 10 and 20 years of service, you receive 10 days of vacation (2 weeks) More than 20 years of service you receive 15 days of vacation (3 weeks) You need to know that “years of service” refers to the total years of employment, regardless of the employer. This means that even if you are a new employee somewhere, you...
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TOP 4 cities in China where you can live and work

TOP 4 cities in China where you can live and work




If you want to move to China, you should firstly put a thought in which city you want to live. There are a lot of amazing places in China that have a unique character and distinct advantages and disadvantages. So if you want to move to China, and you are still not certain where you want to live and work, here is a list of the top cities in China of our choice.  Shenzhen Just 30 years ago Shenzhen was a simple fishing village until the government decided that it is a special economic zone, and the industry boomed. Now Shenzhen is one of the most influential cities in China and the world.  Shenzhen gathers people from all over the country and the world. With a population of more than 12 million people, Shenzhen borders Hong Kong and has excellent links with Guangzhou (1 hour via high-speed train).  If you move to Shenzhen, you will see that it offers a very international lifestyle, with excellent restaurants, bars, and clubs. Also, the streets, parks and buildings were all designed by international...
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10 places in Beijing to eat & drink under 30 USD











For a foreigner who comes to live in China for the first time, Beijing can be truly overwhelming: a lot to see, many places to go and many new things to try, not to mention an amazing shopping experience. Sometimes it might be hard to benefit from all Beijing has to offer with a limited budget. To help newcomers from all over the world to have a great time in Beijing without high expenses, we have created a list of the 10 TOP affordable hangouts. Eat, drink and enjoy your time in China! Western  Lush  2/F, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Road, Haidian District, nearest subway – Wudaokou (五道口), Exit B 海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口城铁站对面) Lush is definitely one of the oldest and most popular student hangouts in Wudaokou area – for 12 years now, people have been eating burgers, sandwiches, salads and drinks here, almost 24/7. Lots of students come there to grab a bite and read in the afternoon as well as have dinner or a late night snack after clubbing. Needless to say that Lush is always a vibrant and...
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Chinese Business Culture – do’s and don’ts in Chinese office

Chinese Business Culture – do’s and don’ts in Chinese office
A couple of valuable insights Everyone gets nervous before starting a new job – it is always complicated to blend into a completely new business culture and learn to perform in terms of new responsibilities as fast as possible. Stress increases when you are faced with a foreign culture on top of that.  Getting used to specific cultural aspects while you are trying to do business, can be hard and sometimes frustrating, especially in China, where business practices are really different from those in the West. But we all are masters of our own life and habits, so we can definitely relate to what Professor Xavier from “X-men” once said – every skill, habit or gift is just a muscle, and indeed it can be trained.  To ease up the shock and help a newcomer become a superhero in the Chinese working environment, we have prepared for you some do’s and don’ts about working in China.  Firstly, let’s start with Don’ts: 1. Don’t rush into getting straight to business In China not all business people begin important discussions the moment...
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5 of the most amazing places to visit on a short break from Shanghai

5 of the most amazing places to visit on a short break from Shanghai





Everybody knows Shanghai for its modernity and mesmerizing city landscape. In Shanghai, you find everything from an amazing skyline to old bustling areas. There is always something new you can discover in this diverse and beautiful metropolitan city. Millions of people visit Shanghai every year. But as a local it is much more pleasant to get away from the high-rises and boulevards. In this article, you will learn about five places you can visit on a short break from Shanghai. 1. Zhouzhuang Water Town This town is located 80 km west of Shanghai and is known as the number one water town in China. Zhouzhuang translated means “Zhou’s village” and is named after Zhou Digong, a pious Buddhist, who donated in 1088 all his land (13 hectares) to the local Fuquan Temple. With a rich history of more than 900 years, this old water town has become a cradle of Oriental culture, with pristine and simple customs, unique folklore, ancient canals, stone bridges, and residential houses. You can visit this unique place in one day and still arrive back to...
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Top 10 Superheroes from American to Mandarin Chinese

Top 10 Superheroes from American to Mandarin Chinese



Marvel and DC comics have been turning comic book characters into films quite a lot these days. Chinese people have become more and more familiar with American superheroes such as: Iron Man, Superman, Spiderman, X-men, The Avengers, Justice League, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, and others. But in Mandarin Chinese, the name of the superheroes is a little bit different than the one you know. In this article you will learn the name of your favorite characters and some words from their story, such as: (超能力 (chāo néng lì) - Super Powers 瞬间移动 (Shùnjiān yídòng) - Teleportation 变形 (biàn xíng) - Shapeshifting 隐形 (yǐn xíng) - Invisibility 超人力量/神力 (chāo rén lì liàng / shén lì) - Superhuman strength 飞行 (fēi xíng) - Flying 超人速度 (chāo rén sù dù) - Superhuman speed The most famous and loved superheroes are Superman and Batman. And although FluentU mistakes them as part of the Marvel family, you probably know they are from DC.  1. Superman: 超人(chāo rén), also known as Man of Steel: 钢铁之躯 (gāng tiě zhī qū), is actually Clark Kent: 克拉克·肯特 (kè lā...
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10 Mandarin Chinese Slang Words You Have To Know

10 Mandarin Chinese Slang Words You Have To Know
In the English language, there are a lot of slang words. People use them in their everyday life, and it helps them interact better. In addition, new slang words are being constantly created so if you want to stay hip, you have to update your slang words database regularly. When you learn a new language and culture, one of the best things you can do is to learn the slangs of that particular language. You not only acquire new words, but you learn the words and expressions people use on a regular basis. Imagine you being in a group and people starting to talk using slangs that translated make have no meaning. You would be confused, right? Most American and English slang words have found their way in the Mandarin Chinese. The young generation, teens, young professionals, and trendsetters are the ones that use them the most. In this article, you will find the top 10 most used slang words and expressions in Mandarin Chinese. 1. 太棒了! (tài bàng le) - Awesome! This is the literal translation of this popular...
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10 House Words from Game of Thrones in Mandarin Chinese

10 House Words from Game of Thrones in Mandarin Chinese









OK, it’s a very special article only Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire fans will understand.  We all know that each of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms have their own official family slogan, or "words". Such as House Baratheon's words "Ours is the fury!" or well-known House Stark’s words, the ominous warning "Winter is coming".  We bet you didn’t know how to say these house words from Game of Thrones in Chinese. Well, now you do, and we have no idea how are you going to use it. So just have fun!  1. House Targaryen of King's Landing - Fire and Blood 坦格利安家族——血火同源  Tǎn gé lì'ān jiāzú——xuè huǒ tóng yuan   2. House Stark of Winterfell - Winter Is Coming 史塔克家族——凛冬将至 Shǐ tǎ kè jiāzú——lǐn dōng jiāng zhì   3. House Greyjoy of Pyke - We Do Not Sow 葛雷乔伊家族——强取胜于苦耕 Gé léi qiáo yī jiāzú——qiáng qǔshèng yú kǔ gēng   4. House Tully of Riverrun - Family, Duty, Honor 徒利家族——家族、责任、光荣流传 Tú lì jiāzú——jiāzú, zérèn, guāngróng liúchuán   5. House Lannister of Casterly Rock - Hear...
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The Top 3 Best Fields For An Internship In China

The Top 3 Best Fields For An Internship In China
photo credit: Gongaza University If you have decided to move to China or are already here, then you surely must know that the best way to kick-start your career would be to do an internship. We understand that it can get confusing at first because the Asian culture is very different from the Western one, so this is why we have decided to give you access to some valuable insights about the employment reality here and internships.  Are There Paid Internships in China? Firstly, you have to understand that it is illegal to get paid in China as a foreigner if you don’t have a working visa. The only way you can apply for a working visa is if you already have a full-time employment contract and this is why an internship cannot be paid. But you can do it with your student visa and aim at getting employed by the company afterwards so that you can also get a working visa. It may be required of you to return to your country when you apply to change your visa...
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9 Breathtaking Views Near Beijing You Can Enjoy This Weekends!







Many people come to Beijing to work or study because it is an excellent opportunity. But most of them are not aware that the Beijing area offers not just skyscrapers and man-made buildings. There is a lot of what nature has to offer near Beijing. And because people don’t know where they can go near Beijing, they find themselves traveling all the way to Yunnan so they can enjoy beautiful landscapes peacefully. But why go so far when you have fantastic places near Beijing where you can climb mountains and relax in the middle of nature? Beijing is surrounded by mountains on the west side, which offers a beautiful contrast, especially in the spring and summer, when everything is green and alive. In this article, you will learn about 9 of the mountains and places near Beijing where you can relax and have a break from the crowded city. Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park In Chinese (for Baidu or Amap search): 云蒙山 Estimated driving time: 1 hour 35 min Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park covers 2208 acres of land west...
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Three things you must never do when searching for job in China

Three things you must never do when searching for job in China
There are some common mistakes that most of the foreigners do when looking for a job in China. These errors start from the CV creation to how you apply for a job and what you say during a job interview with a Chinese HR professional.  It’s okay to make mistakes, but repeating them will only lead to frustration. I know it very well because I also made some of these mistakes by myself (and lost few very nice opportunities) until I learnt how to be a wise laowai. Let me teach you from my experience (and that of many other young foreigners in China) so that you never have to make the same mistakes during your job search in China.  On top of the long list of “never-to-do” things, three mistakes can cost you a job offer. If you make these mistakes during a phone conversation with HR or, even worse, during your personal interview, you can simply say goodbye to this career opportunity. Mistake 1. “Prove that you are not a scam!” It is true that there are many...
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The Rules of Success According to Jack Ma. Part II

The Rules of Success According to Jack Ma. Part II
Do you remember our last article on how to become a successful entrepreneur in China according to Jack Ma ? This one's the next chapter.  Here is the list of next 8 rules that every successful entrepreneur should follow according to the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma.  Make a business out of something that you enjoy . Not the other way around. You should be able to get a sense of personal satisfaction out of your business before the profits start to come in. Similarly, never let your business become a chore or something that you don’t enjoy waking up in the morning to accomplish. If you do not enjoy what you're doing in your business, in all likelihood, it's safe to assume that this will be mirrored in the success of your business, or lack thereof. The reality is that you will not succeed if you don't enjoy just what you're doing. Have fun, but take your business very seriously . You cannot expect to have an effective business unless you believe in your businesses products and services. Many...
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An Excellent Strategy For Finding A job In China

An Excellent Strategy For Finding A job In China

As you well know, there are plenty of online articles on “ How to find a job in China ” and usually, they just give you a list of well-known websites and recommend to use “guanxi”. Extremely helpful and to the point, right? While there are some good online job boards that we will provide you with, there is more to finding a job. Yes, having “guanxi” (connections) is important in China, but the information we are going to share with you may help you find a job without them or, at the very least, teach you how to develop connections. This is not the sort of article that promises magical solutions; it’s realistic and in accordance with the employment reality in China.  What You Can Do  Let us imagine that you are a young foreign specialist, aspiring and willing to develop your career here, in China. For starters, there are a couple of things you can do: Start looking for a job before arriving in China because, honestly, this process can take a while; Find an employment agency that...
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10 things you didn’t know about China Labor Law

10 things you didn’t know about China Labor Law
Chinese Labor Law has undergone changes in the last few decades. In 1995, a comprehensive description of employer/worker obligations and rights was created. In 2008, changes were made to rules regarding collective bargaining. In February, 2016, an even newer change was made: foreign students who graduate in China will be allowed to work there.  For those who plan to work in China after graduation, there a few things that you should know: Workers need to be at least 18 years old, and in good health. Should have professional skills that will make employing them of benefit to Chinese industry Cannot have any criminal record. Must have a clearly defined employer. Must have a valid passport or other travel document in lieu of a passport. On the other side of that, there are certain people who cannot work in China, or will need special permission: Foreigners who do not have residence permits must have special permission from the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Foreigners who are undergraduates or interns also will need special permission to hold jobs other...
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How Ironman, Batman and Boy Who Lived Can Help You Improve Your Spoken Chinese

How Ironman, Batman and Boy Who Lived Can Help You Improve Your Spoken Chinese
Batman Chinese movie poster
Learning Chinese can prove to be difficult if you do it by yourself. You may think you understand everything, but, most probably, you don’t. That is why it is best to get the help of a Chinese friend or a tutor. But even with all of that, it will still prove to be difficult to set a good foundation for your Chinese learning process. That is why you have to practice. Practice with friends and strangers as much as possible, so you will start to form thoughts directly in Chinese. But to be able to think in a different language than your own, you have to have a good vocabulary and know a lot of frequently used words.  Watch a movie You can read books and magazines, but those take a lot of time, and you can get tired quite fast. A more fun and active way of rehearsing your Chinese and enriching your vocabulary it to watch movies. For many people this is their favorite way of learning because: Movies are fun and entertaining . When you are too...
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Entrepreneurs Must Do These 10 Things To Be Successful According to Jack Ma

Entrepreneurs Must Do These 10 Things To Be Successful According to Jack Ma
Successful entrepreneur Jack Ma
When young professionals move to China to chase their dreams and look for mentors to model their business after, Jack Ma is at the top of everyone’s list. As the founder of the world’s leading wholesale B2B wholesaler, Alibaba Group, many aspiring entrepreneurs look to Jack Ma as a source of inspiration. Jack Ma is the 18th wealthiest man in the world with an estimated $19.7 billion to his name and is known for offering young professionals career advice whenever he is able.  According to Jack Ma, here are the 10 things that every successful entrepreneur needs. Get used to getting rejected . If you’re the type of person who gets disheartened every time a door slams in your face, you will never make it in the world of business. Rejection is an inevitable stepping stone that every successful entrepreneur must go through before achieving their dreams. Every time you are rejected by a potential investor, think of it as an opportunity to revise your business plan and make it even better. Keep your dreams alive . Prior to launching...
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Top 10 Reasons Why It Pays to Move to China

Top 10 Reasons Why It Pays to Move to China
Expats living in China
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Just in the last few years, the number of occupational specialists from the age of 25 to 40 who have 1 to 4 years of experience working a wide range of industries has increased dramatically. These skilled foreigners working in China are called expats, and although their migrations may directly relate to the explosion of growth seen in China’s economy, young professionals make the final decision to live and work in China for a variety of reasons.   Here are the top 10 reasons why expats move to China.  Time and Money . The number one reason people move to China is to get paid more money than they will ever be able to obtain working the same job back home. Expat’s living and working in China are paid very well for jobs which they are skilled at, and as a result, they not only have more money but more free time as well, giving them much more freedom to do with as they see fit.   Inexpensive Products and Services . Not only will you be making more money...
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What Is An Appropriate Visa For Internship In China?

What Is An Appropriate Visa For Internship In China?
Lecture on how to obtain a Chinese student and do an internship
So what is a right visa for internship in China? The answer for this question is: Student Visa. X1 or X2, depends on time plan to study in China.  But what do we know about M and F visas? What are they for?  They are types of Chinese Visa for business visits. In past few years they were pretty popular visas to complete internships in China. So far the Chinese government left the question about visas for foreign interns unclear, they were the most convenient way for young specialists to come into China for a short time with business purpose. However, in 2015 there was a big scandal in Hong Kong with one of the largest internship providers in China when all foreign interns with M visa have been departed to their home countries. Obviously the Chinese government made it clear that M visa isn’t the right way to stay in China when completing an internship. F visa still could be a solution but it becomes very rare nowadays and often applicants get rejected while applying for F visa planning...
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