Using Spotify To Improve Your Chinese Listening Ability

Using Spotify.com can help improve your Chinese listening ability. Spotify is a fantastic and free online music streaming site. Spotify has many songs from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, and you can create your own Chinese language radio stations with Spotify. You can even search individual artists, and listen to a few of their songs directly. Spotify has free accounts funded by ads, and paid accounts as well. Continue reading Using Spotify To Improve Your Chinese Listening Ability

Using Wikipedia And Baidu’s Encyclopedia To Improve Your Chinese Reading Ability

There are some incredibly good sources on the web to help you master your Chinese reading ability for free. They are the two best Chinese encyclopedias on the web. The Chinese version of Wikipedia zh.wikipedia.org and Baidu’s encyclopedia baike.baidu.com Continue reading Using Wikipedia And Baidu’s Encyclopedia To Improve Your Chinese Reading Ability

Counterfeit Foreign Food In Mainland China

I have encountered many fake foreign foods in Mainland China. You have to have a keen eye because differences between real items and counterfeits can be very subtle, but piracy and the market for counterfeit items in Mainland China flourishes. Have you ever seen a fake Red Bull can, or fake Western snack food? This article will specifically be about fake foreign food in China. I find this quite a comical topic, and try to keep track of it whenever it happens to me. Continue reading Counterfeit Foreign Food In Mainland China

5 Great Ways To Improve Your Chinese Writing Ability

Chinese writing is a difficult skill to get good at just like any other skill. If you intend to become truly fluent in Chinese and be able to convey complicated ideas, you will need to know how to write in Chinese. Speaking alone will only get you so far. Chinese writing, like writing in any language, can take a while to get good at. But, your writing will certainly get better with enough practice. Here are 5 great ways to improve your Chinese writing ability. Continue reading 5 Great Ways To Improve Your Chinese Writing Ability

Using Caveman Chinese

Have you ever had a conversation in your own native language with a non-native speaker whose ability in your language was atrocious, but you could still understand the basic meaning of what the person was trying to say it? The point of language is to communicate, and you can get by with limited Chinese in China assuming you know ways to get around your language barriers. Many psychologists have said that the majority of communication is actually non-verbal. Are you are thinking of going to China with limited to no Chinese? Well, you probably won’t starve to death in China even with no Chinese ;). And, are you paranoid of getting your tones wrong? Although tones are important, Chinese people will probably assume what you are talking about, and give you a pass most of the time. This article will teach you how to get around China even with poor Chinese. Continue reading Using Caveman Chinese