Pros and Cons for Intensive V's Regular Mandarin Programs

tutoringLearners of the Chinese language will often reach a point where they want to move to China to continue their studies. This is an awesome step for taking your Chinese to the next level. While you are choosing between which language program to complete in China, you will encounter the question: do you prefer intensive hours or regular hours of time in the classroom?

Intensive language programs in China often mean 6 hours of classroom time a day, whereas regular programs require 4 hours of classroom time per day.

Let’s go over the pros and cons of each program type to help you better discern which will be the right fit for you as you study Chinese in China!

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America + China - Nixon’s 1972 Visit

During the 2014 APEC Summit in Beijing, US President Barack Obama and Chinese State Chairman Xi Jinping announced important changes to visa policies and climate change policies and hailed it as the zenith of Sino-American relations. Unlike the United States and European nations or China and its Asian neighbours, the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have only been officially friends since 1972.
The media today often describes the relationship between the United States and China as the most important bilateral relationship of this coming century. It is a relationship they say that will shape everything from global economics to cultural tastes for decades to come. This series will look at the relationship between these two great nations at opposite ends of the Pacific, how it began, and what it might mean for the future.

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Embracing Your 5 Minutes of Fame in China!

Temple of HeavenI first came to China in the early 90’s with my parents to explore the main tourist sites in Beijing and Xi’an. Having red hair and green eyes, both my brother and I were the subject of many long stares by the Chinese. At that time you could understand that many people in China may not have seen a foreigner, especially people with red hair. Over 10 years later you would think, that with the growth of China as a nation, that they would now be getting used to foreigners.

Well that certainly does not seem to be the case.

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Why you should study in Beijing, NOT Shanghai

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The votes have been tallied. The experts have weighed in. The world has paused, reviewed the top-dog cities in this crazy country of China, and awarded me the prestige of bringing the outcome of their discussion to the masses.

Beijing is the better Chinese city.

NOW - before you scroll like mad to the bottom of this article to give me an earful in the comments, you need to hear me out. For Chinese language learners, there is no better city in China for studying abroad than Beijing. No, we aren't saying it is better for travelers, businessmen, or tourists per say, but for students wanting to study Chinese in China, you can't find a better city.

Still not convinced? Read on to discover the ways living in Beijing will positively impact your Chinese language skills!

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“I’m Addicted to the Olympics” - China

Hair style for Beijing olympicsChina is sports crazy. You only had to read stories in the newspaper every day during the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil to see what lengths Chinese sports fans would go to enjoy a tournament that their country was not even participating in. Gambling away life savings, sleep deprivation, death from exhaustion (the games were all between midnight and dawn), and Chinese men ignoring their wife AND their mistress; it was a pretty tough few weeks for some.
But despite all that silliness, the premiere sporting tournament for China still remains the Summer Olympics. The Chinese Olympic spirit seems to be everywhere and has a very powerful effect on nationalism, education, and identity for contemporary China.

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Common Mistakes Beginner Chinese Students Make – part 1


Groucho Marx said it best: 'Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.'

Especially when it comes to language learning, you want to avoid making simple mistakes in the beginning that have long term affects on your ability to speak, read, and write Mandarin well. Avoiding bad habits from the get-go can make or break your Chinese skills (yeah, here’s looking at you, tones!)Get ready for a challenging, sometimes frustrating but consistently rewarding experience. If you want to lessen the odd-stares from native speakers and really up-the-ante on your ability to huishuohanyu (rock Chinese), avoid these common slip-ups beginner Chinese learners often make.

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