Venting: The Difficulties of Going from Simplified Characters to Traditional

Venting: The Difficulties of Going from Simplified Characters to Traditional
I hope this can serve as a warning to other fellow learners, here’s my ramble about an area of my Chinese study that has really seen better days. Although moving from China to Taiwan has had an overall benefit to my Chinese progress, it has not been without its complications. The biggest complication comes in the form of characters. Over the course of the first year and a half of my Chinese studies I became familiar with both reading and ...

I’m still here! Writing to you from Taiwan

I’m still here! Writing to you from Taiwan
Hello fellow Chinese learners! My last post on here was back in August 2015, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that this blog was well and truly dead. My time in China came to an end not long after that summer, and then I was back in the UK for a couple of months planning my move to Taiwan, during that time the blog took a backseat as far as my priorities went and then as so often is the ...

An All Bases Covered Guide to Buying a Laptop in China

An All Bases Covered Guide to Buying a Laptop in China
Need to buy a laptop in China? Everything you need to know with as little geek-speak as possible. This is a pretty long one so use the content table to jump around if you're in a hurry. Table of Contents IntroductionWhy Buy a Laptop in China?​Where to Start?A Word About Operating SystemsMy Opinion on Laptop Specs in ChinaLaptop Specific Vocabulary Where to Buy?Buying a Laptop on Chinese Amazon Buying a Laptop on jd.com多少钱? (How Much Will it Cost?)Laptop Brands in ChinaGot the ...

11 Things you Don’t Want to Hear Your New Chinese Girlfriend Say

11 Things you Don’t Want to Hear Your New Chinese Girlfriend Say
NOTE: There's a great bonus at the end of this article, be sure to check it out! I decided to make a light hearted, fun video with my friend about sentences you don't want to hear from your recently acquired Chinese girlfriend. They're based very loosely on a mix of observations I've had, stories I've heard and just relationships in general :pThe video is not meant to be serious or culturally informative, so I hope it does not offend anyone! My ...

When Good isn’t Always Good: 好 with Adjectives

When Good isn’t Always Good: 好 with Adjectives
​I'm sharing a tip that I not too long ago discovered that will give your spoken Chinese a little boost towards more native sounding conversation. Watch the video and read on for a quick guide to using 好 to modify adjectives. Everyone that has studied Mandarin for more than a few weeks knows these two words: 很 = very好​ = good 很 (hěn) expresses “very”, and is used before any adjective as you’d expect 好 (hǎo) we also learn very ...