Going to China? 6 Things to Know Before You Go

Going to China? 6 Things to Know Before You Go
Around 55 million of us each year visit China, making it the fourth most popular destination for tourism in the world.  This is understandable considering the size of it, which includes countless natural and man-made wonders, developed over an incredible history that spans 5000 years. Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan I want to bring to your attention some things you maybe haven’t thought about, so I’m not going to point out the obvious stuff that you've likely heard before. 6 THINGS ...

Practising Chinese With Some Essential Grammar Points

Practising Chinese With Some Essential Grammar Points
I made another video last week of me practising Mandarin, trying to throw in some grammar points and sentence patterns where I could. Feel this one is a big improvement from the first. I went off travelling to Yunnan the following day (see my instagram for photos!) so I didn't get a chance to put it on the blog and write about it how I wanted.Here it is then!​ Video Transcript (characters, pinyin and English) ​Below is the transcript and ...

Where Have I Been? Plus My First Ever Video

Where Have I Been? Plus My First Ever Video
SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO! So the blog has been stagnant for almost four months now, thought I'd drop in and explain why. The main reason: I completely underestimated how busy I would be!If you've read any of my earlier posts then you'd know that around the time the site went quiet is when I set sail for China.China has been kicking my butt, in a number of ways actually.Sadly, my relationship ended with my girlfriend in the first month ...

Weekly Update #4 – Positively Unproductive

Weekly Update #4 – Positively Unproductive
After the last update I didn’t think my study time could get any worse, but low and behold I managed to have an even poorer performing week. I’ve accepted now that I’m not going to be able to stick to my original plan of insane cramming before I arrive in China on March 1st, it’s just not practical with so many things I need to take care of in preparation for starting my new adventure. I take care of one ...

Why I’m Learning to Write and not just Read Characters

Why I’m Learning to Write and not just Read Characters
Back when I began learning Chinese I originally made the quick decision that I would not concern myself with writing characters. After all, isn’t everything on our phones and PCs now? How often do we actually write in our own language? I initially thought this way, as my goal was to be able to communicate in Chinese to be able to get by living in the country independently. A Change in long term goals My goals have transformed quite a ...