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How to write an interview for Paper 2

INTERVIEW (訪談/訪問):   Interviews are one of the many text types students tend to shy away from, not knowing quite how to structure and design questions and responses that not only respond to the demands of...

3 Ways To Show Respect Towards Your Boss

Your boss.   Whether you love them, hate them or fear them, they must have done something right to be ordering you around. Regardless of how you feel about them, you should respect your boss. Sometimes,...

Quick Ways to Order Food in Chinese

How to order food in Chinese (tips for ordering, words to know, things you might be asked)   Imagine this: you stumble into a Michelin star eatery in China, only to find that none of the...

How to maximise pre-exam 15mins practice time – 10 bullet points

It’s no exaggeration when people say the 15 minute preparation time - yes, those nerve-wracking, mind-boggling, sweat-inducing precious minutes - could make or break your performance in an oral exam. Dismissing those 15 minutes...

妄自尊大 (wàng zì zūn dà)

Do you know someone who is a snob? An arrogant charlatan? Someone at school? A colleague? Or even a family member? A celebrity? A politician? I bet you have someone in mind. Whoever that...

Understanding that the world changes: 刻舟求剑

Ah, Donald Trump.   It would be almost comical to watch him rant about how climate change is fake news if he weren’t the leader of the free world. As it turns out, he’s not the first...

Basic stroke order: rules

Basic stroke order: rules   When your language is known as an art when written, you know you have high standards every time you write. Writing in Chinese once used to be an exercise of precision...

Sometimes, it’s good to have some 自知之明

When you’re at your favourite all you can KBBQ place after the 5th round and the order sheet comes around to you, you think “I know my limits”. And so you order 5 more...

Day trip? The only 3 places you need to visit in Shanghai.

First trip to Shanghai but on a time crunch? Here are the only 3 places you need to visit when in Shanghai for a day trip, or even a layover.   1) The Bund 外滩...

Tips and Tricks for Bargaining in Chinese

This article is all that stands between you and being ripped off on the streets of China.   Street vendors obviously want to protect their interests and make the most profits, which is why the prices...
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