Solving things for once and for all: 明察秋毫

Ever have that puzzle you haven’t been able to solve for months, but after you think about it carefully, you’re finally able to solve the puzzle? Well, the Chinese had a similar realisation, except...

A day with your everyday brands in China. It is NOT the same experience.

China currently holds the title of the biggest manufacturing country. Up to the point where all of us have owned at least one item that was made in China.   However, that doesn’t mean that everything...

The Chinese love story that went to the moon.. but not back.

We love tragic, star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet? Still going strong after thousands of renditions. The Fault in Our Stars? A hit as a novel and just as popular as a movie. And let’s...

When things backfire: 此地无银三百两

Remember that one How I Met Your Mother episode where Marshall becomes sports guy, has too much cash on hand from running a fantasy league and becomes paranoid from carrying all the money around?...

Ordering Bubble Tea: A Local’s Guide

Bubble tea is one of the Chinese-speaking world’s favourite drinks. Ever since its creation in 1980s Taiwan, it has swept the Sinosphere and begun to hit the Western world. Already, thanks to the efforts...

Why you should always reach out for the bill

Ever reach the end of a meal and see people tensely gripping their wallets, ready to race to see who can slap their credit card on the bill first? In Chinese culture, this is...

How to ask for things- a quick guide with ” 要 (yào)”

Each of us has our own needs and wants. For some, that may include getting the latest copy of FIFA. Others might want a job promotion and a raise. Some might just want a...

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...

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...
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