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March 2020

Just how much do you know about the Chinese language? Whether it’s a language you’ve been learning for a while, or a language that’s totally foreign to you, chances are, there are some fascinating things you still don’t know about the language! As what you would expect with a language with thousands of years of history behind it, the Chinese language is full of interesting stories. Find out more about some of these surprising facts! 1. Chinese is the only surviving logographic language today While most other languages make use of some form

What goes into the job of an interpreter? You may have seen interpreters at events like political meetings, sports games, or celebrity interviews. However, the job of an interpreter is not to simply translate. In fact, there is a difference between an interpreter’s job and a translator’s job. Translators usually translate text in written form, for example, for books, advertisements, or video subtitles. On the other hand, interpreters typically refer to those who do on-the-spot translation, which requires more speed, language expertise, and tact. The interpreter’s job is very important in this

“But I’m not talented enough to learn another language!” How many of you have let such an excuse deter you from learning the Chinese language? The truth is, while some people have a natural flair for learning languages, it doesn’t mean that everyone else won’t be able to successfully pick up a second or third language. Other factors like your motivation, method of learning, and prior knowledge of languages also play a part in determining whether or not you will be able to get a grasp of the new language quickly. Read

In this generation and the next, people will have increasingly more chances of working in international settings. That may mean having expats in one’s local office, or being deployed to overseas offices for work or training. Even if you work locally, you might get ample chances to work with overseas business partners and clients. These situations make it necessary for one to be equipped with the right set of skills to be able to navigate these international and intercultural circumstances. In today’s highly globalised world, being book-smart is no longer enough.

It is often said that a language cannot be separated from its culture. With a language like Chinese, thousands of years of history are inevitably embedded into its language. Phrases that are found in no other language can offer a peek into what Chinese people hold dear in their culture. Idioms also tell stories about their history and values. Thus, one of the best ways to learn about Chinese culture is to take a look at their language. If you want to delve deeper into the subject, taking up a Mandarin course