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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

Mandarin Chinese has the reputation of being one of the hardest – if not the hardest – language to learn by native English speakers. That’s because it is just so different from English, with its different tones and symbolic writing system. But what if we told you that there are ways to make learning Chinese easier for you? Learning anything properly takes time and effort, but with the right approach, it is possible to expedite the process significantly! When it comes to learning Chinese, here are some tips you can follow. 1. Talk

It might sound something that only the serious go-getters and high-achievers would do, but is it advisable – or possible – to learn two languages at once? As an adult learner, learning multiple new languages at once can be pretty challenging, but there are people who have done it! If you wish to pick up two languages at the same time, you can glean some wisdom from the advice of polyglots who have done through the process. 1. Work out a strategy Time management is essential when you are learning more than one

One of the most common questions about learning Chinese is if you should learn the characters, and the answer to that is a resounding ‘yes!’ While it is true that it is possible to learn how to speak Chinese without learning how to read the characters, this method of learning will only get you so far. If you want to have a thorough understanding of the Chinese language, having some knowledge of their written script is essential. How so? Let’s delve into the reasons why. It helps you differentiate words Chinese is a

One month of the new year has passed – how are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? For some people, learning a new language might be one of their goals for the year. You don’t have to aim to master the language within the year, but for many, getting started is a huge challenge in itself. Some of the obstacles stopping them from starting might be the lack of time, or the lack of a proper plan. One significant hindrance some people might face is this: the lack of affordable

How many foreign languages do you know? One? Two? You’d be surprised that you probably can call up a few phrases in quite a number of languages even though you’ve never learnt them formally. If you love to listen to foreign music or watch foreign films, the chances are, you would have subconsciously picked up of a little bit here and there of the languages. Learning Chinese is no different. If you want to pick up the Chinese language, one effortless way to expose yourself to words and phrases is through