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Australian children can speak Mandarin Chinese fluently

  Dear first4mandarin readers, in today’s blog we want to comment on a recent story that appeared on BBC World regarding the teaching of Mandarin Chinese in a Primary school of Australia.   Jackie Baldwin is a five-year-old girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. After studying Mandarin Chinese with native Chinese teachers for a few […]

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The secrets of ancient Chinese coins

  Joseph is our first4mandarin student who fancies a lot Chinese culture. Last Saturday, when I was giving lessons to him and other students, he asked me a question about Ancient Chinese coins. I think it was very interesting, so I have decided to write today’s blog about it.   A few days before that lesson, Joseph visited the Chinese hall of the British Museum. There he found a lot interesting staff, especially the […]

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Experience China Fair in London

  On the 4th of November, 2013, Experience China Fair was held in London South Bank University. This was an event organized by the British Council and was intended to help young people to ‘discover a wealth of China opportunities under one roof’.   The fair was packed with representatives from 14 world-renowned Chinese universities […]

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Boris Johnson and George Osborn suggest that Britons should learn Mandarin Chinese if they want to succeed doing business with China.

  Since the beginning of the globalization of China, the Chinese market has always been the object of envy by the rest of the world. It is now almost impossible to think in a country that does not want to build business relationships with China; and United Kingdom is not one of the exceptions.   […]

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Loanwords in Chinese

  In today’s class, some students were very interested to study a particular word. They learned about ‘拜拜 (báibái)’, which means ‘bye-bye’ in English.   As you can see, the pronunciation of ‘拜拜 (báibái)’ and ‘bye-bye’ are almost the same. Many of the Mandarin course students at our London school realised this and asked the […]

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Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis

  Qingdao is the biggest city of Shangdong Province, China. It is also considered as the major naval base, seaport and industrial centre of that country. In today’s blog, we are going to present the new cultural addition that it is going to see this city and how it is expected to project into the future.   On the 22nd of September, 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman and many other […]

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How to search words in a Chinese dictionary

  While having a break during the morning lessons, I saw many of the Mandarin Chinese language students trying to find in a dictionary the new characters that we have just studied. After some minutes struggling, they came to ask me the different ways to search for a word in a Chinese dictionary. And, of […]

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World’s highest airport in China

  Tibet is one of the Autonomous Regions of China and is located in the south-west of this country. It is a famous place for its passionate people, multi-cultural background and the mystical Himalayas which are the world’s highest mountain.   Nowadays, more and more people are attracted to visit this area. However, those wishing to go there face many difficulties such as the long journey and the thin air.   Lately, the central […]

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Thinking seriously

  On the 13th of September, the unexpected announcement of the divorce between Faye Wong and her then-husband Yapeng Li shocked many of their fans.   Faye Wong is a famous singer and actress who is considered a diva in the Chinese media. She is very popular in Mainland China, HongKong, Taiwan  and Singapore. She has been recognized as the Best Selling Canto-pop Female by the Guinness World Records  in 2000.   In 2005, she married with Yapeng Li, a former actor who turned into […]

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival !

  According to the lunar calendar, the 15th of August is the Mid – Autumn Festival, which is called 中秋节 (zhōng qiū jié) in Chinese. This year, it falls on the 19th of September and in today’s blog, we are going to introduce you the legend behind this day and how it is currently celebrated. […]

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