Are you planning to visit Shanghai anytime soon? If you are planning on spending a while here, you might want to check out our recent post and think about learning some of the local language to help you make the most of your China experience.
You also might want check out these interesting facts before hopping on that plane:
Did you know the sunrise in parts of China can be as late as 10am? This vast country once had 5 time zones but now has only one.
Like using your mobile phone? Well don’t worry as Chongqing as a 30 meter cellphone lane for people who want to use their phones while walking! You might also want to set up a VPN to protect your phone from hackers.;
These fun facts and more were provided by our friends at Secure Thoughts. Scroll down to read more interesting things about China!
Guest post and infographics from Secure Thoughts.
There are a lot of language courses available, and it can be difficult to find the information you need to choose. Of course, they all claim to be the best, and without knowing someone who has already attended, there’s no real way to know what to expect. Even knowing someone who has taken the course you’re considering doesn’t guarantee that it will be the right one for you.
There are many options, depending on your goals for study, how you learn best, and how far you want to go. If you don’t know these things, any course will do. Practically speaking, however, the only way to know whether a course will suit you is to try it. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a course:
1. Level of learning - It’s important to know whether the course fits with what you want to learn. How intensive is the course? If you are serious about learning Chinese and really hope to become fluent as quickly as you can, you may be frustrated taking a class with people who simply want to learn a few phrases or just study a couple evenings a week.
2. Contact hours - You can find courses that are really cheap and offer large classes a couple of times a week, while others offer individualized lessons with a tutor. You get what you pay for, but if you are planning a trip to China, you can get extra tutoring yourself, usually for much less than a school is going to charge. Some tutors even work online via Skype, even if you aren’t in China.
3. Student/teacher ratio - Classes with more students are certainly less expensive, but fewer students means you will get more and better feedback from the instructor. Classes that have no more than five students are best; six to nine students is manageable. More than that, and you may not get the instruction you need to learn the language as well as you’d like, and you might find yourself hiring a tutor to fill in gaps.
4. Difficulty - It can be hard to tell how hard the course and the learning material will be before you get started. Taking more difficult courses will speed your learning, but only if you have the time to devote to it. Otherwise, you may find yourself frustrated. If you get started and you feel like you can handle more, see if it is possible to move up. If you do, you will likely struggle to keep up with your classmates, but you will learn the language so much faster than you would staying in an easier class.
5. Preferences - As important as these other factors are, don’t discount your own personal preferences. A program that is a perfect fit in all the previous factors may still not be the best match for you. Ask around, talk to people who have taken courses you are considering and get their input. Ultimately, only you can decide which course is right for you. If you aren’t absolutely sure about a course, find out whether and how much of your tuition is refundable if you don’t like it.
A post by : Learn Mandarin Now
Having been impressed by the XiaoMi Note I bought earlier, I am again impressed by the quality of the Hua Wei series of mobile phone at a recent telecommunication exhibtion.
Incidentally, it has been reported recently in a report that Hua Wei has become the third biggest seller of mobile phones in the world. The other close competitorS from China remains Lenovo and XiaoMi.
Though still a copy cat (they are built exactly like a iPhone or a Samsung), the quality remains solid and comfortable in the hand:
This is what they call a 轿子 or in English terms, sedan chair.
In historical times, this is their version of the "limo", powered entirely by 2 men or more carrying the "passenger/s". Of course, the more people carrying this sedan, the more "powerful" the engine is.
The red variant is traditionally used to carry the bride to be to her new place of residence or to the wedding ceremony.
In some parts of China, and perhaps also to add in an element of fun, this tradition still carries on.
You can see a mix of the East and West in this photo contributed by Jennifer. Bride to be in a Western styled gown sitting in a traditional Chinese red sedan chair.
Glad to see traditions are being kept alive!
The Beijing Marathon was held on 19 Oct. It was reported that quite a number of runners have to wear masks for the run due to the smog. Being an avid runner, I can only say the conditons are unacceptable.
A very good friend of mine who recently moved to Beijing have these photos to share. I think these are taken on marathon day just before the race.
These photos are taken by a friend of mine, B when he visited a factory somewhere in South China.
Look at the appalling conditions the workers have to work in without any safety gear for protection against potential burns or glare for the eyes ! Nothing but a flimsy mask and not even a industrial standard jacket.
One wrong move and there are potential for serious injuries and burms.
The female worker, in order to put food on the table did it.
Insurance? Dont even mention it.