Hi, I’m Ling, a Chinese tutor and a language learning amateur. I create this blog with a goal to help Mandarin learners and Chinese culture lovers to study and know about this language by self-learning. Welcome to visit me from time to time and give me your precious advice! Thank you!

Find your Chinese countryside name!

  It is believed that giving a despicable name (贱名 jiànmíng) to a newborn child in rural areas of China will bring a smooth life to the baby, and it will also be easy to raise. Thus, how do we name a child? 

Why a taxi ride in China is a must for any international students!

Public transport in most Chinese cities is just fantastic: cheap, ready and modern. Each major city has several metro lines and a dense network of buses such that each city corner can be reached with ease. And despite all these advantages, (during their obligatory China trip) each Chinese language student should definitely frequently call a …

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Eight Cuisines in China – Part 2

粤菜 – Cantonese Cuisine Cantonese food originates from Guangdong, a southern province in China. The majority of overseas Chinese people are from Guangdong(Canton), therefore Cantonese cuisine is perhaps the most widely available Chinese regional cuisine outside of China. Cantonese are known to have an adventurous palate, able to eat many different kinds of meats and …

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Eight cuisines in China – part 1

  There is a large number of different dishes in Chinese cuisine. They are distinguished by its flavor, color, taste, cooking techniques, the choice for ingredients, etc. Today, we are going to see the 4 of the 8 most influential and crucial cuisines in China!     鲁菜 lǔ cài – Shangdong Cuisine Shandong cuisine …

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What a countryside Chinese wedding should be like?

I went to my cousin’s wedding yesterday. I take this opportunity to present you several wedding customs in terms of decorations and wedding banquets. This wedding is held in the countryside of Zhejiang province (Southeast of China), the customs presented below are different from regions to regions. If you have different wedding experience before in …

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Differences between ‘口’、 ‘名’、‘位’、‘个’?

  口 (kǒu) ,名 (míng),位 (wèi),个 (gè) are all measure words for people, person, so what’s the difference between them?  If you don’t have time to read this post, you can just click and download as a PDF.     1.「口」 This word is only used in one specific case: to ask how many people …

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