Julie Axelsson

Is Chinese Really The Hardest Language in The World ?

Chinese is often called the hardest language in the world with its complex writing and tonal…

So How Long Does It Take?

You might be wondering, “how long does it take to master Mandarin?” Factor in your…

You Cannot Be Tone-Deaf In China

Chinese poetry is a blur of semanticism, tone variation and complexities. This month, our resident…

A Journey to the East

With the part that the Chinese writing system plays in Japanese and Korean, one may…

Dongguan Expats: Then VS Now

For most expats, it may be difficult to imagine Dongguan 20 years ago. We delve…

Attainment, Home and Away

It came and went as quickly as the build up from the western new year—that’s…

新年快乐! Or, Happy New Year!

From semantics to celebrations to misinterpretations, language is more than just memorizing words and phrases—as we discover in this…

Catching the Mouse

What is the best method for learning Mandarin? Well, there isn’t one. But there are a number of options…

Guess What? Cantonese Rules, Too

It’s easy to forget that not far behind the most widely spoken Chinese language is the lovable Cantonese, of…

For the Sake of Characters

In China, children begin their journey to understand mandarin’s complex writing system at a very young age. Are they…