Culture

Model Mandarin: Wish List

Top Tip In Chinese, the r sound is difficult. It…

What’s the Deal with Muslim Noodle Shops?

Their green signs scripted with Arabic lettering, and pictures of…

Model Mandarin: Cold Drink?

Top Tip As a learner of Chinese, you are not…

What’s the Deal with Land Use Rights?

In the PRC, it is known that land is owned…

What’s the Deal with an IV a Day?

Walk into a Chinese hospital or clinic’s IV zone and…

Model Mandarin: Say What?

Top Tip: When speaking Chinese, locals are quick to correct…

Model Mandarin: Invite Corrections

Top Tip: Tones are important. They are also difficult, and…

Uncommon Sense: A Farewell

After three years and thirty-eight columns, Uncommon Sense is coming to an end. You would be forgiven for assuming…

What’s the Deal with Food Safety Grades?

Whether you have noticed or not, restaurant patrons…

What’s the Deal with Dongguan Dialect

The Dongguan dialect, articulated from the lower part of throat with…