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Ten Things Never to Do in China

This article may save you from certain embarrassment and possibly even outright humiliation one day. It gives you ten important tips on what not to do if you really want to win friends and make a good [more…]

Making Appointments in Chinese

In most Chinese-speaking countries, people are more formal than in the United States. They prefer to set appointments for most everything. So, know how to make appointments in Chinese so that you don't [more…]

Money and Banking Phrases in Chinese

Traveling can be expensive, so it's crucial to have a good understanding of Chinese phrases for money and banking. While in a Chinese-speaking country, the best way to ensure that you get the most for [more…]

Chinese Vocabulary for Shopping

Develop a Chinese shopping vocabulary to gain a new cultural experience when traveling. Whether you're shopping for clothes, food, or souvenirs, you can use the following Chinese phrases to help you find [more…]

How to Make Small Talk in Chinese

Making small talk in Chinese is just the same as in English. Touch on familiar topics like jobs, sports, children — just say it in Chinese! Small talk describes the brief conversations that you have with [more…]

How to Order Food in Chinese

Whether you're on a short visit to a Chinese-speaking country or planning to live there, knowing how to order food in Chinese is essential. Fortunately, food in China is fantastic and inexpensive. There’s [more…]

How to Say Dates and Times in Chinese

When making plans, appointments, and travel arrangements in Chinese-speaking countries, you need to be able to state dates and other calendar terms in Chinese. Knowing how to say and understand dates, [more…]

How to Count in Chinese

Learning numbers and counting in Chinese is simplified because the Chinese number system is extremely regular. The entire number system is based on counting the number of tens and then adding the ones. [more…]

Speaking Chinese at Work

Thanks to the global nature of many Chinese businesses today, speaking Chinese at work is quickly becoming a primary reason for people to learn Chinese. Whether you’re looking for a job in a Chinese-language [more…]

How to Pronounce Tricky Sounds in the Chinese Language

The Chinese language has some distinct sounds that are can be tricky to pronounce. To be understood in Chinese, you need to know how to pronounce these sounds, which tend to give English speakers some [more…]

How to Ask Questions in Chinese

How do you ask basic questions in Chinese? Well, Chinese interrogative words mean the same as they do for English: who, what, when, where, why, and how. By knowing basic Chinese interrogatives, you'll [more…]

Common Conversational Words and Phrases in Chinese

By mastering the basics of conversation in Chinese, you put yourself and the person you're talking to at ease. Everyone should learn essential Chinese conversational words and phrases before traveling [more…]

Chinese Greetings and Good-Byes

When you're traveling in Chinese-speaking locations, you'll find that the words and phrases you use most frequently will be the common Chinese greetings. These words and phrases will quickly become second [more…]

Chinese Travel-Related Words and Phrases

Traveling in a Chinese-speaking country can be confusing if you can't read the signs or understand the instructions you're given. Learning a few useful travel-related words and phrases in Chinese before [more…]

How to Ask for and Understand Directions in Chinese

Exploring Chinese-speaking countries can be quite an adventure, but if you want to be sure to see everything on your list, you need to know how to ask for directions and how to understand the directions [more…]

How to Ask for Help in Chinese

Know how to ask for help in Chinese before you have an actual emergency. Save valuable time in a crisis by learning simple Chinese words and phrases to cover emergencies with illness or theft. [more…]

Asking Basic Questions in Chinese

Learn how to ask these basic questions in Chinese to help you begin communicating with others and gather useful information regarding directions, time, and weather conditions: [more…]

Chinese Numbers

Learning to count in Chinese is important for handling your travel plans, money, dining, and shopping. This list can help you learn to pronounce some basic numbers in Chinese: [more…]

Useful Chinese Expressions

Getting a conversion started in Chinese begins with learning basic greetings and polite phrases. Practicing and using these basic phrases goes a long way in establishing a relationship and bridging the [more…]

Chinese Phrases for Emergencies

If an emergency arises and you or someone else needs help, these Chinese phrases will get the attention and help you need, so practice their pronunciation: [more…]

The Chinese Calendar

Get to know the days of the week and months of the year in Chinese. Remember that Chinese people recognize seven days in the week just as Americans do, but the Chinese week begins on Monday and ends on [more…]

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