Studying in China: Things to expect

Teachers Chinese teachers in China tend to be kind, traditional and at times strict. The teachers stick to their curriculums and believe that by following certain steps and repeating them over students will be able to solidify their language studies. In fact, having gone to various universities and Mandarin training schools in Beijing, the teachers…

Behavior patterns of Chinese travelers

Traveling for Chinese is largely built around convenience. For Chinese, they do not want the trouble of having to book hotels, airplane tickets, bus/train rides as well as trying to solidify an itinerary, as traveling is supposed to be a stress-free and joyful experience as can be. Therefore, citizens of China mostly go through travel…

Review: Beyond Beauty- Taiwan from Above

Beyond Beauty- Taiwan from Above, is both a documentary and critique of Taiwan through images of various kinds of landscapes that are shot from the sky using aerial photography. Resembling much like the aerial photography used in films such as Chronos, Beyond Beauty opens with scenes depicting some of Taiwan’s most pristine and preserved mountains,…

White Paper, Black Letters

Agreements in general, especially within China, should rarely be done solely based on verbal agreements despite popular belief that the standard is such. Let the paper do the talking for you; get everything in wording. In China, contracts or agreements done in a written format are done with “white paper and black letters/白紙黑字.” In other…

Learning Chinese- What it Can Do for You

Learning another language opens a world of possibilities. With each extra language you learn, you add a tool to your toolbox, allowing you to be more versatile and equipped. However, what you do with those tools is key. Here are four examples of people I’ve met who speak Chinese who have used it for their…

Through the Ears of Chinese

Ever wonder of another way to think about the world? Learning a new language allows you to. Learning Chinese, specifically, will teach you that the language allows people to identify more than just words associated to objects, but also descriptions as well. For example, Chinese people regard animals such as the Koala as a “no…

Translation- Why People Love It and Hate It

Throughout my experience as a full-time and part-time translator in the Greater China area as well as in the US, I can honestly say the general attitude toward the profession of translation is this- it is something not important, or in some cases, not regarded as a skill at all. Yet, people throughout the two…

Avoid Lost in Translation in China

If you are considering promoting a product or a service in China, or are looking to import something from China, it is better that you have everything translated into or from Chinese, whether it is emails, faxes, product descriptions or agreements. A person I know by the name of Sam lost hundreds of thousands of…