Convergence of Comfort: Many Hands Gather for a Lone Twin

Shuangqin is a 9-year-old girl born with a facial disfigurement. Abandoned by her mother, she lives with her grandparents while her father works to save money so she can have

Model Mandarin: Quick-Change Artist

Top Tip If you are new to Dongguan, or new to learning Chinese, it can be intimidating to speak up when with other foreigners who can already speak the language.

Model Mandarin: Wish List

Top Tip In Chinese, the r sound is difficult. It comes up in often used words such as saying what nationality you are, ‘yīngguó rén;’ or remarking on the weather,

Book Resort

The Library Could Save the Summer The children, spattered with creamed ice, fled across summer fields, and the mother, leaning with the favoring limp of an overfed diaper bag, followed.

Model Mandarin: Cold Drink?

Top Tip As a learner of Chinese, you are not alone. Some estimates count 30 million foreign learners of Chinese. Whether accorate or not, a huge number of people are

Bite Sum: Top Ten Dim Sum Guide

The bite-size local treat, dim sum, is popular around the world with rich variety, often served on small bamboo steamers. Eating dim sum in a crowded great hall can be

Model Mandarin: Say What?

Top Tip: When speaking Chinese, locals are quick to correct you if the pronunciation is unclear or the tone is wrong. This can get frustrating if it interrupts what you

Model Mandarin: Invite Corrections

Top Tip: Tones are important. They are also difficult, and take hours of listening and trying to mimic native speakers. But don’t let this worry you, if you are still