Model Mandarin: January 2017

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t Happy New Year, everyone! The topic for this month is the zodiac animal for 2017, the rooster 鸡

What’s In Your Water?

Pop into any convenience store and you’re sure to be bombarded with countless brands offering the purest water available. How do you choose? It shouldn’t come as any surprise that

Model Mandarin: December 2016

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t Already in the last month of 2016, have you fulfilled all your goals for the year? Is there

Model Mandarin: November 2016

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t Here we are already at November. The biggest event this month and the biggest event among buyers is

MODEL MANDARIN : OCTOBER 2016

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t Autumn 秋 (qiū) is such a special season. In China, autumn is bestowed with many characteristics. It is

Model Mandarin August 2016

BEAR IN MIND Learn by saying things you shouldn’t One of my students recently told me about an awful experience of his which, I think, might happen often to other Chinese

Model Mandarin: July 2016

BEAR IN MIND Learn by saying things you shouldn’t It’s not just hot. It’s Africa hot! This weather is terrible. However, it is a good time to learn some commonly used

Model Mandarin: June 2016

BEAR IN MIND Learn by saying things you shouldn’t Chinese titles for family members have always been a pain. And it is not the sort of thing you want to get

Model Mandarin: April 2016

BEAR IN MIND Learn by saying things you shouldn’t April 1 is well known for its tricks and pranks; did you get fooled on April Fool’s Day? Well, let us tell

Model Mandarin: March 2016

BEAR IN MIND Learn by saying things you shouldn’t The Chinese language has its fair share of loan words, and loan letters. This month we look at Chinese terms that use