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3 key points to learn mandarin

Learning Mandarin with 3 key points

Talking about Mandarin, many people think it is a super difficult language, which is even harder than the French. Why? People basically think that the language comes with the alphabetical similar to what they have, Latin, will think that others are more difficult. They have to learn the alphabetical again, know what does it sound like, how to spell it, and how to combine, what is conjugation and all. While the Latin alphabetical is pretty much used in many languages even with one or two different additional characters.

Talking about Mandarin, if you come to China for business or study, you can actually face the possibility to learn Mandarin at least for your daily activity and conversation, while the education is now on delivered in English in many universities in China. How to master the language which has very interesting character and tone in spoken part?

  1. Try to set the target

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It is true that if you have measurable target, you will be able to reach it easily as it is countable. So does for Mandarin, you should set your target how you can master the Mandarin. Ask yourself first what do you expect after learning it? Is that the fluency in speaking? The ability to write? Your reading comprehension or Mandarin for education purposes? All those questions will lead you to the specific target. Measurable target also very important, there is no need to make “able to speak Mandarin well”, the indicator “Well” is not an indicator as you cannot measure it. Try to make target like “memorizing 3 words a day”, “make one introduction conversation each day in first week of learning”. It is surely more measurable; you can count how many Mandarin words you have memorize and have you make short introduction conversation with your Chinese fellow today?

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  1. Study Everyday


Language is something that you use every day and it is much better for you to also practice every day. The advantage of 10-20 minutes learning per day is higher than the 2-3 hours but only 3 days a week. It is all about how your brain familiarizes with the character the usage of the character and all. But the forcing of 2-3 hours studying wouldn’t be fun for your brain and learning the language doesn’t seem to be fun anymore.

  1. Learning Mandarin means speak!

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Mandarin is the language of speaking. The intonation and the way you pronounce the word will mean the whole lot of thing for the meaning of the conversation. One word, same character, but different tones will give somehow very different meaning that you as the beginner will find it like, “WHAT?” but hold still and try to always speak it out loud with the help of your fellow Chinese friends, so they can help you to fix your intonation and help you if you stuck in translation in public.

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Learning the language has very different way, some need you to learn the character, grammar, and written more, while others maybe require you to speak out loud more in order to get it right. Feel the joy and frustration of learning language, you’ll find it very interesting and worth you the language itself.

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    10 tips for expats moving to China

    New expats in China? Here are some tips to follow


     1. Being a foreigner (“laowai”) in China

    Being a foreigner in China is a true experience that will open your eyes. China is so specific in terms of its culture and its way of life. In certain areas of China, the general public will have never seen a foreigner before, so don’t be surprised if they give a little gaze, in most cases they are simply astonished. Some may even ask to take pictures with you, so take in the moment to be a “celebrity”!

    2. Beware to the cultural shock

    It’s always good to do some research before going on a trip to China. China’s Orientalism and culture is extremely different to that of the Western.

    For example, you will quickly see people spitting everywhere (even indoors, or on the metro), many public bathrooms with no toilet paper (even in restaurants), and squatting toilets are extremely common, and often without doors… In regards to food, there are many safety issues such as the quality and freshness of the product which many people are becoming more aware of.

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    3. Being respectful to elder

    The culture of family China is extremely important. Chinese parents care about not only their child, but their grandchild, and so on. Thus, the idea of respect and appreciation is strongly looked upon. Being respectful to the elderly in particular, as it is considered that the elderly are the ones whom are more experienced and will only give you advice for your own good.

    Respect for elders

    4. Restrictions on Foreigners in China

    As a foreigner, there are restrictions such as important administration work, money conversion restrictions, or the need to complete registrations if you are leaving a Chinese city (even just for the weekend). Sometimes it may feel that government and law are catching up to you, but as long as your organization is on top, there will be no problems.

    5. Schooling in China

    China has many International schools, perfect for expats living in China. In recent years, the Chinese government has pushed its schooling and education system towards higher levels of quality.

    Some international schools include: Shanghai American School, Wuhan South Lake International School, and Shenzhen QSI International School. These schools allow for not only better education, but also brings opportunities for families and students whom are driven for better education.

    6. Do I need to learn Chinese?

    Yes, you do. Learning the Chinese language, even just a little bit, will be useful for your time in China. As English is rarely spoken, knowing the language will be beneficial for day-to-day activities such as ordering food, taking a cab, or going shopping.

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    7. Moving to China

    Moving to China is an adventure. From finding apartments and dealing with landlords, to getting a bank account set-up and finding your way around the city.

    One thing you must learn is to negotiate. Everything is based on negotiation, ie. renting an apartment, and always be sure to have contracts signed and confirmed before agreeing to anything.

    8. Job Opportunities in China

    China is a country of opportunities, business, and tourism. For English natives, teaching English has become a common career for many travellers who visit, and eventually decide to stay. Many countries hire foreign teachers to teach English, whether at schools or private institutions, therefore making job out of your language potential has been very common and rewarding.

    Job opportunities in China

    9. Medical Care in China

    For foreigners, you will be advised to go to an International hospital. In general, medical fees in China are expensive, therefore it will be easy for doctors to understand you. Also, consider taking on a health insurance before departure from your home country.

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    10. Culture, food, and attractions

    Chinese culture is not only very specific, but is also rich, complex, and ancient. Visiting historical places such as Beijing’s ‘Forbidden City’ or ‘The Great Wall of China’ have been tourist favourites. Try out traditional Chinese food such as Beijing’s Roast Duck, or Xiao Long Bao, will expose you to cuisines delicacies. China is all about their culture, and in order to experience it, you must bring yourself here!



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      5 wrong ideas about Chinese economy

      Wrong ideas about Chinese economy

      Most of Westerns leaders think the Chinese economy is breaking down. Chinese market is different and businessmen have to understand it doesn’t work in the same way than they know. Indeed, entrepreneurship in China is special and is said to be out of rules, totally disjointed, irrational and the worst system ever seen in the world.

      Obviously, Chinese methods look to be confusing. Nevertheless, the government doesn’t pay attention to criticisms and western minds. They take advantage of the yuan’s devaluations to be more competitive on the market.

      However, according to someone who lived in China for many years, all of those minds are wrong. Chinese economy’s future is promising and set up five given ideas about this subject.

      1. Chinese economy is a fake

      China is said not to have a solid basis concerning it economy. Indeed, the Asian country seems to benefit from cheapest way to succeed in launching its business, looks to be not a scary competitor on the market’s world and doesn’t get strategy’s development efficient. China doesn’t have enough knowledge regarding the market’s World’s rules. Therefore, many private industries are borning in China, and government invests some money in order to allow them to innovate on the market and become more competitive.

      Those funds enable the country to gain in stability and organization. In addition, this share allows a companies’ industrialization and urbanization. China wants to line up and even surpass on the other countries’ economy. Since 2013, Chinese government tries to create many areas for new markets, innovations, authentic ideas and invests to reach this goal. Actually, private companies which are making out, convert Chinese consumers to purchase their products and promote their brands in order to increase the audience.


      1. China has lack of innovating ideas


      As said above, Chinese government encourages the startups’ entrepreneurship to innovate. Many young companies’ birth were noticed this last years which try to offer authentic services on the Chinese market. Nevertheless, while a growing market, Western countries’ leaders think these stratups have lack of capacity to innovate and bit of its are uneffective and don’t make out.

      Nevertheless, the government is investing in technological stratups whose rate is increasing on the market. Moreover, China wants to create the new Silicon Valley in the North of Beijing in order to welcome startups surrounded by Chinese giants such as Baidu, Weibo and others.

      In addition, more and more companies are more valuated since last year such as Alibaba or Xiaomi which is considered as the emerging sector. The government is giving funds too, into scolarship involving one million science and engeenering graduates a year.

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      1. Chinese environment is too much damaged to be preserved now


      China is said to be very dirty, doesn’t know the environment rules, and doesn’t have funds to preserve the nature. That’s true, they don’t begin in the best way to launch their industry. Actually, Chinese are more and more conscious of the pollution’s troubles. Moreover, the government is setting important measures to reduce smoggy in order to decrease the air and water pollution in the country and especially to protect the population’s health. Leadership in China creates new jobs so that clean up cities and take in charge energy supplies.

      Furthermore: What is China doing to tackle its air pollution?

      1. Important inefficient investment and debts are rising

      These last years, Chinese economy is led by buildings, roads, infrastructures. That’s why, fuels spending are increasing which involve China’s debt’s rising.  While yuan’s devaluation, debt’s China’s economy quadrupled and reached 28,2 trillion the last year.

      However, China is totally able to fight against the crisis and it debt is less important than it Western neighbors. Indeed, crisis impact only a thin Chinese market’s segment and troubles couldn’t be worst. Economy in China must grow, slowly but surely.

      Then, Chinese companies’ activity is increasing and they represent more than 60 percent of Chinese market cap. The stock market came down from 150 to 40 percent the last year. This low economy involves a consumption decreasing. China has to be patient.

      1. Gaps between social classes

      The Chinese economy growth created differences of the standard of living between various social classes and especially from region to another. Indeed, Government maintains the entrepreneurship and tries to boost the country’s economy thanks to many reforms. Therefore, many gaps appeared. While rich people become richer, middle and low classes meet difficulties to follow this rythm.

      In addition, many people who are living in remote areas in China, can’t benefit to the education and health care which are not the only troubles. In order to solve its, Chinese population tries to imitate Western countries and creates social aids to be fairer within the country.

      To sum up, most of Western economy’s leaders have preconcived ideas about Chinese development. Actually, even if China still has to progress but it the economy is growing up. The country market is more and more efficient. Then, many Chinese companies are making out among Western giants.


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