Living Here

Buying Second Hand: A Used Furniture Directory

Spring cleaning; the end of the school year; a deceptively uncomfortable couch. These are all legitimate reasons to yank the amalgamations of particle board, staples and pleather outside to beat

Wish You Were Here: Tips for International Mail

Mailing personal items or gifts across seas or continents can be a disturbing venture if you don’t know the differences in the many parcel mailing services and prohibitions of Chinese

Model Mandarin: Lessons in Love

Top Tip: Don’t Mind the Big Things Tones are important. They can be the difference between buy and sell (mǎi or mài) or between referring to someone’s mother (mā) as

Model Mandarin: Getting a Bargain

TOP TIP: Learn in Chunks Learning Chinese would be a lot easier if you could just take each newly learned Chinese word and swap it for English. Unfortunately, differences in grammar

Model Mandarin: New Year’s Resolution

Top Tip Like making a speech at a wedding, going for your first job interview or moving to a new country to continue your career, things are often much easier

Observe and Report: Civilian Guide to Official Uniforms

China’s broadly assigned law enforcement officers are seen on the street with similar uniforms in green, blue or white, sometimes confusing citizens in need. Lessons have been learned that asking

Model Mandarin: Everywhere, Le, Le

Top Tip Pleco Dictionary is a smart phone app available on both Android and iOS systems. The download is free, but add-ons can be expensive. Luckily, its most useful tool,

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,