Julie Axelsson

The Mighty Moms Of Dongguan

Moms are role models, professionals and care givers who shape generations. When I was a child, both my mom and…

Culture Shock: Reverting to Life Outside of China

What happens when you move away from Dongguan and return to the place you thought was your home? Does…

Mandarin Rules’ Final Rule

After a couple of years of dedication to the column tackling putonghua, we read the final…

App And Away We Go: Duolingo Chinese Learning App

Learning a new language or trying to brush-up on your Mandarin? There…

Talking with Guests

Stepping away from the usual Putonghua insight, this month introduces you to the Hakka language and…

A Well-Intended TV Addiction

We all look for ways to pass the time and avoid the summer heat, often falling…

Back to the Capital

From early morning walks to secret hideaways and the ever so popular parks, the capital is…

Mandarin Accents: South vs North

Those who have attempted learning Mandarin know the accent changes depending on where you go. The…

The Magical Mystery Tour: Exploring the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics

There’s more to Dongguan than first meets the eye. Underneath the shiny…

Is Chinese Really The Hardest Language in The World ?

Chinese is often called the hardest language in the world with its complex writing and tonal…