Friday, September 12, 2014


Tea Time: From Tang to Today!

By ShaoLan

In the West, getting a drink with your friends means going for a pint, coffee, or a glass of wine. In China, you would be drinking tea.

China and tea have a very long history; for thousands of years the Chinese have been growing, curing, and drinking tea. One early historical record of tea is called the “Tea Bible” (茶經; cha2 jing1). It was written by a Chinese man named Lu Yu. In it, Lu Yu explains how tea was discovered by the famous Emperor and healer Shennong (神農; shen2 nong2) when some tea leaves accidentally fell into his drinking water. That is not the only origin story about tea; some say that tea was discovered by Buddha, who chewed on a tea leaf after some particularly intense meditation and found it delightful. No matter how tea was discovered, it has certainly been an important part of Chinese culture ever since!

 


Sunday, August 24, 2014


風水: Living in Harmony

By ShaoLan

What is Feng Shui all about?


Friday, August 01, 2014


Chinese chopsticks: Not just eating utensils

By ShaoLan

‘So and so, would you like to have a meal out with us at the Royal China restaurant? ’, your friend invited you.

‘Such lovely friends’, you think.  

‘Hey, if you manage to eat with chopsticks, we will treat you’, your friend said sarcastically.

‘What!’, you are not sure whether you are up to this challenge.

Don’t panic – there are plenty of video clips online which show you how to use chopsticks properly, so I am not going to teach you how to do that here. Instead, the things below that I am going to share with you are not even known by many Chinese people.


Thursday, June 19, 2014


Sports Mad

By ShaoLan

This summer is a summer of sport. Not only is the World Cup in full swing, but Wimbledon is also about to start in London! Wimbledon has even created a Weibo account and a Japanese Facebook page to appeal to Far East audiences.



Thursday, May 01, 2014


Gu Long

By ShaoLan

One of the most amazing things about learning a new language is being able to read literature from another culture and understand all of the richness in the connotation, diction, and other stylistic choices made by the author. I would know! When I first started reading novels in English it was like turning on a light. I had a much clearer picture of what western culture really was, and I was better able to understand the intricacies and beauty of the English language. My Chineasy method will make learning Chinese easy, but it will still take some time before you can conquer a Chinese novel. Still, if you stick with us, one day you’ll be able to have the same revelations I had. It’s totally worth it!

 


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