Anne Meredith

Chinese Society: A Study in Contrasts

Chinese society is often thought of as being somewhat homogenous, but in reality it’s actually quite diverse. From ancient times to the…

What is Putonghua?

Putonghua, also called Standard Mandarin, is mainland China’s official language. As such, it’s also the version of Chinese that most international students…

COVID-19 Updates

Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many students may find their study plans affected. While CLI is currently open…

What Languages are Spoken in China?

China is a vast country with a long, complicated history, and this complexity is reflected in the stunning level of linguistic diversity…

What is the Chinese currency called?

China has the world’s second largest economy and Chinese money plays an increasingly important role in global financial transactions. That said, there's…

How Do I Say My Name in Chinese?

When traveling about in China, you’ll need to introduce yourself to those you meet along the way. The vast differences between Chinese…

How Do You Say “No” in Chinese?

If you’re new to Mandarin, chances are you want to learn some basic Chinese words and phrases. After “hello” and “my name…

How Do You Say “Yes” in Chinese?

Learning to say “yes” is usually one of the first things you learn when studying a new language. Unfortunately, you might be…

China’s Qingming Festival, Explained

Qingming Festival (清明节 or Qīngmíngjié in pīnyīn), also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness Festival, is an important traditional Chinese holiday.…