An Overview of the Chinese Zodiac

An Overview of the Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac, called 生肖 (shēngxiào) or “birth likeness” in Mandarin, is an ancient belief system considered to be a tool for deciding one’s destiny. Following the traditional lunar calendar, this scheme is based on a 12-year cycle in which one of 12 animals is...

Top 5 Reasons to Learn Chinese

Top 5 Reasons to Learn Chinese

Considering Learning Chinese? The benefits of language learning are well documented. Learning a new language can enhance your problem-solving skills, improve your memory function, and elevate your capacity for creative thinking, to name a few. But why should YOU learn...

The 100 Most Common Chinese Characters

The 100 Most Common Chinese Characters

Have you ever wondered what the most common Chinese characters are? In a language of approximately 50,000 individual characters, mastering the most commonly used Chinese characters—and knowing their order of frequency—will benefit you on your path to language...

The Guilin Opera

The Guilin Opera

Guilin Opera is a beloved artform throughout southern China and is one of country's ten major forms of opera. This kind of opera utilizes 桂林话 (Guìlín huà, Guilin dialect) and various regional 方言 (fāngyán, dialects) to tell stories of tragedy and comedy. Guilin Opera...

The Anatomy of Chinese Characters

The Anatomy of Chinese Characters

Reading and writing Chinese characters is often considered the most ambitious challenge that language students face in order to achieve fluency. Indeed, the intricacies which have shaped this character system over thousands of years are both complex and vast. While...

Read More