Author Archive | Christina

An Introduction to Modern Chinese Wedding Customs

Do you hear that? The ringing of wedding bells in China. The sound of $80 billion being dropped on this booming industry. Cha-ching! So how much does the average Chinese wedding cost in China? What are some of the wedding …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Rebecca Hundley

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we’ve interviewed Rebecca Hundley. What’s rather interesting about some of her stories and tips is that she’s gotten them from living abroad in Taipei and in rural Yunnan teaching English …

Clearing Up Your Behind: 然后vs之后vs以后

Gah, sometimes it can get a bit confusing when the translations are about the same but there is a subtle difference in meaning. With 然后, 以后 and 之后, they all mean “after” or “behind” in English, yet there are …

Slang for Feeling Down: 囧

囧 Chinese character or iPhone emoji? When I first came across this, I couldn’t tell if this was a real character since it looked so different, just like a smiley face (more like a crying face). For the non-Chinese …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Michael Knight

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we’re featuring Michael Knight! He’s giving tips as more of a beginner and has been making great leaps in improving his Chinese. Check it out in his own words: I’m …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Kerrijane Wennberg

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we’re featuring Kerrijane Wennberg. In addition to taking Chinese classes, she lives in Beijing now. She gives some great tips with some funny stories about her learning experience.. like what …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Ben Charlton

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Ben Charlton! On top of living in China, he’s been studying Chinese for a while and offers with some great tips when it comes to this great but …

The Business Chinese Vocabulary List for Consultants

Do you know how to say “online marketing” in Mandarin Chinese? How about “business model” or “tier 1 city”? If you’re curious, our Mandarin Chinese vocabulary list for consultants (and other business professionals too, of course) has you covered – …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Brad Calder

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Bra Calder! He worked in China for 2 years and just moved back to the states with lots of tips and knowledge about this language and culture. In …

Chinese Slang 101: A-OKAY

That nod of approval, the a-okay hand signal .. all these signs that’ll mean the green light. Whether it’s getting the okay on building a new project you’ve presented to the boss or that new approval on your credit …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Jeff Lau

This week we feature Jeff Lau on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series. He’s got a lot of motivation and a great philosophy when it comes to learning this language. Check it out in his own words:  I’m Jeff. …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Anthony Paglino

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we’re featuring Anthony Pagino! What’s really interesting is that he’ll offer you tips, stories and his experiences from being a student to being a street food hustler in China! I …

Ultimate Chinese Vocabulary Word List for Clothing

Do you know how to say “pants” in Mandarin Chinese? How about “jeans”? How about “cuff links,” “denim,” and “shoelace”? If you’re curious about this and more, you’ve come to the right place. Without further adieu, here’s our Chinese vocabulary …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Jeff Goldenhersh

This week at FluentU, we’re featuring Jeff Goldenhersh on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series. With his experience learning Mandarin and living in China, Jeff gives us great tips and more! In his own words: After graduating from Washington …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Chasity Chan

This week we’re featuring Chasity Chan, an ABC that’s got some great tips and stories from her trips to Hong Kong, experiences living in China and up bringing. In her own words: I’m a 23-year old aspiring physician assistant who …

Business Chinese Vocabulary Word List: Email Lingo

Writing anything in Chinese is hard enough. Do you also ever have to write business emails in Chinese? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of all the common phrases and vocabulary used in business email for Mandarin …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Beatrix Massig

This week we feature Beatrix Massig from Germany who’s been studying Mandarin and law. Not only studying in China but traveling all around China and Taiwan, she offers some great tips and funny stories! In her own words: My name …

The Essential Chinese Vocabulary Word List for Drinks

We’ve all had that moment in China. We want to order our favorite drink or beverage… …but we’re tongue tied because we have no idea how to say it. To make sure that never happens again, I’ve gone ahead and …

50 Essential Chengyu: Chinese Idioms Made Simple E-book

We’ve taken 50 practical Chinese idioms and put them together in a neat, organized e-book that’s essential for being fluent in Chinese. A lot of the chengyu are found from our blog posts under our “essential chengyu” category. …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Nick Menefee

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Nick Menefee who’s been studying Chinese for 5 years, worked in China and now does business development in China and Southeast Asia. I graduated from the University of …

Top 10 Chinese Vocabulary Words for Lunar New Year

The year of the horse gallops our way as the year of the snake slithers to an end! There are all these customs: wearing red, eating dumplings and giving and receiving red envelopes. Why wear red? Well, it brings good …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Judith Meyer

This week we’ve got Judith Meyer who in addition to Chinese .. can speak not 3 or 4 or 5 but EIGHT languages! She’s got her own multilingual blog about language learning and has got a lot of useful tips.…

Personalized Clips For Custom Fit Language Learning

One of the biggest challenges when learning Chinese is that it’s hard to find material that’s at your level. Either it’s too hard or it’s too easy — never just right. Why? Because language learning resources generally have a …

Business Chinese Vocabulary List: Foreign Companies in Chinese

Ever wonder if you’d still be able to ask where the closest “Starbucks” is or “Nike” store in China? How about ordering a hamburger once you found the closest “McDonald’s”? Knowing how to say these worldwide company names can be …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Matt Hess

This week we’re featuring Matt Hess, a fellow colleague I taught along side with during our training program in Beijing before heading to Shenzhen together. One thing’s for sure, he’s really passionate about this language and culture, not to mention …

201314: Love You Forever

Though not an official holiday, on Jan 4th 2013, there’s something called “爱你一生一世” in China. This holiday got its name because the date, 二零一三一四 (èr líng yī sān yī sì – 2013.1.4.) sounds like “爱你一生一世” (ài nǐ yī …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Willa Dong

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Willa Dong. She’s got a very interesting story to tell from her experiences in Asia, as well as her experiences as a Chinese language learner. In her own …

8 Chinese Christmas Vocabulary Words You Ought To Know

As you tie up your mistletoe, decorate your Xmas tree and feast on gingerbread cookies by the fireplace, we’ve got the top 8 Christmas words you’ve got to know for this holiday! You may have already seen some of …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Jesse Appell

This week we feature Jesse Appell on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series. You may recognize him from the viral video, “Laowai Style.” He’s definetly got a story to tell & tips to share as he’s blazing …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Pete Jackson

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Pete Jackson. In his own words: Hi, my name is Pete Jackson. I’m originally from Warwickshire in the UK, and I currently live in Shanghai, where I edit …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Peter Hayes

Next up on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Peter Hayes! While working together in Shenzhen, their band, Black Panda, would play every week at one of the best bars in town! Check out his pretty cool …

300 Videos And Counting At FluentU

This week, FluentU is excited to announce that we’ve published our 300th Chinese language video in our library!! We may be at 300 already, but we’re not planning on stopping anytime soon and will continue to bring you more videos!…

FluentU at ACTFL

FluentU is excited to announce that we will be attending The Annual Convention and World Languages Expo organized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  This year from November 16-18th in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention…

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Ryan Glassett

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Ryan Glassett. Through our previous experience teaching English in Shenzhen, I’ve come to find that Ryan has one of the best and most 标准发音 I’ve heard. He’s definitely …

Chengyu For All You Efficient People

It’s all about efficiency. Today we’ve got our smart phones synced to our life and every application invented to help maximize time. To buy that new camera or that small laptop notebook? Oh! Decisions… Why not kill two birds …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Alex Luo

This week on our Lessons in Learning Chinese series, we feature Alex Luo! In her own words: Hey! My name is Alex Luo. I’m 23, and have roots in New York, Boston, and Seattle. I just recently moved to …

5 Great Wining and Dining Phrases

Table etiquette in China can get complicated, but doesn’t need to be overwhelming. The first obstacle is to be able to actually pick up chopsticks. The next obstacle is to be able to say the right things at the table, …