Author Archive | Nathan Thomas

How Not to Act Like a Foreigner in Chinese Business: Advanced Vocab and Cultural Tips


China could be the world’s largest economy by 2030.

That’s according to the International Monetary Fund. While it hasn’t happened yet and China’s economic growth has slowed to a “modest” 6.5% per year, the country’s business scene is …

4 Reasons Chinese Is Not as Hard to Learn as You Think


Learning Chinese can seem like attempting life on hard mode.

The writing system is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

The words sound peculiar, and absolutely everything is different from your native language.

If you feel like you’re diving …

The Fun Guide to Chinese Number Slang Online


The Chinese internet is alive and well.

Facebook may be blocked in China, but that doesn’t stop young people from wasting away their lives online just like we do in the West!

The Chinese have developed a whole world …

Chat Like a Native with These 5 Chinese Phone Conversation Tips


Typically, we seek out our phones like they’re our lifelines.

However, when you’re learning a new language and living in a foreign country, there’s a tendency to develop a love/hate relationship with those very same phones. We desire and seek …

The Independent Student’s Guide to Learning Chinese in China


China is a country with 5000 years of history, more people than anywhere else on the planet and an economy growing faster than anyone would have thought possible.

It’s also, of course, the logical place for all serious students

How to Start Learning Mandarin Chinese Today, Not Tomorrow


Wish you could pop a Babel fish into your ear and experience instant Chinese fluency?

Too bad that useful alien fish still hasn’t been discovered.

In the real world, learning a language like Mandarin Chinese takes a ton of …

The 3 Top Types of Chinese YouTube Videos for Language Learners


The alarm goes off. Time to pick up the textbook and get back to the Chinese study.

But wouldn’t it be so much nicer just to relax with a couple of YouTube videos?

Hey, why not do both?

YouTube is …