Author Archive | Sheena Dizon

The Ultimate Vocabulary Guide to Family Introductions in Chinese

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Meeting the family can be pretty awkward.

Whether you’re being introduced as the new love interest or even just as a classmate, there’s a lot of pressure to make a good first impression with the parents.

Throw in a language …

Wondering How to Order Food in Mandarin? Start Here!


Deciding what you want to eat can be very difficult when you love food.

But deciding what you want from a foreign-language menu?

That’s even harder.

There are so many aspects of eating out that can be super stressful, …

How to Memorize Chinese Characters: 7 Simple Steps

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Did you know that there are over 50,000 characters in Chinese? How crazy is that?

Out of that 50,000, how many characters are language students expected to learn?

Most Chinese dictionaries only list about 20,000 characters, and just like …

The Hardest Chinese Words to Pronounce and How to Master Them


Yin and yang, P.F. Chang’s… Chinese words can’t be all that difficult to pronounce, right?

The truth? Chinese is one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn.

There are tons of vocab words that are difficult to …

Instant Mandarin: 5 Chinese Character Recognition Apps


Have you ever had to order from a Chinese menu with no pictures?

In China, you’ll find that a lot of local places have their list of food items on the wall, with no English translations and no images to …

4 Ways Mandarin Speakers Show Love Without “I Love You”


How do you say “I love you” in Mandarin?

Well, that would just be as simple as saying 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ), right?

Unfortunately, the reality is that the translation isn’t as straightforward as you’d think.

But that should …

Chinese Birthdays 101: “Happy Birthday” in Mandarin and More


Your Chinese partner just invited you to their mother’s birthday celebration.

It’s your first time meeting the parents (and the rest of the family).

You want to make a good first impression, so you decide that you …