Hanzi-The Essence of Chinese Language

Most of my students would say a big “NO” to learning Chinese characters (汉字 han zi) when they first try to pick up the language, for reasons as simple as “they look scarily complicated”. After a while, they’d realise it’s almost impossible to decipher the language without knowing the characters, as “ma” can be 妈…

Shall we cook Chinese in Chinese?

Well, despite the unhealthy aspects of too much oil or condiment, most people would fall for the scrumptious taste of Chinese food. After learning some basic Chinese, have you ever wondered how do we say grill, bake, steam, panfry, deep fry or cold salad in Chinese? Let’s get started. 凉(liáng)拌(bàn) → salad with dressing served cold…

Let’s count to a billion!

We’ve done the basic counting from 0 to 99, now let’s add on more zeros to spice things up a little. One crucial rule is that in the Chinese and Japanese language, we group zeros in fours for  bigger numbers. Here are the rules: 2 zeros → 100  一(yī)百(bǎi) a hundred 3 zeros  → 1000一(yī)千(qiān)…