Learning Chinese

Standing on the frozen Songhua river in Harbin

Big city, big company, big dreams. Living and working at EF Chengdu.

I found myself in a situation where a lot of people find themselves. In the early summer of 2017 and I had just graduated. I was feeling very proud of myself, let out a sigh of relief then asked myself, “So now what?”.  Whilst looking for jobs I saw a job ad for teaching English in China and I thought I’d at least apply. Within a week of applying I had completed the interview process and received my job offer from English First (EF). I was going to live in China. Prior to starting my job, I had absolutely no…

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The confucius institute at the University of Nottingham next door to our office at Noon Elite Recruitment. Many test centres are based on university campuses and they are prestigious buildings.

HSK – Everything there is to know

HSK. You hear it when looking at Chinese courses, on job adverts and see it required on University courses. But what is it and why is it worth looking into? This post is is all things HSK.  What it shows, why to take it and what it stands for? Here’s everything you need to know… What it is HSK stands for hanyu shuiping kaoshi. This literally means Chinese language water level examination. More accurately translated to Chinese language level exam, or, examination of your Chinese language level.  The examination is run and accredited by Hanban, a department ran by the…

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We-Chatting your way to fluency. Learn Chinese the ‘Smart’ way

We-Chat your way to learn Chinese China doesn’t use Facebook and instead has its own set of popular social networking tools. We-Chat is a popular free chatting smart phone app that is used to both share statuses, broadcast mobile photos and Chat on instant messenger, one that almost everyone in the entire country has. We-Chat is a great free app. And also happens to be the main reason that I consider my written Chinese to have developed so quickly.If you want to learn Chinese, it can be a great tool. Every day since I got the app. I have used it…

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Learning Chinese

If you want to learn Chinese then the best place to do this is in China, the country itself. Languages are best learned with regular practice and learning Chinese is no exception. By simply living here and overhearing the dialect you will be constantly exposed to overhearing and thus revising and practicing everyday phrases you learn from your study books over and over again. When I first came to China my Chinese language level was such that I knew little past hello (你好) and thank you(谢谢). In the one and a half years since then I have found myself studying…

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