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Kuora: The usefulness of learning Chinese

Last Thursday’s episode of the Sinica Podcast featured Mark Rowsell, a.k.a. Dashan, and David Moser talking about the…

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The actual worth of Chinese language proficiency

There’s an argument currently happening on Chinese social media about the value of learning English. The very…

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The Chinese internet is debating the merits of speaking English

A patriotic troll on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo has almost single-handedly set off a massive debate about whether…

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Mingbai: Explaining Chinese idioms and the stories behind them

Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby (who contributed the…

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Kuora: Wade-Giles romanization and traditional characters — why not?

This week’s column comes from two of Kaiser’s answers, originally posted to Quora on January 29, 2018. Why didn’t China…

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How do you say “maternal grandmother” in Chinese? Depends who you ask

Not unlike “coke,” “pop,” and “soda” — words for the same soft drink that have divided America…

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Kuora: Mastering Chinese tones with ‘the Dude System’

It’s easy enough explaining the differences in the tones in Mandarin Chinese, but it’s a whole other matter for…

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The one and many ways of being Chinese

Although I possess only a Canadian passport, people in China have never made me feel like an outsider during…

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