LTL Blog – LTL Language School https://ltl-school.com Learn Chinese, Korean and Japanese with LTL. Study online or face-to-face in our schools throughout Asia. Award Winning, 5 Star Rated School. Tue, 21 Mar 2023 09:12:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://ltl-school.com/wp-content/sites/16/favicon-64.jpg LTL Blog – LTL Language School https://ltl-school.com 32 32 Tomb Sweeping Festival // 6 Things You NEED To Know About 清明节 https://ltl-school.com/tomb-sweeping-festival/ https://ltl-school.com/tomb-sweeping-festival/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2023 03:04:00 +0000 http://school.ltl-beijing.com/?p=11081 Every year on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, Chinese people celebrate 清明节 (Qīngmíng jié) “Tomb Sweeping Festival”. This is a day in which Chinese people pay respect to their ancestors. 清 qīng – clear, pure 明 míng – light, bright 节 jié – holiday, festival The festival is celebrated every year on the 15th day after the Spring equinox, the 4th, 5th or 6th April, which is a national holiday.

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Benny Lewis (Fluent in 3 Months) – How Far Did He Get? https://ltl-school.com/fluent-in-3-months/ https://ltl-school.com/fluent-in-3-months/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2023 01:00:00 +0000 http://new.livethelanguage.cn/?p=3609 How far did Benny Lewis get to Learn Fluent Mandarin in Three Months? Benny Lewis (“Fluent in 3 Months”) came by LTL Mandarin School early 2018 for two hours of Chinese class and we spent about an hour chatting in Chinese afterwards. (well not the whole time – I was cutting vegetables for a BBQ also). He was leaving the mainland soon and it seemed there are quite a few people around on the...

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Chinese Valentines Day 💕 Don’t Forget the Date(s!) https://ltl-school.com/chinese-valentine-day/ https://ltl-school.com/chinese-valentine-day/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2023 01:00:00 +0000 https://ltl-school.com/?p=20649 Dealing with one Valentines Day per year is too much for many who choose to boycott the date. Well, count yourself lucky you’re not celebrating a Chinese Valentines Day. Or rather, days… China loves their Chinese festivals, such as Chinese New Year and Tomb Sweeping Festival, and it doesn’t skimp out when it comes to Chinese Valentine’s Day either. How many Valentines Days are there in China?

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Why Does “Horse Horse Tiger Tiger” Mean “So-So” in Chinese? https://ltl-school.com/mamahuhu/ https://ltl-school.com/mamahuhu/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2023 07:00:00 +0000 https://school.ltl-beijing.com/?p=18090 Time to reveal all… While studying Chinese, you will learn a lot of 4 character idiomatic expressions, alluding to a story or historical quote. These set phrases are called 成语 chéngyǔ and they are still common in the written and spoken language today. Among the best-known Chinese chéngyǔ, 马马虎虎 (mǎmǎhūhū) is considered the easiest and the funniest one. This expression means “ Horse horse tiger...

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HSK vs TOCFL || Which Chinese Language Test Should I Take? https://ltl-school.com/hsk-vs-tocfl/ https://ltl-school.com/hsk-vs-tocfl/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2023 13:52:42 +0000 https://ltl-school.com/?p=38950 So the HSK or the TOCFL… What’s the difference? Well, the main difference is that TOCFL is useful if you’re in Taiwan, and the HSK is useful if you’re in China (or anywhere else apart from Taiwan, for that matter). For any Chinese language learner, depending on where you learnt Chinese, you probably will have heard of either the HSK or the TOCFL. Generally, if you learnt Chinese in mainland China...

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The Complete Guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival 🏮 https://ltl-school.com/chinese-lantern-festival/ https://ltl-school.com/chinese-lantern-festival/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2023 19:25:00 +0000 https://ltl-school.com/?p=22275 Today we answer all your questions about the Chinese Lantern Festival including when is it, why does it happen and the origins of it. Let’s get straight to it. Chinese Lantern Festival || When is it? Chinese Lantern Festival || Why is it called like this? Chinese Lantern Festival || What are the origins of this festival? Chinese Lantern Festival || Lion Dance vs Dragon Dance Chinese Lantern...

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The Great Race 🐯 Ultimate Guide to Chinese Zodiacs https://ltl-school.com/chinese-zodiacs/ https://ltl-school.com/chinese-zodiacs/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2023 08:19:00 +0000 https://ltl-school.com/?p=19143 Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Chinese Zodiac animals? Have you also wondered why the order is the way it is? Because the order that the animal zodiacs appear in is not random! To simplify this: The Chinese zodiacs consist of 12 animals, each representing a year. Chinese Zodiacs | Find out your Chinese Zodiac Chinese Zodiacs | The Chinese Zodiac Race Chinese Zodiacs | Variations of...

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Chinese New Year 🦁 The Complete Guide To China’s Biggest and Most Important Holiday https://ltl-school.com/chinese-new-year/ https://ltl-school.com/chinese-new-year/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2023 21:00:00 +0000 http://school.ltl-beijing.com/?p=8107 Chinese New Year 🥳 Chinese Traditions and 10 Surprising Superstitions Chinese New Year, the biggest moment of the year in China! Families all across China will celebrate in their own traditional ways. Many will make Chinese dumplings (jiăozi – 饺子) as a family and hand out red envelopes (hóngbāo – 紅包) of money to their nearest and dearest. However, these local traditions go much further than gifts...

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Happy New Year in Chinese 🎉 Don’t Say The Obvious, These Ways Are Better! https://ltl-school.com/happy-new-year-chinese/ https://ltl-school.com/happy-new-year-chinese/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2023 06:00:00 +0000 https://school.ltl-beijing.com/?p=15135 How do say Happy New Year in Chinese? Well, every other blog will teach you the generic 新年快乐, but as always we want to go one step further and teach you what the natives say! That time of the Lunar Year has rolled around again. You will wear red underwear, you will noisily pop champagne corks and, as tradition requires, exchange greetings for the New Year. First of all it should be clarified that...

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Living in China as a Vegetarian or Vegan // Is It Possible? https://ltl-school.com/vegetarian-vegan-china/ https://ltl-school.com/vegetarian-vegan-china/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0000 https://school.ltl-beijing.com/?p=15530 OK so what you think is… Being vegetarian or vegan in China isn’t possible. Guess what! Living in China as a Vegan or Vegetarian is absolutely possible! Let’s kill the myth and show you living in China as a Vegan or Vegetarian is easier than you might think! Eating meat in Chinese culture is actually considered a sign of prosperity, hence the consumption of most edible parts of an animal is common...

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