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Road signs in Shenzhen to be translated properly

Road signs in Shenzhen to be translated properly

Foreigners living in Shenzhen will be lending their hand in correcting wrongly translated road signs in a three month campaign. The campaign is an invitation by the city transport commission that will focus in changing poorly translated signs. Traffic road signs found at expressways, highways, trunk roads located near Universiade venues, transport terminals and hotels. [...]

Mar 3 2011, 8:42 am | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Hospital invites foreigners to be language volunteers

Hospital invites foreigners to be language volunteers

Shekou People’s Hospital established a volunteers database that lists volunteers who can speak 70 languages for foreigners that are seeking medical treatment at the hospital. This database of interpreters is the first that anyone could find in public hospitals in Shenzhen. The database was built with the standard of the Joints Commission International and for [...]

Feb 21 2011, 7:38 am | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Best priced mandarin courses in Shenzhen

Best priced mandarin courses in Shenzhen

The Culture club near Xiang mi hu in Futian is offering excellent mandarin courses for 50rmb per 1 hour lesson. The owners Clarke and Martin set up the culture club as a place for foreigners to hang out and it has become popular amongst chess players, monopoly players and people who just want to relax [...]

Oct 22 2010, 9:58 am | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Couple learned Chinese in just six months

Couple learned Chinese in just six months

Australian couple Mark and Bernadette learned the Chinese language in just under six months, the couple wanted to learn Chinese so they can communicate with the local people and really enjoy Chinese things and culture. The couple being foreigners felt they were missing something on their five years of living in Hong Kong, so they [...]

Sep 28 2010, 8:00 am | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Chinese speaking contest for expats

Chinese speaking contest for expats

A Chinese-speaking contest held last Saturday at Central Walk in Futian district, with 20 foreign competitors from 15 countries. The contest was organized by China Radio International and a Shenzhen Radio Station. With enough passion and time to practice you can learn to speak fluent Chinese in no time, said one competitor. The 20 expats [...]

Aug 30 2010, 1:42 pm | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Guidebooks available for visiting foreign delegates

Guidebooks available for visiting foreign delegates

A collection of books containing English translations of public signs in Shenzhen is available to visiting foreigners. The book contain a total of 1.3 million words, including a guidebook and instruction book covering 13 categories. And a simplified version will be released by the end of October. The book was compiled by Shenzhen Translators association [...]

Aug 26 2010, 3:21 pm | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Campaign to promote English language to Shenzhen citizens

Campaign to promote english language to Shenzhen citizens

A city wide campaign was organized by the city government to promote the English language to Shenzhen citizens in preparation for next year’s Universiade games. Mayor Xu Qin said a good English speaking environment can bring the city and its foreign guests closer by facilitating international communication. A group of volunteers from Beijing are in [...]

Aug 16 2010, 7:00 am | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Ted Rule’s Scoop on the Script

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Ted Rule’s Scoop on the Script — or — Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Chinese Characters But Were Afraid to Ask! On Friday, May 23, about 50 curious souls gathered for a talk by Ted Rule about the development of Chinese writing. We learned why the language is called Mandarin and exploded the [...]

Apr 12 2010, 10:47 pm | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Keep Your Eye on the Bunny: A traditional Chinese fable

Keep Your Eye on the Bunny A traditional Chinese fable

In English there is the expression “a long shot” or “a very long shot”, used to describe slim or very slim chances of success. In Chinese, a phrase, a fable really, carries the same meaning “The man who waited for the next rabbit to crash into his favorite tree.” The story goes like this: A [...]

Apr 11 2010, 12:03 pm | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

Speaking Better Chinese In Shenzhen

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Many foreigners have problems when trying to use the negative in Chinese.  The Difference between bù and méi is quite tricky. Bù is the negative form for future tense and present tense, you just put it before verb. The sentence pattern is: subject + bù + verb + object (s + bù + v + [...]

Feb 4 2010, 3:40 pm | Posted in Chinese Language | Read More »

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