Are you interested in learning more about the Chinese Language?  Then you have come to the right place. Here we post interesting blogs about the Chinese Language. You will find simple fun facts or more serious topics on speaking, writing and reading Chinese. Did you know that with 2,500 characters you can read 97.97 % of everyday written language?* While reading our posts you can also learn more about Hutong School and what we do.

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Passing the HSK

What is the HSK? HSK (新汉语水平考试) is a Chinese language exam measuring the taker’s language proficiency according to six standardized levels. The test is a good opportunity to see how well you are doing with your Chinese, to challenge yourself into a more intensive learning mode and to compare your level with those of other [...]

By |November 18th, 2016|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language|0 Comments

The number of Chinese learners is expected to surpass 10m by 2020

A new global market study has shown higher growth rates than expected for Chinese language learners. The founders of Hutong School, Mr. Jeremie Rossignol and Mr. Jan Wostyn, announced the results of the study which showed substantial growth in the number of learners both within China and globally. As numbers of Chinese students continue to grow [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language, Fun Facts, Hutong School|0 Comments

Facts about Chinese Characters – Hanzi

Is there a logic behind Chinese characters? For a Chinese learner who has just started to get introduced to characters, the combination of strokes seems arbitrary at best and ridiculous at worst, without any major logic behind. However, that is far from true. A very long time ago, characters were actually often images of the object or an [...]

By |September 21st, 2016|Chinese Classes, Chinese Culture, Chinese Language, Fun Facts|0 Comments

5 most common mistakes when learning Chinese

Embarking on a new language is not too different from scaling a mountain. You start at the very bottom, looking up and the whole thing is towering above you. You cannot even see the top as it is covered in clouds and you are asking yourself what on earth was I thinking, can I really [...]

By |August 31st, 2016|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language, Fun Facts|2 Comments

Everything you need to know about HSK – and how to pass it

What is the HSK? The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语 水平 考试), or HSK as it is more commonly referred to, is the standardized testing system for students learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language – think TOEFL and you pretty much understand the concept except there are three sections of an HSK exam: listening, writing, [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language|1 Comment

Introducing: The Chairman’s Bao

Hutong School introduces our latest partnership: The Chairman's Bao. Have you ever wondered if there is an app for learning Chinese? Did you ever want to read up-to-date news in Chinese, but your level was just not good enough for the Chinese newspapers? 10 years ago, two British students realized how efficient it is to read articles [...]

Rediscovering Chinese: An ABC in China

The youngest bird has left the nest. That bird, figuratively, being me. I was thousands of miles away from my home, but obtained an unforgettable experience. This summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern with Hutong School in Shanghai as a Marketing Intern. Growing up, I had always thought of myself [...]

Learn Chinese with Chi-Nesisch

How are you learning Chinese? Check out Hutong School’s latest partner, Chi-Nesisch, a German company that offers online courses to help people learn Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily. The courses are fantastic online resources for anyone learning Chinese (or aspiring to learn Chinese). Even better, Hutong students get a 20% discount when they enroll in [...]

The Untranslatables

Learning Chinese is a difficult task for many and when translating Chinese into another language, people will inevitably bump into difficulties at a given point because some words don’t have a direct translation, causing non natives to fail to grasp the exact meaning of the word and maybe even to fail to understand the conversation. [...]

How to do business in China: A Practical Language Guide

Last week we talked about the three concepts of time, mianzi (face) and guanxi (relationship) that are crucial to understand if you want to do business in China. Now that you know about the importance of these cultural and sociological ideas, let's get to business with this practical language guide. The Three Stages Greeting Business meetings [...]