The differences between C-Pop, J-Pop and K-Pop

The literal differences between J-pop, K-pop, and C-pop; J-Pop is Japanese pop. K-pop is Korean pop music (English: daokorea pop, short for K-pop, Korean: 가요) C-pop is the abbreviation of Chinese pop, translated into Chinese pop music     J-Pop is widely used in Japan to refer to modern music (现代音乐 Xiàn dài yÍn yuè) [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Chinese Classes|0 Comments

Taking a Taxi in Shanghai

Shanghai is a huge city, and therefore, transportation is big business. Taxis, metros, buses, and the much-loved shared bikes are the most common modes of transport. Why take a taxi Taking a taxi to your home, work or favourite bar can be a desirable and more comfortable alternative to sitting on a stranger’s lap on [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Chinese Classes|0 Comments

Movie Locations in Chongqing

Check Out These Movie Locations in Chongqing | 这些重庆电影取景地你去过吗 Chongqing is an incredibly unique city, and its special geographical location and charming mountainous surroundings have always presented Chongqing as a popular location for shooting classic films. From the 1930s until now, more than 200 films have been shot in Chongqing, attracting many visitors from home [...]

By |August 24th, 2020|Chinese Classes|0 Comments

Free Online Chinese Lesson: Chinese Apps & Expressions

Are you living in China? Or planning to move there? How well do you know the apps and expressions you’ll need to live like a modern-day local? Join us on Tuesday 28th July for a free online lesson with Sang 老师 and learn about the important Chinese apps and key terms relating to their use. [...]

By |July 24th, 2020|Chinese Classes, Learning Chinese, Studying|0 Comments

Post Quarantine Pickup – Chinese Vocabulary

Whether you're stuck in quarantine in China, stuck at home like the rest of the world, or just trying to get your life back to normal. We understand you're probably going stir crazy these days. Week one went from being super productive to now starting wine time at 11 AM. We don't blame you, it's crazy times now. [...]

Coronavirus Series Part 2: Inventive Companies and Digital Innovations

China is a very digitally savvy country, something which was clear long before the COVID-19 situation broke out. But this ‘Special Period’ has seen it gain new momentum as businesses look towards technology to safely maintain operations. Some say that the preference for digital payment tools over grubby cash bills may have actually helped limit [...]

By |April 22nd, 2020|Chinese Classes|0 Comments

Covid-19: A Chinese Lesson Recap

Last Thursday, we held a free online Chinese class called ‘COVID-19: A Chinese Lesson’. Run in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce in China Young Professionals Forum, the event saw Hutong School’s Sang lǎoshī teach over 50 students some of the key words and phrases surrounding the pandemic. The class was targeted towards learners [...]

Guest Blog: 10 Tips for Foreign Students in China

Easily one of the most popular destinations in the world right now for foreign students to study in is China, and it has been for decades. The culture is amazing to immerse yourself in, the quality of the education system is coveted around the world, and there are courses available to suit any student from [...]

By |February 29th, 2020|Chinese Classes, Tips and Guides|2 Comments

Guest Blog: Chinese Loan Words

Chinese may seem difficult to learn for English-speakers, but a closer look at the language reveals a few similarities between them. Did you know that Chinese borrows a few words and phrases from English? English and Chinese come from two different language families – while English uses the alphabet to represent different sounds, the Chinese [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Chinese Classes|1 Comment

Guest Blog: 11 Common Chinese Slang Words

Have you ever found yourself thinking and wondering what somebody meant when he or she used a certain phrase? For instance, if your friend told you to “belt up”, what does he or she mean? Or if he or she said you are “cheeky”. Although these phrases are pure English and you are from the [...]