China Survival Guide

China Basics 101 If you’re about to take the leap and move to China, there are a few essentials that you’ll need before and once you get here. Let us help guide you through that process. WeChat WeChat is absolutely vital when you’re living in China. With over 960 [...]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Chinese Classes, Hutong School, Tips and Guides|5 Comments

2 Cultures Meet For A Wedding

Avoiding the Divorce of Cultures During an Intercultural Marriage With the union of man from a western culture and a woman from a Chinese culture, the question is, how do both of the traditions fit? Does the couple lean more towards one culture or do they find a good balance of both traditions? Here is [...]

Guestblog: Understanding The Difference Between Pinyin and Zhuyin

Understanding The Difference Between Pinyin and Zhuyin This is a guest blog post from TutorMandarin “Your Online Mandarin Tutor” - a 1-on-1 Mandarin Chinese teaching service that uses professional tutors and student-focused lessons to get students speaking Chinese as quickly as possible.  Free download on mobile app and PC [...]

Hutong School Wins ‘Mandarin School of the Year’ Award

We were thrilled to learn that we had been nominated again in the category of Mandarin School of the Year from That’s Beijing Lifestyle Awards. There are a lot of Mandarin schools in Beijing so getting the recognition, as one of the best Mandarin schools was already pretty exciting. With categories in food, [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Chinese Classes, Hutong School|1 Comment

Student Blogging

Meet Emma Emma is an American student in Shanghai who is following the Intensive Chinese Program at the Hutong School. She has been there since August 2016, so she’s gotten to know the city quite well. Emma was previously in Hong Kong doing an internship so she told us a bit about the differences between Hong [...]

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To China

Before Coming To China Coming to China can be a bit daunting and confusing, especially if you don't know anyone who has done it before. Here are 10 things Hutong School students wish they knew before coming to China. 1 It Takes Time To Get To Know The City Stepping off the plane [...]

By |June 28th, 2017|Chinese Classes, Tips and Guides|2 Comments

Using Chinese words in English

Lost in Translation By the time you leave China, you might have picked up on quite a few useful Chinese words that sadly don't have an English equivalent. This is fine if you're surrounded by friends who are learning Chinese, however when you return home, you might find yourself in quite a pickle. Here are some [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language|0 Comments

Summer In Shanghai

Beat The Heat In Shanghai Summer in Shanghai is hot and humid. With occasional painful and constant heat, here are some of the best places to escape steam and cool down. Visit A Water Town If you’re looking to escape the traffic and heat of the city and not necessarily the [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Chinese Classes, Tips and Guides, Travel|5 Comments

Chinese Hospitality

4 Things You Need to Know About Chinese Hospitality This is a guest blog post from TutorMandarin (www.tutormandarin.net) - an online Mandarin Chinese teaching service that teaches students how to speak Chinese using an innovative mobile app and PC Software. "How happy to have friends from far away!" said Confucius [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Chinese Classes|1 Comment

Chinese Slang

Word on the streets Most Chinese slang terms originate from something someone once said which then became a rage and stuck around as modern language. For example, Jackie Chang once said “Duang” in an interview advertising shampoo to express the sudden effect of the product, meaning something like “Ta Da!” and ever since then it has [...]

By |May 24th, 2017|Chinese Classes|1 Comment