Guestblog: 8 Best Ways to Learn Chinese Quick and Easy (like a house on fire)

We all know that learning Chinese isn’t the easiest thing one can do, in fact, some would say that it’s between the hardest. Chinese is indeed one of the hardest languages to learn but it’s by far not impossible to learn it even by your own. There are many things you can do to make [...]

Qingdao: Beers, Beaches, and Nature Galore

Beers, beaches, and nature galore. Just a few wonderful things that Qingdao has to offer. With a population of more than 9 million, Qingdao is one of Shandong’s Provinces major cities. This also translates to a nice environment with enough things to do and see. Below we give you an idea what exactly there is [...]

And The Award Goes To…

If you haven't heard, for the 4th year in a row now, we've won That's Beijing's Reader's Choice for 'Mandarin School of the Year'! We want to thank everyone who voted for us again this year for this award. With so many Mandarin schools out there, we're happy to know that we have [...]

Hutong School Alumni Stories: From the Wild West to the Wild East

This week we have a special interview from a former Hutong School student, Michael Danahy. Originally from the United States and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Michael took Hutong School's intensive language course for 3 months at the beginning of 2018 in Shanghai and will be attending graduate school to further [...]

Understanding Chinese Humour

“What are you laughing at?” I bet you’ve heard sayings such as “Laughter is the fastest way to connect two hearts”, or “Laughter is the best medicine” before. Humor and laughter is a big part of any culture, but can vary in format, and language. In Denmark, the humour is very dark like the [...]

Untranslatable Chinese Words

As China’s influence in the world steadily grows, many businesses start to consider learning Chinese an asset. However, most people agree that Chinese is an extremely difficult language to learn. Indeed, there are more than 80,000 characters in the Chinese language. Fortunately, an average non-native speaker will likely feel confident knowing at least a thousand [...]

The Complicated Chinese Family Tree

To all those Chinese learners out there, we're here for you, because we know the struggle of studying Chinese. This language can be extremely difficult with the many different tones, characters, and pinyin. Not only are the tones difficult to memorize, knowing how to pronounce them and actually being able to pronounce them is a [...]

Service Excellence Award Winner!

Yes, we are a winner! We are very proud to announce that we won our third award in a row from iStudy. After 'Cultural Excellence Award' and 'Academic Excellence Award' we can finally add the 'Service Excellence Award' to the list! We were founded in 2005, with the aim to meet the growing interest in China. We provide [...]

Benefits of Studying in China for Western Students

The chance to study abroad is a huge opportunity for a student. If a western student is given the chance to study in and experience Shanghai, for example, they know right away that they should take it if they can. So, what exactly is the draw to study abroad in China? How can a [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Chinese Language, Hutong School, Learning Chinese|3 Comments

10 Biggest Misconceptions About The Chinese Language

More than 1.3 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese, making it the most spoken language in the world. However, the fact remains that non-native speakers represent only a small percentage of this huge group. Why is that so? Well, it seems like most people consider Chinese to be extremely difficult to learn. While this widespread opinion [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|Chinese Language, Hutong School, Learning Chinese|2 Comments