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|2 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|1 Comment

Sydney Hutong School – Grand Opening Ceremony

On September 23rd Hutong School Sydney had its grand opening. It was a festive occasion with cake, champagne and ribbon cutting! Special guest Josephine Hao was there as one of Hutong School Beijing’s Alumna, she talked about her great experience in Beijing and she has highly recommended the Intensive Chinese Program. She would recommend anyone [...]

Guestblog: 5 Ways to Prevent Yourself From Feeling Overwhelmed While Learning Chinese

So you’ve taken the exciting step of learning Mandarin Chinese. You’ve got all your tools lined up: your phrasebook, dictionary, learning app, Youtube channels...the works. For the first couple of days, you rush headlong into your learning, and it seems to pay off quickly. You get a few words or basic phrases under your belt [...]

Reigning Champs

It's that time of the year. Award season is here and it's official, we're excited to announce that Hutong School has won That's Beijing Readers' Choice for "Mandarin School of the Year" for the third year running! There are a lot of Mandarin schools in Beijing so getting the recognition, as one of the [...]

By |August 1st, 2018|Awards, Chinese Classes, Chinese Language, Hutong School|0 Comments