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|3 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|4 Comments

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 [...]

Learning 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 words into another language, people will inevitably bump into difficulties at a given point because some words don’t have a direct translation. This causes non natives to fail to grasp the exact meaning of the word and maybe even to fail to understand [...]

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 [...]

Hutong School Moscow – The first classes and cultural activities have started

We’re happy to announce that the first classes and cultural activities have started at our Hutong School branch in Moscow and our new students love it! From learning Mandarin to getting familiar with some typical Chinese traditions such as chūnjié (春节 or Chinese New Year) and the art of dumpling making, our [...]

Chinese Pronunciation – How to Avoid Tripping Over Unfamiliar Sounds

There are many sounds that exist in Chinese which do not have an easy equivalent in English, French, Italian or other common European languages. Wrestling with these sounds can be a big challenge for language learners and, in my experience, leads to many blank stares in small Chinese restaurants as the confused locals struggle [...]

How to Survive Your First Day in China: A Full Guide, from the Airport to Your Hotel Room!

It happened. You’ve arrived.