Coronavirus Series Part 3: Individual Experiences within a Large Group

We recounted in our previous two blog posts that the Chinese government took extreme measures to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. In response, companies thought up innovative ways for customers to stay up to date and keep their lives in order. But in the end, it’s all about these individuals, and how they hold up during [...]

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

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

Post Quarantine Pickup – Home Workouts

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 [...]

By |April 21st, 2020|Tips and Guides|1 Comment

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 [...]

Coronavirus Series Part 1: A Government’s Response to an Epidemic

For the past months, the world has been caught up in the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Originating in China, recent developments brought the attention to other Asian and Western countries. But let’s take a look back to see where it all began. In our Hutong School 3-part series, we give a comprehensive overview of [...]

By |April 7th, 2020|Chinese Culture|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

End of a Decade, New Beginnings for the 2020 Metal Rat

2020 may have started in the West already, but in Asia and China, we’re not there yet. With Chinese New Year right around the corner, let’s take a look at the past decade and important developments that took place! 2010 On November 11, the ‘Singles Day of the Century” took place, raking [...]

By |February 1st, 2020|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

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 [...]

Learning Chinese Online

If you ever go to China bare in mind that most people only speak mandarin so if you don’t know the language it’s better to get a translation app or maybe learn some key sentences and words to get through your time in China as smoothly as possible. I can understand how this can be [...]

By |January 1st, 2020|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language|0 Comments