Tea: Story of the Leaf


Six informative and beautifully made documentary episodes about tea: their history, their types, making, brewing, the people who drink it, the tea relationship between countries, the future of it…

Among them, the 5th episode Time Stops for Tea is about tea in the UK.

Watch here at CCTV’s official channel on youtube. It is all in Chinese,  have a go to check how much you can understand! 🙂


An Alarm Over the Incursion of Foreign Words

Few major languages have felt the effects of globalization and modernization more acutely than Mandarin. The increasing use of keyboard devices, for example, has caused many Chinese to forget how to write characters by hand, to the extent that there is even a popular television show in which cont…


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Dates for Next Chinese Course

Check out this fantastic course run by Education China. This is a learning club not just a class. Our students drink green tea and discuss current issues about China in class. Regular social outings are also scheduled outside. All levels are welcome.

*•Latest learning materials
•*Tailored multi-media teaching
•*Fun and friendly club style learning
•*Authentic language environment
•*Opportunity to travel and work in China
•*Participate in local cultural events

10 weeks evening course, run in Hove College (near Hove Station).

Dates for next term: 23 April – 25 June 2014 (10 Wednesdays)

Time: 5.30-7.00pm

Ask us about tuition fee, text books or even just some advice of learning Chinese!wpid-MYXJ_20140129190012_fast.jpg_DSC4767


Transition 前进乐团 – 十万八千里 Shi Wan Ba Qian Li

Transition is a British band who can sing in Chinese! Below is the link for their latest Chinese song:

十万八千里 Shi Wan Ba Qian Li : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffWm_VF-Vho

Previous posts:
1. Documentary about Transition
2. Sorry, my Chinese is not good! (对不起,我的中文不好!)

Because Transition is based in Taiwan, the Chinese lyrics in the videos are written in traditional fonts.


Greeting from Home of Taichi 3


I will still be in 中国 when the new term starts, but I will try to send updates to amuse my fellow classmates in your lessons. I have decided to stay until the end of May. I am having a language exchange with one of the Chinese students here, so hopefully my 中文 will be much better next time I see you, but my new vocabulary is very specific, for example:

脖子 (neck)
肩膀 (shoulder)
前胸 (front chest)
后背 (back)
闭上眼睛 (close eyes)
沉肩坠肘 (drop shoulders and elbows)
周身放松 (relax whole body)
两脚并拢 (feet together)

Not good for conversation! 🙂

All the best,


Inspiring Quotes to Learn A Language

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Are you learning a language and want some motivation to keep on learning? Here’re some inspiring quotes to remind you how languages will open your mind and make your life more meaningful. Read on:

“It is literally the case that learning languages makes you smarter. The neural networks in the brain strengthen as a result of language learning.” -Michael Gove”
“学习语言确实使人更聪明。因为语言的学习使得大脑中的神经网络加以强化。”——迈克尔 戈夫

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
“当和人交谈的时候,以一种他懂的语言与之交流,他便会记在脑海里:若是用他自己的语言和他交流,他将铭记于心。”——纳尔逊 曼德拉

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“那些对外语一窍不通的人,不能真正的认识自己。”——约翰 沃尔夫冈 冯 歌德

“The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.” -Victor Hugo

“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.” – Roger Bacon, The Opus Majus of Roger Bacon
“学习的征服是通过语言知识实现的。”——罗吉尔 培根 选自其著作

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” – Geoffrey Willans
“你绝不可能精通一种语言,直到你至少学习第二种语言。”——杰弗里 威廉斯

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith
“第一门语言置你于生命的长廊中,第二门语言帮你打开沿途的各个大门。”——弗兰克 史密斯

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
“我的语言的局限,就是看世界的盲点。”——路德维希 维特根斯坦

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” – Rita Mae Brown
“语言即有关文化的一份路线图,告诉你人们从哪里来,将要去何方。”——丽塔 梅 布朗

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“语言是灵魂之血,在思想中流淌,在成长中渗出。”——奥利弗 温戴尔 河马

“With languages, you can move from one social situation to another. With languages, you are at home anywhere.” – Edmund de Waal, The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell
“学你所能学的,在任何你所能学的时间,问你任何你能学习的对象。终将有那么个时刻,你对你的所作所为心存感激。”——萨拉 考德威尔

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb

“I wanted to learn a few foreign languages, and therefore I had to go abroad.” – Ella Maillart
“我想学习几门外语,所以我必须出国。”——艾拉 玛亚尔 (via:Chinadaily)

Chinese Swan Lake – breathtaking!

This is just extraordinary!
This performance by the Great Chinese State Circus is the perfect marriage of world class acrobatics and precision ballet. Be sure to watch the entire Swan Lake video for an impressive ending! Watch!

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