Visiting China? Must-know expressions in Mandarin – Part 6: Money and Banks

Some of the foreign currencies I have laid on my worn-out map of Shanghai

This is the last post of the series where I give some tips in Mandarin Chinese. After having tackled situations like asking for directions, eating out, going to the doctor, traveling and renting a place, here I write the typical expressions you might need in case you have to … [Read more...]

Visiting China? Must-know expressions in Mandarin – Part 5: Renting a house

Chengdu Lu, Shanghai city center

This is the fifth part of the series of tips in Mandarin Chinese for who comes to China and doesn't feel confident enough with the language. While the previous posts such as ordering food at the restaurant, asking for directions, traveling in China, and asking for medical help … [Read more...]

Visiting China? Must-know expressions in Mandarin – Part 4: Traveling

Great wall of China, Beijing

After the first three posts where I provide tips on how to deal with the most common situations in Mandarin Chinese, eg. ordering food at the restaurant, asking for directions and asking a doctor for help, now I would like to tackle a topic that all travelers deal with all the … [Read more...]

Visiting China? Must-know expressions in Mandarin – Part 3: Getting sick on the road

Chinese medicine for cold

After an episode at the restaurant and one with tips on how to ask for directions in Mandarin Chinese, in this part of the series I tackle a topic that is not necessarily cheerful, and hopefully never needed, but in case it is, can be very useful. Anywhere we travel, … [Read more...]

Visiting China? Must-know expressions in Mandarin – Part 2: Asking for Directions

View of Shanghai's skyscrapers in Pudong district

This is the second part of the series I've started this month aimed at giving some hints on how to get around with basic Chinese in common daily situations. One of the most important topics and one of the first to be studied in every language course is the one to enable new … [Read more...]