The Importance of Guanxi (关系) in China and How to Cultivate It

The Importance of Guanxi (关系) in China and How to Cultivate It The importance of guanxi (关系) Relationships are important everywhere, but in China they are considered fundamental to success. In fact, they are so important in China that the word in Mandarin for relationships, guanxi (关系), transcends its English translation both in depth and … Read moreThe Importance of Guanxi (关系) in China and How to Cultivate It

Why You Need to Understand Mobile Payments in China

Why You Need to Understand Mobile Payments in China Bloomberg News recently published an article highlighting the trend of Chinese tech workers leaving Silicon Valley in pursuit of better opportunities at home, in China. Beijing, the Chinese city that I live in, is considered by many to be the equivalent of Silicon Valley within Mainland … Read moreWhy You Need to Understand Mobile Payments in China

5 Useful Attitudes and Habits to Adopt When Learning Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is a notoriously difficult language to learn. When I first came to China in the summer of 2013 I knew zero Chinese, but still I had hope that I could succeed where other language learners before me had failed. In the beginning I learned the easy stuff. Phrases like “听不懂 (tīng bu dǒng)” … Read more5 Useful Attitudes and Habits to Adopt When Learning Mandarin Chinese

Questions That Effective Language Learners Ask Themselves

Have you ever wanted to learn something so badly that you studied it all the time? If you are like me, then you have experienced the point at which studying becomes counterproductive. When learning something new, it is important to take intermittent breaks. This practice allows you to replenish your “focus muscles” and reflect on … Read moreQuestions That Effective Language Learners Ask Themselves

Using Movies to Increase Fluency and Cultural Knowledge

Watching movies in Chinese is a great way to improve your fluency in the language. Similar to learning a language through immersion, this technique forces you to progress via context and setting. If used effectively, this technique will not only increase your listening comprehension, but will also increase your vocabulary and cultural knowledge. How I … Read moreUsing Movies to Increase Fluency and Cultural Knowledge

Learning a Foreign Languages Is (Use)Less

Learning a language is a waste of time because… 1. The best jobs don’t depend on knowing multiple languages. 2. There is little economic incentive to language learning. 3. Polyglots have an eccentric, if not somewhat negative reputation. Learning a language makes you look smart, but it’s not going to land you that C-suite job. … Read moreLearning a Foreign Languages Is (Use)Less