Language Learning Documentation: Translating an App Notification

Interested in learning a language outside of the traditional, sugarcoated world of textbooks and classrooms? Why not try using your phone? Today I used a notification from the update of my bank app as an opportunity to study some more Chinese (note: bank is 农业银行 – Agriculture Bank of China). I’ve documented my translation process … Read moreLanguage Learning Documentation: Translating an App Notification

Formal Mandarin Chinese (五道口 banner example)

Above you will see an advertisement from the back of a bus stop just outside of the U-Town shopping center. The poster shows two shop owners not accepting cash, stating they prefer customers use their digital wallets (不收现金). The poster was sponsored by the People’s Bank of China (中国人民银行) and interestingly at a time when the … Read moreFormal Mandarin Chinese (五道口 banner example)

The Best Books Have Coffee Stains

Digital means that books should now be obsolete. But people keep buying them. I consider myself a very practical person, but still I cannot find the courage to throw away the books that I have read. Similar to my last post, it just feels too hard. Like I might be throwing away a part of … Read moreThe Best Books Have Coffee Stains

Will Digital ELL Products Eat Print?

Will Digital ELL Products Eat Print? A lot of people believe that digitization is going to destroy print. But is that really true, at least in the context of the ESL industry? Recently, I came upon a report by Ambient Insight (now Metaari), which forecasted the outlook of Digital ELL products from 2015-2020. In this … Read moreWill Digital ELL Products Eat Print?

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

Business Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) The rise of Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡) in 2018 has everything that you’d want in a good China business case. A homegrown company that has leveraged technology and other assets to build a strong brand early on. So, what can we learn from Luckin Coffee about doing business in China? … Read moreBusiness Lessons from Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡)

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

On Community and the Internet: A Few Good Friends

What’s the main difference between being happy and sad? A few good friends. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that true happiness comes from the amount of zeros on our bank statements, but life is more complicated than that. Sure, money provides a solid dopamine kick. But it never last long. In … Read moreOn Community and the Internet: A Few Good Friends