Live Lingua - Skype Language Lessons


Category Archives: Chinese

Chinese Family Tree

I still remember the first time I was invited in a Chinese family party. Everybody started to tell me to who are related. Of course, I did not understand anything. Firstly, because my Chinese was not that good at that time and secondly because a Chinese Family Tree gives you a headache. Surely, remembering 爸爸(baba/father) […]

Read Full Article
Posted on November 15, 2017 by

7 Chinese taboos (part 2)

  In the previous post, we talk about some Chinese taboos, here’s a few more: 4.Never say “我 不是 东西 (wǒ bú shì Dongxi)” This sentence will certainly confuse: the words “东 (Dong)” and “西 (xi)” mean east and west, right? True, but when we match them, they have a new meaning: “thing”. For example, […]

Read Full Article
Posted on April 30, 2017 by

7 Chinese Taboos

Everybody knows when you visit a foreign country you should adapt to the new environment. Of course, there will be some “weird” customs you are not familiar with. Let me help you to avoid naïve behavior. Among those, there is the large taboo topic. Some of them are pretty well known:  for example, eating with […]

Read Full Article
Posted on April 15, 2017 by

Directional Words: 左 and 右

 Today is the the third post, the last one, about directional and position words in Chinese. Here are the first (下and 上) and the second (前 and后) ones. Left(左) and right(右) Traditional Chinese writing, writing goes from up to down and from right to left. The geographical Mindset East is left and west is right […]

Read Full Article
Posted on October 15, 2016 by

Positional words: 前 and 后

In the previous article I introduced some useful positional and directional words, 下 and 上. Today we study 前 and 后 , front and back. Chinese look at time as a river’s flow. They always look back at their history, remembering all their traditions: 前天(qiantian) = the day before yesterday 后天(houtian) = the day after tomorrow […]

Read Full Article
Posted on September 30, 2016 by

Positional and Directional Words : 下and 上

As all language learners know, studying a language is not only learning verbs and structures, but also learning about different mindsets and “thinking” in somebody else’s language. For those who study Chinese, for example, some additional words can be challenging. Today we see 上(shang) and下 (xia). In the next 2 articles we deal with other […]

Read Full Article
Posted on September 15, 2016 by

Using 把 particle in Chinese

The word order in Chinese is so-called SVO: Subject – Verb – Object: 我爱你 I love you In imperative tense, the subject cannot be written: 开门! Open the door! Nevertheless, verb (开) and object (门) still have the same position. In Chinese, there is a “trick“ to shift the direct object to the left of […]

Read Full Article
Posted on June 15, 2016 by

The most useful languages for job

Speaking more than one language is important for the job market. Nowadays, even if English is becoming the international lingua franca, still not everyone in the world speaks it, even in trade and tourism sectors. So, which other languages are worth studying, besides English? Every language can be interesting and fun to learn but if […]

Read Full Article
Posted on May 9, 2016 by

Differences between Mandarin and Taiwanese

Many people think Chinese people speak the same languages all around China, or even among Overseas Chinese community. Apart from the huge and substantial differences found in several dialects and variants in China, there is also a well-known recurrent question: Do Taiwanese people speak Chinese? First of all, Chinese language does not exist. The most […]

Read Full Article
Posted on April 27, 2016 by

LiveLingua.com Named on Entrepreneur360™’s “Classics” List!

Live Lingua has been chosen from among hundreds of America’s top companies as one of the 15  Entrepreneur360™’s “Classics” for 2015.  This is the first year that Entrepreneur Magazine has given this recognition, and Live Lingua is the only education company to win an award in this category. The businesses in this category – a category comprised by […]

Read Full Article
Posted on October 21, 2015 by