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Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 14 February 2024. Posted in Front Page

Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

The fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year is a special occasion, a festival within a festival. According to Lao She (老舍), this is the climax of the Chinese New Year. It is the brightest and the most beautiful festival. 

In 2024, this brightest and most beautiful Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节) falls on Feb 24. 

7 best of the best Chinese New Year greetings for this coming chun jie

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 01 February 2024. Posted in Front Page

7 best of the best Chinese New Year greetings for this coming chun jie

After January 1st, the next big event is Chinese New Year, 春节 (Chūn jié), also known as the Spring Festival. It’s probably the most important Chinese festival. 

This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on February 10, 2024, bringing the Year of Dragon to us. 

For this special occasion, it’ll be handy to know some Chinese New Year greetings. Whether it is for friends or for business connections, for emails or greeting cards, being able to say or write something nice and auspicious is always a plus. 

Join the discussion: Is your job threatened by AI?

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 11 January 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: Is your job threatened by AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay and it has become better and better very quickly. 

Have something to say about this?

Come and join the first “What Is Your Opinion” session and talk about your perspective on an increasingly important question: Is your job threatened by AI?

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 19 December 2023. Posted in Front Page

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

The much anticipated holiday season is here. We are saying goodbye to 2023, and saying hello to 2024!

Got plans? Travelling? Planning multi occasions for drinking and eating? Having time reserved for binge watching? There is also of course playing video games, shopping and what not. I hope it’s going to be a great holiday for you!

What about learning Chinese? 

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 01 December 2023. Posted in Front Page

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

It’s here! 

Time to give the gift of creativity and inspiration!

We will start with a quiz about our annual event Chinese Writing Contest. Four lucky participants will win awesome prizes!

New title available: Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 3

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 20 November 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

New title available: Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 3

With the rise of generative AI, such as ChatGPT and all of its siblings, people begin to lose trust in what they are reading. 

“Is it written by a human or a computer?” People now often question.

Well, about our latest title, Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 3, I can guarantee you that it is 100% human work, because this is something beyond ChatGPT’s capabilities.

The winner of the Chinese Writing Contest is …

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 01 November 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

The winner of the Chinese Writing Contest is …

Chinese Writing Contest 2023 is coming to an end. It has been fantastic to read so many interesting entries!

Thank everyone for your support. Without you, this event wouldn’t have had a chance. And you made it exciting. Thank you all very much.

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 16 October 2023. Posted in Front Page

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

If you ask any Chinese people to name a day for them to customarily go hiking in the mountains, they will probably answer that it is the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar.

That day is Chong Yang Jie (重阳节), the Double Nine Festival. This year, it is Oct 23, 2023.

To get better is to read someone better than you

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 04 October 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

To get better is to read someone better than you

There will be winners in this year’s Chinese Writing Contest. And for anyone whose writing is included in the Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 3, he or she is a winner. But not all participants’ submissions will be included in the book. That means, someone’s work will be rejected. 

As the contest is closed, it is fitting to talk a little bit about handling rejection.

A whole new universe created with 320 Chinese characters and time to vote!

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 29 September 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

A whole new universe created with 320 Chinese characters and time to vote!

Chinese Writing Contest 2023 was closed on Sep 16. A total of 23 entries were received.

These aspiring writers are from Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea, Switzerland, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, the United States, and China. Thank you all for participating!

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 25 September 2023. Posted in Front Page

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

This year’s Zhong Qiu Jie (中秋节), Mid-Autumn festival, is just around the corner, Sep 29th to be precise, and it is a time for Chinese learners around the world to take a break in their regular study routines and to enjoy some of the festivities. 

Let’s remind ourselves that learning Chinese is also about gaining insights into Chinese cultural practices and about participating in the cultural activities. And you don’t have to be in China to enjoy Mid-Autumn festival.

Participants of Chinese Writing Contest 2023 share their writing experiences

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 18 September 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Participants of Chinese Writing Contest 2023 share their writing experiences

So, what is it like to write with only 320 Chinese characters?

Below are the replies that I received from some of this year’s participants. 

Qian Xuantong - Let’s abolish the Chinese writing system!

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 10 September 2023. Posted in Front Page

Qian Xuantong - Let’s abolish the Chinese writing system!

September 12th, 2023 is Qian Xuantong (钱玄同)’s 136th birthday. 

In 1923, when he was 36 years old, he proposed to simplify Chinese characters, which was the first step to his ultimate goal of making Chinese into a phonetic writing system. He wanted to abolish the Chinese characters.

Don’t miss the closing date of Chinese Writing Contest!

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 02 September 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Don’t miss the closing date of Chinese Writing Contest!

September 16, the closing date for Chinese Writing Contest 2023, is coming soon.

Don’t miss it!

And remember, it’s in Hong Kong time (GMT + 8) 🤞

When commitment is what it takes to get you through

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 28 August 2023. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

When commitment is what it takes to get you through

At one point, all writers have to do is to sit there and struggle.

The first time I heard this line was from a musician who was talking about his process of writing music. I thought, wow, that was commitment. The truth is that this level of commitment is equally required for writers who write with words. 

As Sep 16, the closing date for Chinese Writing Contest 2023, is approaching, it’s worth reminding all aspiring Chinese language writers that, sooner or later, all you need to do is to sit there and struggle.

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