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3 Words to Avoid in China if you want people to take you seriously

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Want to put your best foot forward and create better impressions while working and living in modern China? Here are three seemingly harmless words that, when used in certain contexts,...
China Simplified: Learn Chinese - "Dying" to sound more casual in Chinese

“Dying” to Sound More Casually Chinese

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Modern Chinese have developed the habit of using the character 死 sǐ (die) to spice up their colloquial expressions. Let’s take a closer look to see what we can learn from these...
China Simplified: Stew talks at AmCham Shanghai

AmCham Future Leaders Committee Event

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Stewart Lee Beck represented China Simplified in today's Shanghai AmCham Future Leaders Committee Event on "Language Learning - Approaches, Strategies, Tips and Tools." Joining Stewart on the panel were John...

China Simplified: Language Gymnastics

"I wish a book like this existed when I moved to China."

Dan Washburn
Chief Content Officer, Asia Society

"A lively and original approach to navigating the bottomless mysteries of Chinese language and culture."

David Brooks
Chairman Coca-Cola Greater China & Korea

"This book should be required reading for every foreigner before getting on plane to China."

Miao Jun
former HR Director, Asia Pacific, Milliken, Inc.

"Ridiculously funny, uncomfortably accurate and totally memorable!"

Grant Horsfield
Founder, naked Retreats

Chinese Language

China Simplified: Appreciating and Complimenting Female Beauty

Appreciating and Complimenting Female Beauty

Beauty is subjective; we all get that. Let’s review 5 timeless expressions that show others you appreciate the beauty of women and the language.

China Simplified: Compliment dodging

Mastering the Fine Art of Compliment Dodging

No matter your Mandarin speaking level – beginner, expert or somewhere in between – be prepared to be over-praised.Never fear, these responses will showcase your supreme modesty.

China Simplified: Our Favorite Chinese Phrases

Our Favorite Chinese Phrases

According to the Beijing Chinese Character Study Bureau, there are exactly 91,251 Chinese characters in use today, from which one could derive an almost infinite number of words and expressions.

3 Terrible Gifts in China
Chinese Language & Cultural Superstitions

The China Simplified team explores Chinese gifting taboos and the tragic (albeit slightly exaggerated) consequences of a guy giving his combustible girlfriend the wrong presents.

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The Mercedes Bends 
Chinese Lucky Numbers & Superstitions

The China Simplified team shows what can happen when a naive foreigner turns what should be a “big face” gift into a complete disaster.

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Gross Emergency
Chinese Language Speaking Ambiguities

The China Simplified team plays around with possible misunderstandings of the common Chinese term 应该没问题 yīnggāi méiwèntí meaning “should be no problem.” This ambiguous term can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on how its pronounced.

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Killing The Panda
Mandarin Chinese Tone Mistakes

The China Simplified team acts out a short comedy showing what might happen if you use the wrong tones for the word xíongmāo (panda).

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Leaving Home For Good
Mandarin Chinese Speaking Mistakes

The China Simplified team plays with the story of a foreigner messing up the phrase “let’s go out” with surreal consequences.

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Chinese History

China Simplified: Chinese Eunuchs of China

Chinese Eunuchs – How They Became “Unnatural Men”

The excruciating surgery featured in this post falls outside “normal” medical procedures. Yet it’s far from rare. China’s Ming Dynasty alone produced over 100,000 eunuchs!

China Simplified: The Foreigner Who Most Influenced China

The Foreigner Who Most Influenced China

Karl Marx? Marco Polo? Kublai Khan? Bill Gates? The list is endless. But if you think about it, one man’s legacy has by far had the biggest and longest lasting impact on the Middle Kingdom.

China Simplified: Chinese Philosophers

The Zi Crew Gets Bombed on Baijiu

Legend has it that Kongzi (Confucius) once met Laozi (Lao-Tzu), a sage 40 years his senior. Nobody suggests Sunzi (Sun-Tzu) was also there, but can you imagine how a heated discussion between these three philosophers might have played out in modern English?

Chinese Business

China Simplified: Zheng He: The Floating CEO

Zheng He: The Floating CEO

Imagine the supreme challenge of motivating 27,400 people in an enormous floating corporation, waves buffeting your 240 separate offices with limited channels of communication, managing the uncertainty of landing…

China Simplified: Maximizing Creativity in New China

Maximizing Creativity in the New China – 3 Key Insights and 7 Action Steps

A mix of generations and cultures in today’s China makes creative endeavors such as team brainstorming all the more interesting.

China Simplified: Whisky or Baijiu - St. Patrick;'s Day in China

Advice For China Baijiu Sessions plus a Whisky Comparison

Let’s take a closer look at the whisky-baijiu conundrum and the creative inspirations of two legendary poets, one Irish, the other Chinese.

Chinese Culture

China Simplified: Advice For China Baijiu Sessions plus a Whisky Comparison

Advice For China Baijiu Sessions plus a Whisky Comparison

Let’s take a closer look at the whisky-baijiu conundrum and the creative inspirations of two legendary poets, one Irish, the other Chinese.

China Simplified: Foot reflexology

Fall in love with your feet! Healing through foot massage, acupressure and reflexology

Chinese isn’t the only culture that believes in healing through foot manipulation. Similar practices have been found among ancient Egyptians, Native Americans and Australian aborigines.

China Simplified: 5 Best and 5 Worst Gifting Options

Home Visit Gifting – The 5 Best and 5 Worst Gift Options

Planning to go with “the bomb” and “the hand grenade”? You might want to consider a more appropriate item to put a smile on the face of your modern host.