Chinese Dialects...Explained!

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Hello, everyone! Thank you for following our blog and your interest in Chinese language and culture. In an earlier article, I mentioned that in China there is a large variety of dialects方言(fāng yán). Today we dig deeper into the dialects of China, how many of them there actually are and also how different each one can be. The Chinese language has both spoken and written forms. Written Chinese has evolved in three stages, Classical Chinese古文(gǔ wén), Literary Chinese文言文(wén yán wén) and ...

Mandarin or Cantonese? - Neither

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Whenever you find out a person's ethnic to be Chinese, the instant question that arises is "Mandarin or Cantonese?" "Neither, I'm Fujianese." There are so many different languages in China that it can actually sum up to hundreds. Having different languages also means having different family cultures. I, myself, have grown up very differently from other friends in Chinatown (even though we grow up in the same neighborhood). After Chinese New Year, me and my friends always had a ...

Honorific Speech in Japanese - Kenjougo (謙譲語)

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Welcome to this other page! This article is devoted to Japanese humble language, kenjougo 謙譲語. In English, there isn't a way to humbly express an action unless you say 'I humbly...'. You use this speech when referring to yourself or inner circle, like family and close friends. When using kenjougo you are belittling yourself in order to automatically raise the person with whom you are speaking. However, this is only true if you are speaking with someone in a higher position than you. When ...

Key Beginner Phrases for Speaking Thai

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We have many students learning Thai with us in our classrooms. Here are the top 10 phrases we teach students so they can communicate in Thai with their classmates, teacher, and most importantly people in their lives:



Classroom phrases   

Yes / No                                            

Do you understand?     Yes I do. /

No I don’t. / A little. / One more time, please.

Do you have any questions? 

I have a question/ I don’t have   

paa-sǎa Thai


wá-lee nai hôrng-reean

kráp rěuu kâ/ mâi châi

kâo jai mái? kâo jai /

mâi kâo jai/ níd nòi / pûut èek tee

mee kam tǎam mái?

mee / mâi mee kam tǎam

Classroom phrases  (cont)

Are you ready?  I am ready. / Not yet.

Is it correct?     Yes.    /   It is incorrect.

Thank you / Thank you very much

It’s ok / you’re  welcome

How do you say that in English?

How do you say that in Thai?


Let’s read together

Please write / listen/ look

Homework   /  Student   /  Teacher

I’ll see you next week.


práwm mái? práwm/ mâi práwm

tùuk dtông mái? tùuk dtông/ mâi tùuk dtông

kòrp kun / kòrp kun mâak

8.14.2015 Special Holiday Declared in South Korea

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As you may all know already, this year South Korea celebrates the 70th National Liberation Day (in Korean, 광복절) on Saturday, August 15th 2015.  But it falls on weekend that Korean government decided to declare friday, August 14th, 2015 as one time special holiday (in Korean, 임시공휴일) to observe a day inlieu as well as to boost the economy. There are mixed reactions to this declaration, but the majority of Korean citizens is welcoming an extra day-off. The government expects about 1.3 million ...

The Revered Chinese Calendar

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大家好!(I feel great to be here again!) This is the second article on the Chinese New Year series. In the last article, we learned how to greet Chinese during the New Year and how to appreciate the Spring Couplets. Today we will look at the Chinese calendar, which is more in tune with the natural rhythm of the universe and the earth compared to the regular calendar. We will mainly talk about the Chinese numerals and the Solar terms, the 24 points in the Chinese calendar that match particular ...

TOPIK Info - New York November 2017

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Here are the guidelines for the TOPIK 2017 that will be held in New York in November. We received this information from the Korean Consulate of New York: Application Period: August 2 ~ September 13, 2017 (Weekdays 09:00∼17:00) Application mailing address: Korean Education Center in New York (460 Park Ave. 9th Fl., New York, NY 10022) The application is submitted by mail and in person, arrive it by September 13th. Test fee: $20.00 (cash or check (pay to the order of KOREAN ...

Premium Friday

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A little over a month ago Japan began a new public-private initiative called Premium Friday (aka プレミアムフライデー or プレ金) as part of ongoing labor reform efforts from the government.  This monthly event will take ...

KPOP Star Hyuna Launching Her First North American Tour In New York City!

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Korean Pop Star, Hyuna (Hyun A Kim), is launching her very first North American Tour starting in New York City! She was a lead member of a group 4MINUTE and featured in the Gangnam Style music video, sung by Psy. Her hit songs are Red, Bubble Pop, Roll Deep, etc. Don’t miss out on her performance!     When: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:00pm Where: The Town Hall Ticket for sale: http://thetownhall.org/event/hyuna Youtube (Gangnam Style): ...

Korean Fine Dining NYC - Gaonnuri

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The upscale Korean restaurant, Gaonnuri, is getting loyal New Yorkers with good quality ingredients and a stylish interior layout. Gaonnuri is located on the 39th floor penthouse of an office building at the entrance of Korean town on 32nd Street and 6th Avenue. For first time visitors, it can be confusing to find the place because ongoing construction in the area is currently blocking not only street signs, but also store banners with barricades. However, once you manage to walk into the ...

Kim Bum Soo Comes To NYC to Madison Square Garden

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Korean R&B singer, Kim Bum Soo, is singing at Madison Square Garden this week. His song I Miss You (bogo shipda: 보고싶다) is the No.1 song Korean men sing in Korean Karaoke, Noraebang. The singer is eager to share his music with fans in New York City.       When: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 7:30 PM Where: Beacon Theater Ticket for sale: http://www.beacontheatre.com/events/2017/february/kim-bum-soo.html Youtube (I Miss You): ...

Zara Buys Luxurious Building on Myung Dong St - Seoul

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Myung Dong is a mecca for shoppers surrounded by luxury department stores, artists’ boutique shops, trendy restaurants, etc. where young Koreans meet up and foreigners from around the world visit to feel the dynamics of the capital city, Seoul. Due to its proximity to major subway lines and convenience to access the country’s trendsetting entertainment facilities, real estate prices in Myung Dong are kept high at all times. [caption id="attachment_9821" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ...

An Evening of Umami and Shokuiku

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Last night I had the opportunity to interpret for Chef Kiyomi Mikuni at an event at Japan Society entitled “Umami and Other Japanese Culinary Secrets.” Mikuni is an entertaining speaker whose wide-ranging presentation covered everything from how important it is to develop taste buds at a young age to working with Japanese children on 食育 (shokuiku, or dietary education). Mikuni runs the gourmet French restaurant Hotel de Mikuni in Tokyo, but his culinary journey started in a fishing village ...