Freelancer’s Delight: Top 10 Questions You’ll Be Asked in China, and How to Respond in Mandarin

Freelance writing is by far the most variable, infuriating, and futile work I’ve done in my life…so far. Have you seen my resume of dead-end jobs? It’s pretty impressive. Barback, barista, bartender, busboy, carpenter’s apprentice, delivery driver, doorman, dishwasher, entertainer, ESL teacher, file clerk, food runner, garde manger, general construction laborer, general manager of small Italian bistro, grocery clerk, guitar teacher, fry cook, hardware salesman, … Continue reading Freelancer’s Delight: Top 10 Questions You’ll Be Asked in China, and How to Respond in Mandarin

The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin/Talking Taiwan Interview

Author Christian Adams sits down with “Talking Taiwan” host Rick Monday for a ten-minute discussion about Christian’s first book published by The International Scholar, The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin: An Abridged Corpus of Axioms, Vocabulary and Purported Meanings, available in ebook format on Amazon Kindle (ASIN: B00AAJS2JC) and Vook (ISBN:9780393318838) Continue reading The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin/Talking Taiwan Interview

The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin is the Ninth Best Selling eBook on Amazon!

Psych. Here’s what’s true about the post heading. The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin is in fact the ninth best-selling Kindle ebook in the Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Reference > Foreign Language > Instruction > Chinese category. Top 100 Paid This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (This World of Ours) by Haiwang Yuan Chinese for Everyone (Chinese for Everyone (Ebook)) by Janie … Continue reading The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin is the Ninth Best Selling eBook on Amazon!

The Lazy Bastard Has Finally Decided to Arrive

You’ve read the excerpts. You’ve heard the hype. You’ve seen the stupid Word of the Week widget in the sidebar for what, four months now? And let’s be honest, it hasn’t been a word a week; it’s been more like a word a month. We said the book was coming. We said it was going to be available here, there, and everywhere, in this and … Continue reading The Lazy Bastard Has Finally Decided to Arrive

Never Mind the BBC, Here’s the Lazy Bastard

The Third of Eight Ways China is Changing Your World, So Says the BBC

“China has long fascinated the West, but its emergence as an economic power has seen a new burgeoning of interest in its culture and language. Thirty years ago, only its inscrutable leaders were recognized in the West. Now people like actress Zhang Ziyi, basketball player Yao Ming and artist Zhang Xiaogang are global figures.

Meanwhile schools across Europe and the U.S. are offering Mandarin classes to children as young as six, and during the Olympics, Chinese script could be seen on adverts on some London buses. China’s government has sought to capture the zeitgeist, helping set up several hundred Confucius Institutes around the world whose overt goal is teaching Chinese, but which also project soft power.

The number of Mandarin speakers is set to grow strongly, especially in Asia, but is it really able to challenge English as a global language? Not any time soon, most experts argue, pointing to its infuriating tones and a script which takes years to master.”

  • About 840 million Chinese speak Mandarin as their first language
  • Only 375 million people worldwide speak English as first language
  • But 1 billion more speak English as second language, or have learnt it as foreign language
  • Chinese has tens of thousands of characters, though 3-4,000 are enough to read the news
Source: Foster, Angus. “Eight ways China is changing your world.” BBC News, Beijing. October 15, 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19797989
Sources: Ethnologue, British Council

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