Speaking Chinese is OK

This was from MOE’s Facebook, advising parents to speak good English in front of their kids. I have a point to add. Some parents pride themselves in speaking to their children in English. Little do they realize they are really teaching their kids Singlish. Speak the language you are good at. It can be English[…]

Market in Chinese

Do you know 巴刹 is exclusively used in Singapore and Malaysia? It is derived from the Malay word pasar. If you are chatting with Chinese from other nationalities, you should say 菜市场, else they will be wondering who you are intending to kill (since 杀sounds alike) ! 

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Dongzhi (Winter Solstice) Festival! Have you eaten your 湯圓? Do you know why it is called 冬至? If you understand Chinese, the words literally mean “the arrival of winter.” Why do we eat 湯圓? The balls of glutinous rice represents reunion. When I was a kid, I remembered having both sweet and salty 湯圓.[…]

The Beauty of Chinese

Some students complain about how difficult the Chinese language is. I think the beauty of the language overshadows all reasons why one shouldn’t learn Mandarin. Here’s a good example. This is an English poem. You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun,[…]