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Kevin Lewis commented on anna.lee's blog post Mandarin is not so difficult to learn
"I learnt a little German, a little Greek and a little Japanese in the past. All great ln languages but I guess I never was put in a situation where I had to use them, so they've pretty much disappeared."
Sep 3, 2012
Arkadiusz Kobylański commented on anna.lee's blog post Mandarin is not so difficult to learn
"so what other languages have tried to learn? I cannot speak for native english speakers but as far as I know Chinese people do dot care to much about grammar. if they can get you, it means your Chinese is good enough ;)"
Sep 3, 2012
Kevin Lewis commented on anna.lee's blog post Mandarin is not so difficult to learn
"I definately found Chinese grammar a lot easier than other languages!"
Aug 30, 2012
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Mandarin is not so difficult to learn

Mandarin is increasing in populiarity because of the China is getting stronger and stronger and take a more and more important role in the world, also because of its long history and exotic culture.Some people think…See More
Aug 29, 2012
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Mandarin is not so difficult to learn

Mandarin is increasing in populiarity because of the China is getting stronger and stronger and take a more and more important role in the world, also because of its long history and exotic culture.Some people think…See More
Aug 3, 2012
rosscranwell commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"good explanation. I always thought it sounded derogatory, too...but glad you cleared it up!!!"
Jul 27, 2012
Murilo Peixoto Cunha Melo commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"Great article! I guess that once we become acquainted with the Chinese culture, we realize that the idea of "old" is always positive as it is connected with the notion of wisdom, respect, reverence, affection, and so forth. It is sad when…"
Jul 22, 2012
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Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外

老外 lǎo wài is a very nice way to address foreigners in China and it’s commonly used by Chinese people. We could also call you 外国人 (wàiguórén), literally means "outside country person", which is much more formal.Chinese are fond of 老外 because we think it shows an intimate feeling and it can narrow the distance between…See More
Jul 22, 2012
Gordon Mathieson commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"Thanks for a great explanation.  I had always used wai guo ren and never felt comfortable with it. Now with a better understanding of lao wai, I will used that....  "
Jul 9, 2012
Worawit Sakda commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"Thank you Anna Lee for the interested topic.  I sometime think that 老 it may be mean the someone who have more experiences or knowledge than us. For example 老师 who has knowledge to teach or giving good things to everyone as well as has been…"
Jul 4, 2012

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Shu commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"Very nice explanation Iris :) Lao is a multi purpose prefix ..."
Jul 4, 2012

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Iris commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"The basic meaning of 老 is old. It also has the meaning of experienced, original, etc, and its meaning changes in different context. 老 maybe mean old. such as, 老年人, which means old age person/people; 老朋友 old friend; 老 is used to express…"
Jul 3, 2012
anna.lee commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"小 and 老 followed by surnames is a very commonly way to address peple in oral Chinese. Obviously 老is used to address the elder and 小 for the young, but there is not a specific limit  for the old and young. Some old couples might also call each…"
Jul 3, 2012
Ruaridh Maxwell/麥儒叡 commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"@jono1001 A good rule of thumb in this case is age.  If the person you're referring to is younger than about 30, then you'd use 小.  If they're older than about 30, then you'd use 老.  However, if the person is your…"
Jul 3, 2012

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jono1001 commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"Good explanation.  Can you give some more examples of 老?  I have heard that you can use 小 and 老  with names. Such as 小王. Can you explain how and when to 老 and 小 for names.?"
Jul 3, 2012
Ma Ji Ya commented on anna.lee's blog post Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外
"Thank you Anna for your explanation. I wish more Chinese would explain some of common expressions, so that foreigners don't get a misconception. It will help the mutual understanding, which I think is very important nowadays. The fact is, that…"
Jul 2, 2012

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Mandarin is not so difficult to learn

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

Mandarin is increasing in populiarity because of the China is getting stronger and stronger and take a more and more important role in the world, also because of its long history and exotic culture.

Some people think…

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Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 2:00pm 12 Comments

老外 lǎo wài is a very nice way to address foreigners in China and it’s commonly used by Chinese people. We could also call you 外国人 (wàiguórén), literally means "outside country person", which is much more formal.

Chinese are fond of…

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