21 8 / 2014

20 8 / 2014

bearsthethird:

mapsontheweb:

The varieties of spoken Chinese in Eastern China and Taiwan.

What’s represented here are mostly minority group languages in China. Also keep in mind there are different dialects of Mandarin for basically every province and some cities! Here’s a map: 

Like for example, Sichuan dialect is WAYYYY different from regular Mandarin! You can kind of understand it, but… it sounds very distinct. Most Chinese will speak one dialect at home and speak Mandarin in school and when they travel outside their hometown. 

I lived in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province (situated in the pink area representing the Ji-Lu group of dialects) while I was studying in China, and Jinan actually has its own distinct dialect known as 济南话, Jinanhua (lit. “Jinan-speak”). 
The Mandarin spoken there is pretty standard so communication wasn’t too much of an issue. However, sometimes old ladies on the bus or some street vendors would speak Jinanhua, at which point all I could do was smile and nod politely.
If you’re interested in hearing what Jinanhua sounds like, and maybe even learning a few words and phrases, you can do so here.

bearsthethird:

mapsontheweb:

The varieties of spoken Chinese in Eastern China and Taiwan.

What’s represented here are mostly minority group languages in China. Also keep in mind there are different dialects of Mandarin for basically every province and some cities! Here’s a map: 

Like for example, Sichuan dialect is WAYYYY different from regular Mandarin! You can kind of understand it, but… it sounds very distinct. Most Chinese will speak one dialect at home and speak Mandarin in school and when they travel outside their hometown. 

I lived in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province (situated in the pink area representing the Ji-Lu group of dialects) while I was studying in China, and Jinan actually has its own distinct dialect known as 济南话, Jinanhua (lit. “Jinan-speak”). 

The Mandarin spoken there is pretty standard so communication wasn’t too much of an issue. However, sometimes old ladies on the bus or some street vendors would speak Jinanhua, at which point all I could do was smile and nod politely.

If you’re interested in hearing what Jinanhua sounds like, and maybe even learning a few words and phrases, you can do so here.

(via bao4li3)

19 8 / 2014

10 Life Lessons From Confucius - Off the Great Wall

I’m not really the biggest fan of Confucius, because his philosophy is actually very sexist and classist due to the emphasis on strict social hierarchies and all that, but that’s not to say that he didn’t have some good ideas…

19 8 / 2014

guardian:

Students of the Shaolin Tagou martial arts school create mesmerising patterns as they practice for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

(Source: theguardian.com)

18 8 / 2014

Dinner: tofu, bak choi and (homemade) pan-fried wontons in a chilli & vinegar sauce.

Dinner: tofu, bak choi and (homemade) pan-fried wontons in a chilli & vinegar sauce.

18 8 / 2014

Chinese Fashion Through the Dynasties - Off the Great Wall

17 8 / 2014

foodopia:

chinese scallion pancakes: recipe here

葱油饼 (cong youbing) - I used to eat these so often in China. I make them myself now because they’re so simple and tasty!

foodopia:

chinese scallion pancakes: recipe here

葱油饼 (cong youbing) - I used to eat these so often in China. I make them myself now because they’re so simple and tasty!

16 8 / 2014

15 8 / 2014

theworldofchinese:

Paris Fashion Mag features China’s famous “facekini” in photoshoot

It’s always nice to see inspiration from China, but I still think this particular trend is not for me…

15 8 / 2014