Chinese LoanwordsDecember 14, 2020

When foreign words become part of the language

The other day while driving, my kids were asking me how to say different words in Chinese. They usually ask about things that they see out the windows, trees, homes, cars, etc… But one of them was the word “cheese”. I told them that in Chinese (Taiwan), cheese was pronounced qǐ sī (起司) or sometimes as qǐ shì (起士). I started telling them how this word was adopted from English and that the…Keep Reading


I often hear Chinese is a hard language. But is it really? Why should you learn it?

Usually when I tell people that I speak Chinese, their reaction is to tell me how hard the language seems to be. My response usually consists of an explanation as to why I don’t think it is as hard as most people are led to believe. Sure there are hard parts, but every language has hard parts. I then go on to tell them about why Chinese is an amazing language to learn, and in what ways it is…Keep Reading


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