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Sinology

Pinyin's rise fuels dispute over what's in a name

A debate is growing in cyberspace about a trend that has seen more mainland universities adopt pinyin - romanised versions of Mandarin script - for the official English translations of their names in recent years, with some people hailing the trend as a good reflection of

Monday, 23 July, 2012, 12:00am

To learn the language, live the culture

When Austrian Andreas Laimbock, 33, came to China in 2002 to learn Putonghua, he ran into a wall of discouraging obstacles. But the hardship proved inspirational, and four years ago he set up the LTL Mandarin School in Beijing to help foreigners master what can at times seem like 'a language from a different planet'.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Gift of tongues

There are times when Hayley Goldberg wishes she knew Chinese and could offer more help to her daughter Ativa. A Primary Two pupil, Ativa attends a local school in Ma On Shan, where every subject apart from English is taught and assessed in Chinese.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese Writer

Chinese Writer by Molatra is an app to help children learn Chinese in an enjoyable way. It's a character learning game that makes recognising characters and stroke order part of its game play. It teaches correct stroke orders of words with English explanations and audio cues with pinyin. Learners read, write and hear words while trying to beat the clock.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cruel bloggers criticise 'privileged' pair

The death of the two Chinese students has triggered heated debate online about 'privilege' because the victims were shot in a luxury car.

Many mainland media outlets emphasised the fact that Wu Ying and her friend Qu Ming, both 23, were shot in a BMW, a symbol of wealth for the mainland's average wage earners.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese speakers think out of the box

The brains of Chinese-language speakers work differently from those who speak western tongues, Chinese University scientists say - a finding that may have profound implications for those learning to read Chinese.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The Chinese side of the equation

One of the more perplexing questions of history asks why China - the birthplace of many technological discoveries at the heart of civilisation - took so long to achieve industrial revolution, centuries after it had come and gone in the West.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cultural experience

One of the best ways for expatriates in Hong Kong to experience Chinese culture is through learning Cantonese. Being able to interact with local people in their language provides an opportunity to build relationships that can enrich foreigners' experience of living away from their home country.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rapid spread of English 'is infecting Putonghua'

One of the world's leading experts of Putonghua believes that the influence of foreign languages, especially English, has greatly damaged the language in Hong Kong and even more on the mainland.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No understanding of China can come without study

At one level, Australia's engagement with China in the past decade can be judged to be a roaring success. China is now its largest trading partner and, late last month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the government would release a white paper on how Australia should build its level of engagement with China over the course of the next few decades.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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