The best Chinese tool for your iPhone / Android – Pleco

“How do you learn Chinese? How do you manage all these strange characters?” is a question I frequently encounter, especially when talking to friends in Europe who haven’t made it to Asia.

Well, it’s very simple. You learn it. Just memorize it, like you used to do with your English or French vocabulary at school.

However, Chinese is a lot more challenging due to the characters. How do you look up characters in a dictionary for example? This used to be very difficult as there are many ways of ordering characters. But know there is help  – technology!

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Babies at the gate

Hong Kong is under threat! No, it’s not greedy speculators, bad air or the shortage of housing. It’s babies! More than half of all babies in Hong Kong are actually “Mainlanders”, babies born in Hong Kong to Mainland Chinese parents. Hong Kong seems to get flooded with Mainland babies which puts an unprecedented strain on Hong Kong’s society. Or does it?  Continue reading “Babies at the gate”

The Eagle visits the Dragon – Angela in the Middle Kingdom


I came across this cartoon on Global Times, a Chinese Newspaper in English ( The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, together with the badly injured Euro kid is knocking at the gates of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City had been the center of Chinese politics for hundreds of years. Now, it is Zhongnanhai, just on the other side of the road.

This cartoon very nicely depicts the current situation. The rich, debt-ridden countries of Europe ask poor China for money. “Hold on”, you might think, “China’s poor and Europe’s rich? Isn’t it the other way round?”. Well, it really depends how you see it.


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