Challenge #9 Recap: Why Mandarin Chinese Is So Difficult to Learn

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For Challenge #9, I chose to learn Mandarin Chinese, because out of the two main types — those being Mandarin or Cantonese — supposedly Mandarin is easier to learn and the most commonly spoken amongst the people of China.

Note: When I say "easier to learn," I still mean hard as shit, although the entire language was simplified thousands of years ago; meaning somehow it used to be EVEN MORE difficult.

The Chinese language originated out of the necessity to send messages thousands of miles without having to play the world's most complicated game of telephone. So the people decided, like a toddler would, to just draw tiny pictures of everything needing to be conveyed, thus completely giving the middle finger to spell ... Continue Reading

The 5 Strangest Jobs Found in China

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Most people have probably had a shitty, disposable job at some point in their life — I know I have. Maybe you're in one now, writing a post about strange Chinese jobs, or if you're not me, you might be sitting at work reading this post on your phone in a futile attempt to escape boredom. Hell, just look at that chick spacing out.

There are some jobs found in every country (construction worker, farmer, whore) and some jobs that are solely bred from unique cultural conditions found ... Continue Reading

25 Chinese Knockoff Toys That Will Completely Ruin Your Childhood

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I thought I already covered the "Most Ridiculous Examples of Chinese Knockoffs That Aren't Fooling Anybody" with the last post. However, I reserved a special list specifically for toys designed by the Chinese to utterly destroy someone's childhood.

When I think back to all the action figures I had as a kid (and still have), I can't help but bask in a world of nostalgia where superheroes were always victorious over their enemies and in most cases won the hearts of the girls they ... Continue Reading

Top 10 Chinese Martial Arts Movies of All Time

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In this country, we don't expect much from martial arts movies. Out-of-sync dialog and a shallow, played out plot ("you killed my [father/master/mother/wife/dog/cat], so now to avenge their death I'm going to kill [you/your father/master/mother/wife/dog/cat]") is totally acceptable as long as some serious ass kicking happens along the way.

In all fairness, for this list I could have just listed ten Bruce Lee movies and wiped my hands of writing because we all know Bruce Lee kicks ... Continue Reading

Most Ridiculous Examples of Chinese Knockoffs That Aren't Fooling Anybody

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Since 2010, China has topped the list as the world's leading manufacture, so it should come as no surprise that they can tweak a name here and there to easily make a knockoff product.

And if you've been to any major city in this country that allows street vendors to peddle their wares up and down city blocks using sentences that sounds as if they were spewing out a single long, aggressive, grammatically flawed word, you know they'll try to sell you anything — and I mean ANYTHING ... Continue Reading

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