How to start learning Chinese and keep it going


The first step to learning Chinese, and any other foreign language, is getting yourself in the right state of mind. This is actually half of the learning process. You will be doing yourself more harm than good if you start being worried whether you will ever become fluent. You know, as they say, the mind has great power in the outcome of our actions.

If you really want to become fluent in Chinese, invest time writing, listening and speaking the language, have fun while at it and have faith in yourself. Do not be lied to that Chinese is harder to learn compared to other languages. This is so not true! In fact, this is one of the most logical languages you will ever learn.

These tips might be helpful for you, whatever your level of learning:

Avoid using words that are completely separate to refer to related concepts. Instead, use a single character to represent the concept and this will manifest in many other multiple syllable words.

With absence of conjugations, tenses, plurals, cases and gender, you will not have much memorizing.

Avoid any long words.

Tones are naturally learned after extensive and continuous listening.


Invest in quality learning materials such as textbooks, eBooks or listen to recorded conversations. You can also access free apps such as Anki, Memrise and Duolingo.

Dedicate at least an hour everyday reading and listening to Chinese. This way, the language will get less and less foreign to you with time.

Fit the language into all the dead time of your day. For instance time spent waiting in lines or while in the bus. This is key to making rapid progress in the learning process.
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Chinese Wedding Traditions


It may vary from place to place but this is clear, the Chinese wedding was an important rite to the Chinese individuals, they had stages to go through before death and this was one among them. For you to have gone through the Chinese traditional wedding, it was crucial to go through the 8 steps, which included: proposal making, birthday matching, marriage divination, betrothal gifts presenting, wedding date fixing, dowry urging, bride being welcomed to the wedding and the wedding ceremony.

Proposal making would be done by the parents but it allowed romantic love from individuals as well. The birthday matching was where they could take the names of both the girl and boy to a sorcerer to check if they were compatible. If the Chinese astrology allowed them to be a couple then the next thing was the boy’s family to offer gift to the girl’s family, it included gold, silver, jewelries, cash, clothes and a special gilded silver coin written on it the word ‘Qiu’ meaning proposal. In return, the girl’s family could also send a coin with the word ‘Yun’ meaning agreed.

After the marriage was confirmed, the wedding would be organized. The sorcerer would be summoned to choose a wedding date which would bring the couple most luck. The boy’s family would go to the family to inform them of the wedding date and urge them to send the dowry. If the dowry would not be send on time, the wedding would be postponed. The girl’s family would prepare the dowry and send it on the agreed day. The dowry quality mattered most, because it was the one that dictated how the girl would be treated in the future husband’s home.

On the wedding, the bridegroom’s family was to welcome the bride to the wedding with a bridal sedan, then the ceremony would begin. It was a joyous day because of the firecracker explosion and entertainment. The wedding would end and the bride would go with the groom to their new home as a couple. They would perform formal bows, this was to gain approval from the ancestors, gods and divinities.


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The 18th Century Porcelain Sculpture


18th century porcelain sculptures are richly found at the NGV. These include a couple of important and rare works by English and Continental factories. This particular exhibition was the first largest of its kind ever held at the NGV. The exhibition was totally dedicated to porcelain and there were over seventy works drawn from permanent collections.

Today, porcelain figures are only considered as decorative objects. However, in the eighteenth century, porcelain was highly held as a piece of art on which a sculptor would spend a lot of time trying to bring out the best in his piece.

These sculptures were greatly refined and they were subject to allegorical and mythological beliefs. This art pieces played a major role in promoting the rich and symbolic culture of a large part of Central Europe. Much of this production was also informed by the visual language of dances and theatre. Any devotional images or portraits that were made of porcelain were used to show an important status level held by the medium in the taste of those times.
The first objects to be made of porcelain were small sculptural works at Meissen. This was from the year 1710 to 1720 and the inspiration behind them was drawn votive sculptures imported from Asia.

European porcelain works were a reflection of the Baroque taste for good cabinet sculptures. These were small pieces of sculptures which were meant to be carefully handled and greatly appreciated. These pieces were used for decorative purposes on banquet tables during court festivals and celebrations. Large scale sculptures have also been made in porcelain over time as a way of testing the limits for ceramic technology. This is awesome.
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Best Gift for 18th Wedding Anniversary

Long before time had a name, there was always a traditional choice on the 18th wedding anniversary gift. Well, ‘the long before time’, is an overstretched phrase but it is true there used to be different gifts for different occasions, including 18th wedding anniversary. They used to give garnet jewelry or cups to their significant other. As time changes also did the gift preferences change, the garnet gifts were replaced by porcelain gifts.

Fortunate thing is the price range is affordable to many people. The beautiful porcelain gifts are available in many department stores. You can make it even more sentimental if you engrave words or phrases that means something to you as a couple. Here are some of the gift ideas:
Porcelain lamps

They are hanging lamps and comes in different colors. They also come in many designs, sizes and shapes, knowing your partners you can be able to choose which she or he would prefer most.

Porcelain candles


They come in different colors, choose on your own liking, on the sides there is usually writings. You can order and give them instruction on what to write.

Porcelain figurines


You can order this figurines with a bit description of what to expect. They can make many animals’ figurines, humans, or whatever you like to be in form of the figurines. It can also have engraved words on it which is an added advantage.

15 piece porcelain cookware set


If your significant other loves cooking then this is the best gift to get. It is very durable and stain resistant, it also complements you kitchen décor. This is a gift he or she will cherish forever.

Porcelain herald

If your loved one is a tea lover, then you have got the most suited gift. It is very durable and easy to clean. It also comes with beautiful patterns on the herald. It comes in a set. They range from antiques and modern porcelain set.

Porcelain flower pot


Many have always bought their loved ones flower but for a change you can give them a flower pot which they can take care of their flowers in. It has floral patterns and is ice crackle glazed. They may also come in a set of 3 which the sizes are different.

Porcelain jewelry

They are handmade jewelry, they can be Limoges or wabi sabi porcelain styles. They are beautiful and one can write beautiful word on it that are special to both of you. They include earrings, necklaces, pendants, watches, bangles, ankle rings and many more.

Porcelain matchstick dog

If you looking for something unique and special for your loved one, then say no more. Porcelain matchstick dog helps lit candles in the evening. It is also hand painted. It comes with matchsticks ready to be used. The size of the matchstick dog makes it easy to carry, it is very light and can be reused.


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