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How to Have Fun While Learning Chinese

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by Gwen Lee (subscribe)
Staff at, a language school in Sydney teaching adults and children Japanese and other Asian languages.
Published March 17th 2016
Keep the spark alive
Learning Chinese should not be restricted to textbooks, video, or audio learning. There are plenty of activities that can be done to complement your study. Not only will this increase your knowledge, but it will also increase your motivation to remain interested in your study.

Here are a few activities where you can have fun and learn something useful at the same time.

Play Mahjong

Mahjong is a game of picking and discarding tiles to create a winning hand. It's usually played by four people so get your friends together.

Photo: Mahjong Room

Mahjong Room with its traditional 60's setting hosts free mahjong lesson for their customers. You can play mahjong and eat dimsum at the same time, and maybe win some money if you place a wager.

Mahjong Australia has several free venues in which you can play regularly and win $500 or more cash prize.

Enrol in a Feng Shui Course

If you invest in property or work in real estate, feng shui could be relevant to you. Feng shui is a Chinese philosophy of geomancy used to promote harmony and well-being of a household. Feng shui is applied when buying a new property, be it residential or commercial. A property with poor feng shui features will discourage buyers, or if bought without proper feng shui cures, is believed to bring misfortune to people who live in that property.

Australian Academy of Feng Shui

Master Feng Institute

Some experts occasionally offer free feng shui workshop.

Experience Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Do you know that according to TCM, cold wind can cause not only headache, but also tight shoulders and neck? To promote recovery, TCM approach is to repel the wind and prescribe herbs that induce internal heat.

If you are interested to explore alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture, tui na (Chinese remedial massage), cupping, or herbal medicine, you can get a diploma in TCM.

Or simply try one of the many TCM clinics to relieve your aching body, such as the popular Beijing Tong Ren Tang. You get to practice your foreign language skill with the medical practitioners there too.

Go to the movies

Chinese cinema
Photo: Pixabay

Both Hoyts and Event Cinemas show Chinese movies from time to time. For your next movie event, why not check out their Cinema Asia option? The blockbuster hit Kung Fu Panda 3 is also available in Mandarin with simplified Chinese subtitle. A perfect activity for those of you who are learning Mandarin.

Need more Chinese movies? Grab a ticket to the International Chinese Film Festival that is held annually in Sydney.

Learn Chinese Cooking

Want to impress your dinner guests or your colleagues on bring-a-plate day? Learn to make Peking duck in pancakes, prawn dumpling, or sang choy bow at Harry's for only $25 per lesson. Courses are available from basic to advanced.

Chinese cooking
Photo: Pixabay

If you are after simple, no-fuss recipes, try Kylie Kwong's cooking books Simple Chinese Cooking and Simple Chinese Cooking Class.
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