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DAHUA Chinese aims to build the interaction between different cultures with Chinese people. Our motto is, mutual understanding makes the world a better place”.
A different culture and language is a lifestyle choice for second language learners. Some are interested in the beautiful culture, some desperate for business opportunities with Chinese people, some are trying to order a Kung Pao Chicken by using Mandarin Chinese. Learners have very diverse kinds of goals when they choose to learn the language. But how to keep them stay motivated when they are frustrated on learning the second hardest language in the world?
As a Chinese second language teacher, we love to share and introduce the beauty of our culture and history. We also observed learners are more attracted by TV episodes, history and culture stories. Those who are persistent to learn the language to a better level must have a strong motivation that continuously pushes them to learn. And this is what we care about the most.
However, when we are preparing the classes, we can’t find the resources that are suitable for foreign learners that don't have Chinese culture background to reach. That's the reason why we try our best to create a tool for teachers sharing stories to their students.
We wish to let people who have the desire to know more about the world understand how these 1.4 billion Chinese people think, the knowledge they take for granted, and know those interesting insiders’ jokes. And last but the most importantly, we hope the understanding between each other can get rid of misunderstanding and hatred, and make the world better and peaceful.
Let's join us and open the door of a whole new world to explore!
In the Library, there are 4 main themes,
Living with Culture, Chinese History, Business and Celebrities, and Chinese Learning
for our users to learn the culture and language.
Why does my Chinese mother in law scream when my pregnant wife sews the button?
Why does my dad put a screen that blocks the window view beside the door and say it can preserve the money in my house?
Why do most Chinese people hate the Disney movie Mulan and sarcastic the scenarios?
All the misunderstanding and surprises comes with a big “WHY”. Actually, all the myths, taboos and habits come from ancient Chinese peoples’ life experience. These experiences become traditions, and they are exactly how they lived their life and it is now affecting us.
Chinese people think oranges are cold but mango is hot, so women are not recommended to eat oranges during their period? In a traditional yard, it is not only pretty, but also full of symbols that stress you to be more diligent? There are some traditions in Chinese families that make it easier for them to become elites?
In Live with Culture, you will see how we introduce you from ancient times to nowadays all the topics over the food, clothing, living space, transportation, education, entertainment and beliefs. Just like a scroll unfolds how Chinese people live their life in front of you.
The first emperor of Tang, 唐太宗 had said,”以銅為鑑，可正衣冠；以古為鑑，可知興替；以人為鑑，可明得失。”(By setting bronze as a mirror, one can adjust dressing. By setting history as a mirror, one knows the ups and downs of a dynasty. By setting people as a mirror, one can understand what he gains and loses.)
This is what he said when he honored the memory of his favorite prime minister, 魏徵, and also let us know how history being an important part for one to know a culture.
Want to know those soap dramas in the royal families?
Want to know the stories that all Chinese people take for granted?
Want to know the conspiracies and strategies that ancient Chinese ministry officers do to each other?
Want to meet those greats and know their philosophy of life?
Want to meet those famous beauties/handsome in Chinese history?
Want to meet those character archetypes in TV episodes you are watching?
Know Chinese history, and you will have the magic mirror to know why and how Chinese people think, act and say.
Why are there so many crazy rich asians?
There are 1.4 billion Chinese people around the world. They share the same culture and language, that's why Chinese celebrities, wealthiest and great all are globally effective. They not only influence the economy worldwide but also make changes around you, even politics.
Do you know...
Some rich Cantonese would dress old and out of style but maybe are the owners of the office building?
You need to be careful of couples who come from Wenzhou! It’s very common for the husband to do the business and the wife to hype the housing price?
Those Miss HK from the 1970s to 1990s affected every Chinese girl's beauty standard until now?
You also could figure out..
What is the e-commerce shop go-to market strategy by Douyin and Xiaohongshu in China?
How has KFC won the big battle of fast food in China in these 10 years?
Why can some people who work for TSMC skip some responsibility as a citizen?
What do you think about open-border China? A big business opportunity or a big conspiracy? Let us tell you what the Chinese people's philosophy of the business is behind!
Is Chinese learning a hard thing to do? No worries! Here’s the arsenal for you to conquer the second hardest language in the world!
This section provides graded reading material for those who are diligent in learning the language. All the articles are interest-base and fit the level you need. The content includes daily conversations, short stories, important literature and our star product that we have published since DAHUA was founded, which is the DAHUA Biweekly magazine!
Traditional Chinese skills are hard to learn, and you must need a good teacher leading you to explore the whole new world!
The founder of DAHUA Chinese, Caroline is one of the best Guzheng soloists in Taiwan. She taught Guzheng to foreigners in Taipei since she was 19.
There are some pain points that makes these instruments are hard for foreigners to learn:
Do you know there are many styles of traditional Chinese music that fit different local accents? That's why we need to mark the style or the original player beside a music sheet, and it can sound very different, even if they all use the same name like "Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water", "Blissful Harmony" or "The Melody of Purple Bamboo". But this also makes foreign learners confused and frustrated.
Do you know the style of Chinese calligraphy is actually based on history, politics and technique growing? That's why we can easily identify when the artwork is created, just like fashion history.
Do you know the 14 stars of Ziwei Doushu that show the past, present and future of your life?
Who are the gods that affect your personalities?
When will I get married?
What is the right time for me to make a big change?
How to make the best choice in my career?
These are all written on your 12 houses. Chinese people believe in this for 5000 years, that must be something reasonable inside, even if you think it is just a statistical result.
The courses DAHUA provide not just for foreign people to know Chinese culture, but also to contribute to the Chinese second generation abroad. We hope younger generations can be interested in our origin and have gratitude to those who have raised them by motivating them with something cool, fun and meaningful.
DAHUA events introduce many interesting, intriguing and funny historical and cultural topics. Book the limited seats on our booking form and you will be our guest to join us in the events!
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