2018 is the year of the Dog. The Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Dog is said to be loyal, honest, just and worried.
In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not just paired with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year. Babies born in this year will be believed to be stubborn and not very connected with the world and society.
Celebrate the new year by dipping into some of our fantastic resources on China and Chinese.
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Why is an app an ideal way to learn a new language? Qian Kan, one of the team members behind the OU course Beginner's Chinese and the "Chinese Characters First Steps" (Android only) and “Chinese@OU’ apps (iOS and Android) explains.Read now ❯Download our Chinese characters learning apps
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Chinese at the tip of your tongue: A glimpse of Chinese
Why does Chinese sound so tonal? Dr Kan explains the myth of pronouncing Chinese characters.Watch now ❯Chinese at the tip of your tongue: A glimpse of Chinese
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese, provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. You will hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about their daily activities and order food and drinks in a restaurant. This OpenLearn course will be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese.Learn more ❯Beginners' Chinese
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What can we learn from the way business is done in Asian cultures? The dominant management philosophy in the Asia-Pacific region is a Chinese one, emphasising Confucian values, the family and respect for authority. Does the enduring success of this approach have important lessons for us in the West, or is this management style increasingly redundant, as economies and companies internationalise and mature? This album visits several companies in Asia to explore the relationship between value systems and business management. This material forms part of The Open University course B822 Creativity, innovation and change.Listen now ❯Management in Chinese cultures
This article outlines the structure of the Chinese education system and the study hours expected at a Chinese school.Read now ❯A brief introduction to the Chinese education system
What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll.Take part now ❯12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning
Professor Roel Sterckx explores how the philosophy of Confucius still influences modern China.Read now ❯Confucius - Old Ideas for a Modern China?
Do you want to learn the pronunciation and characters of Mandarin Chinese words to do with education and learning? Try this activity.Listen now ❯Learn Chinese: Words related to education and learning