Welcome to the Great Wall of Chinese – the adventure of one Westerner attempting to scale the seemingly impenetrable Great Wall of Chinese, claimed to be one of the world’s hardest languages to learn. This blog covers everything from cultural oddities to language quirks and Confucian philosophy – so what are you waiting for?

Here’s a few of my favourite posts: Wide Words (this week’s post), Electric ShadowsCoffee – let’s Chinese-ify this., Bright, Clear, and … Tomb Sweeping? World of the Chopstick, A Cuppa Cha,  Chinese FrenchOne, Two, Three, What?!,  Talking Gymnastics, and a whole lot more – dive in!

Over the summer, posting will probably be slightly more erratic, so check back here regularly or subscribe lower down on this page to be notified when any of “Success Speech”, “What’s In a Name?”, “A Root of Books”, “Flattering Jam”, “Oh Joe”, “Blind Crabs”, “Hand Wash Room” or (but probably not all of these) “Make Yourself Competent” is published in July and August 2017!