"Omnishambles", meaning a situation that is shambolic in every way, was recently named the word of the year for 2012 by the Oxford English Dictionary. Other trending words from the year include "yolo" (you only live once) and "second screening" (watching TV while simultaneously using a tablet or smartphone). But what about the Chinese buzzwords and slang you might have missed?
New York Magazine ran a story that included the above graphic, which showcases Chinese words that are now in vogue. For those studying Mandarin, these words will help you sound like a hip local.
A really interesting article published recently talks about the best countries to be born. Specifically, it ranks 80 countries in terms of the life chance of children born in 2013. The research was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and turns up some interesting results....
Many virtues are bestowed on Western education for fostering creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. However, in many parts of the East and certainly in China, education is heavily focused on rote learning. To Westerners who emphasize understanding over remembering, it may come as a surprise that memorization might actually be working for China.