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Our Top 10 Taiwanese Movies

In Chinese by Gwilym James

We picked our top 10 Taiwanese movies and discuss the historical context in which they are set. In this two-part video, Iona and Teacher Yoko pick their favorite 10 Taiwanese movies. We have organized these …

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What to Call Your In-laws?

In Chinese by Gwilym James

In this #SkritterChineseTips lesson, we teach terms for family members in Mandarin Chinese. After getting married to your significant other, it’s best to use these terms to refer to your new in-laws since it’s unusual …

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Katakana country names in Kanji

In Japanese by Jeremy Arns

Some country names in Japanese are spelled only in Kanji (like East Asian countries), but other countries are spelled using Katakana, which is used for loanwords in Japanese. For instance, America is アメリカ (Amerika). Canada …

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Ghost Month Customs

In Chinese by Gwilym James

On the southern coast of China and in Taiwan, the first day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is the day when the ghost door opens. According to folktales and common beliefs, the …

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What’s New at SkritterHQ

In Development by Gwilym James

Along with the usual updates via our monthly newsletter, forum, and social media accounts, here is a video summarizing some of the stuff we’ve been working on over the last few weeks and months. 3.4.9 …

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10 Useful Japanese Expressions for Beginners

In Japanese by Jeremy Arns

Here are some polite phrases that are very useful when just starting to learn Japanese. This assumes you’ve already learned things like はい (yes)、いいえ (no)、and ありがとう (thanks)! Learn these and you’ll be able to greet …

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The Family Tree in Chinese

In Chinese by Gwilym James

In this #SkritterChineseTips, we’re taking on the topic of the Chinese family tree which confuses even native speakers! ⁠⠀⁠⠀But don’t worry because you don’t need to memorize all the different titles. There are prefixes and specific …