Three years ago, I casted my doubt on the English learning method at Duolingo for Chinese.
I posted my questions on
- Zhihu: 在Duolingo通过中文学习英文效率真的高么？ - 知乎
- Duolingo Community: Learn Spanish, French and other languages for free
- and my own blog: Is it kidding to use Duolingo to learn English from Chinese? - Sinostep
It's really a surprise today to see the picture of my daughter and me together on China Daily, they did not tell me there will be a picture:)
Emily, my 6-year old daughter mentioned in the story, was so excited to see herself in the newspaper.
My Flight to LA was Cancelled
I booked my flight from PVG to LAX on Qunar and it was scheduled to departure in the evening on Oct. 17. 2016.
The airline is United Airlines. I went to their official website and booked the seats. Everything was perfect.
In the morning of Oct. 17, about 9 oclock in the morning, I got a call from a Qunar customer service representative, telling me my flight UA199 was cancelled, without knowing the reason as he claimed.
This Thursday evening, the eve of 2016 Singles’ Day (Nov. 11, 2016), there is not much traffic on the streets.
Chinese consumers were busy collecting coupons, searching and adding products into their shopping carts.
Online shopping discounts encourage consumers to spend more on this special day, sales have already outdone Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the U.S. in the past years.
Task of the Year Before Sleeping
After midnight, it was 24 hours fight to empty the shopping carts of different online shopping sites.
In less than 52 seconds, 1bn yuan (US$147million) of products had already been sold through Alibaba’s platforms. The same amount of sales had been sold through mobile devices took only 57 seconds.
It has been really like a holiday, entirely devoted to online shopping and sales.
How Do Chinese Online Shoppers Buy From Overseas?
Chinese shoppers have been engaged in cross-border import trade over recent years.
Buying overseas products is generally referred to as “HaiTao” in Chinese.
“Hai” (Sea) means overseas, “Tao” (Search) means find and purchase.
Official Brand Web Store
It is the most reliable way for Chinese consumers to buy if they know your brand.
In the beginning, most foreign e-Commerce sites don’t offer the direct shipping service to China. Chinese consumers bought through overseas e-commerce sites, and ship the purchased products back to China through intermediary shipping companies.
Language barriers, different payment, customer service and after-sales service are also obstacles for average Chinese consumers.
Customer service is critical for international buyers, I am sharing my story about Emily’s New 3Doodler Start Pen .