Returning to Blogging With a New Name

on Feb 14, 2018

What’s in a name? Find out why this blog has retired CrossingTheFluentLine.com in favor of LanguageLearning.SubdueTheSloth.com.

Browsing Netflix for Mandarin Chinese Content

on Nov 9, 2017

Quickly access the Mandarin Language categories on Netflix.

Splitting the Check in China

on Dec 28, 2015

Do not try to go Dutch in China. If you absolutely must split the check, here’s the information you need.

It Was Only 1 Letter

on Jun 29, 2015

My daughter likes soy sauce…a lot. In my attempt to order it for her, I dropped a letter from the Pinyin final causing confusion for the waitress and amusement for our fellow diners.

20 Amazing Days in China

on Jun 26, 2015

This was my 2nd trip to China, but in a lot of ways, it felt like my first. In 2008, I traveled to China to adopt my daughter so the trip was preplanned with guides and drivers helping us almost daily. This time, it was different. I went off the beaten path to places where foreign tourists rarely travel.