How to Effectively Learn Chinese Characters
Apr28

How to Effectively Learn Chinese Characters

  How to effectively learn Chinese characters is no easy task and many learners waste TONS of time learning Chinese characters the wrong way. Fortunately, there are resources out there like the Outlier Dictionary that not only allow you to learn Chinese characters effectively but save time and have fun in the process.     Learn from my Mistakes! First, I’d like to share my own experience learning Chinese characters. For many...

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How to Immerse Yourself in Chinese at Home
Mar31

How to Immerse Yourself in Chinese at Home

Most folks agree that to become a conversational or fluent speaker in Mandarin, you must immerse yourself in a Chinese speaking environment IN CHINA. Yet many of us lack the time, money, or desire to spend a significant time in China. Fortunately there plenty of ways to immerse yourself in Chinese in your home country. In the five-step guide below, I outline ways and resources to immerse yourself in Chinese to help you fulfill your...

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Beginners Guide to Chinese Tones
Mar18

Beginners Guide to Chinese Tones

It’s common to hear from folks studying Mandarin asking whether speaking proper Chinese tones are important. While many are duped into thinking Chinese tones can be ignored, learning proper Chinese tones is 100% essential to becoming a proficient speaker in Mandarin. Let me explain. What are Chinese tones anyway? As Mandarin has roughly half the amount of sounds as English, Chinese people use the same sound with different tones of...

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Improving your spoken Mandarin with a personal Chinese tutor online
Mar04

Improving your spoken Mandarin with a personal Chinese tutor online

Among the top ways to improve your spoken Mandarin is through one-on-one lessons with a personal Chinese tutor.  However, finding a professional tutor for a reasonable price can be really difficult. At least that was how I felt until discovering ways to find a personal Chinese tutor online. Who can benefit most from a personal Chinese tutor online? If you are learning Chinese and not affiliated with any course, taking lessons from a...

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How to find a language partner in China?
Feb19

How to find a language partner in China?

Finding a good language partner is not easy especially if you are practicing Chinese with someone that only wants to speak English.   So what do you do if your language partner only wants to speak English? Known colloquially as the ‘language power struggle’, I’ve provided some tips below to help get around this issue and improve your spoken Mandarin. Why can it be hard to find a good language partner in China? This question sounds...

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