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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2018 Top Tools to Learn to Read Chinese
Feb11

2018 Top Tools to Learn to Read Chinese

Learning to read Chinese can be a struggle! Thankfully, I have found out with graded readers like the Chairman’s Bao and Du Chinese, there are both effective and fun ways to do it. Should I learn to read Chinese? When learning any language, reading is a primary method for: Acquiring new vocabulary Learning and reviewing grammar structures Seeing how words are used in their appropriate context In Chinese, reading has an extra level of...

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The Danger of Perfectionism
Sep26

The Danger of Perfectionism

CHINA UPDATE: I’m back in Australia! I was in Nanjing for just over 5 months at Nanjing University. It was a phenomenal experience, my Chinese improved immensely and I had a ridiculous amount of fun. I find myself continually daydreaming about the time I spent over there. I did quite a lot of travelling and feel like I have a good grasp of what the country is all about and what it stands for (and yet there is infinitely more to...

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December Challenge!
Dec29

December Challenge!

Okay, so the short answer is that I failed. The long one is that I succeeded. What? Turns out, December ain’t a good month for doing a one-month challenge. I mean, if you’re an obsessive and goal-oriented person like me, then every month is one-month challenge month. However, at least in Australia, you basically have to write most of December off productivity-wise as it signifies the end of a year of school, university, work,...

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Guest: Highlight on Chris Kamp: Australian, Accredited Translator and Fluent Mandarin Speaker
Nov25

Guest: Highlight on Chris Kamp: Australian, Accredited Translator and Fluent Mandarin Speaker

My name’s Chris Kamp. I’m a student at the University of Queensland doing a dual degree in Law and Arts (majoring in Japanese, which I don’t speak terribly well). I started learning Chinese in 2010, before taking a year off to live in Harbin in Northeast China, where I learned to speak Mandarin while trying not to freeze to death. I now work part-time as a freelance translator. I’m also currently the Vice-President for Education of...

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