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. If you’ve ever tried to learn characters, you are surely familiar with the constant struggle of memorizing characters to forget them moments later. The fact is, without a regular and sustained routine of review and practice, any given character you learn...

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2018: The Best Way to Learn Chinese Vocabulary
Feb04

2018: The Best Way to Learn Chinese Vocabulary

So what is the best way to learn Chinese vocabulary? When investing time into learning a language, you want to see quick and consistent results. Below I share my personal method for learning Chinese vocabulary to help you do just that.  ________________________________________________________________ My Method for Learning Chinese Vocabulary   I developed my method after learning about the way my own brain works. As such, it may need...

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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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8 Ways To Win The ‘Language Power Struggle’
Feb04

8 Ways To Win The ‘Language Power Struggle’

What is it and why do you need to win? A ‘language power struggle’ is the term that has been unofficially been adopted to describe the phenomenon where two people from different linguistic backgrounds, each learning the other’s tongue, engage in a battle of wits to determine which language will be used for the exchange. As a quick disclaimer, I still think that it’s important to be respectful when trying to win this battle. No...

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