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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How to Learn Languages: My Method (Explained in Chinese with subtitles)
Sep03

How to Learn Languages: My Method (Explained in Chinese with subtitles)

Hey guys! Just wanted to do a quick video update, in which I explain my own personal method for learning languages (in Chinese, with subtitles in English). Feel free to have a look!

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Attributes of a Successful Language Learner
Apr14

Attributes of a Successful Language Learner

When people find out that I speak four languages (this is unusual in Australia, although I know it may not be so in some other countries) they usually immediately conclude either that I’m exceptionally intelligent or some sort of language genius. This can be frustrating at times, since because language learning is a huge passion of mine that has positively influenced my life in profound ways, I’m often looking to encourage others who...

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A little more about me

Hey! So, before we get right into the nitty-gritty stuff, I’d like to dedicate a post to introducing myself in a little more detail (how self indulgent, I know). I’m Dan, from Melbourne, Australia. I’m a Law/Arts student, majoring in Chinese. As a child, I always wanted to speak another language. I thought it was a monumental task, one that you could maybe achieve once per lifetime, maybe. The fact that the majority...

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