Language

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Improving your spoken Mandarin with a personal Chinese tutor online

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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 Chinese tutor online is a great way to get professional direction on taking your spoken Mandarin to the next...

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How to find a language partner in China?

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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 paradoxical, especially since anyone who speaks a decent level of Chinese will tell you to spend time in China to...

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2018 Top Tools to Learn to Read Chinese

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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 will eventually slip from your memory. Reading provides consistent and frequent opportunities to recall every...

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2018: The Best Way to Learn Chinese Vocabulary

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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 to be modified slightly depending on the type of learner you are. I find it to be very time efficient, and...

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2018 Absolute Beginners Guide to Learning Chinese

Posted by on 9:15 am in Beginner, Chinese Learning, Learning Techniques, Motivation | 7 comments

2018 Absolute Beginners Guide to Learning Chinese

Have you been interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, but have no idea where to start? Learning a second language is never easy and to be successful requires the best resources and solid coaching from to start to finish. The step-by-step guide below is for all beginners and those considering learning Mandarin Chinese but lost on how to get started. So what’s the best way to start learning Mandarin Chinese?   Step 1: Determine if Learning Mandarin Chinese is Right for You Let’s face it, learning Chinese is not for everybody and it...

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GUEST POST: Finding motivation in language learning – Todd Neve

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GUEST POST: Finding motivation in language learning – Todd Neve

Finding motivation in language learning Todd Neve Of course we would all love to speak another language. But few are willing to commit the time to learn it. Even less are able to stay motivated for the time and effort it takes to become fluent. My own language journey started in school, like everyone else’s. And like almost everyone around me, I bitterly despised those French classes. It felt like I was being forced to learn what I couldn’t possibly hope to achieve without living in France for twenty years. It was not until I was in my gap...

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Chinese Interview on SBS Mandarin

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Chinese Interview on SBS Mandarin

Hi guys! I’ve actually been neglecting my Chinese in recent months due to my return to law school (and reality) – however a couple of weeks ago I was interviewed in Chinese by SBS’s Mandarin channel about living in China, learning Chinese and about Asia Options (an organisation I’m a part of). It was broadcast today. The interview was actually on the day of my Chinese oral exam at University – it was a great warm-up! You can listen to it...

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The Danger of Perfectionism

Posted by on 2:15 am in Advanced, Beginner, Chinese Learning, Intermediate, Mindset/Mentality | 3 comments

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 learn). —- Perfectionism is a quality that many people possess – maybe due to a lifetime of...

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8 Ways To Win The ‘Language Power Struggle’

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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 need to be a dick. The general rule should be that, out of general decency, the person trying to speak the...

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December Challenge!

Posted by on 5:55 am in Advanced, Beginner, Chinese Learning, Intermediate, Learning Techniques, Mindset/Mentality, Motivation | 7 comments

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, whatever, and so everyone is out and ready to party. It’s also the start of the Australian summer – this is bad news...

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