2019 Absolute Beginners Guide to Learning Chinese
Jan14

2019 Absolute Beginners Guide to Learning Chinese

Have you been interested in learning Mandarin Chinese in 2019, 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 who are lost on exactly how to get started. What’s the Best Way to Start Learning Chinese? Step 1:...

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Language Learning: Accent vs Pronunciation
Jan09

Language Learning: Accent vs Pronunciation

Which is more important for language learning: focusing on a good accent or good pronunciation? The majority of hard-core, nerdy, nitty-picky language blogs on the net promote having an authentic-sounding or ‘native’ accent as being the ‘holy grail’ of language learning. I’m not saying having a decent accent isn’t important, or that your accent isn’t worth working on, but it definitely...

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One Month Challenge: How To Change Your Chinese Learning Habits in 30 Days
Dec10

One Month Challenge: How To Change Your Chinese Learning Habits in 30 Days

Are you lacking the motivation to study Chinese? Keep putting it off for other projects? Haven’t learnt a new character since you started playing Fortnite? If this describes you, a 30-day challenge is just what you need. It’s been said that habits are formed in around 30 days or less. By setting yourself a goal of doing a specific task every day for a month, you are likely to assimilate it into our life as one of our...

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GUEST POST: Finding motivation in language learning – Todd Neve
Aug24

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...

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Chinese Interview on SBS Mandarin
Nov09

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...

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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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