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How to Effectively Learn Chinese Characters

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How to Effectively Learn Chinese Characters

Learning Chinese characters – and remembering them! – is no easy task. Many Mandarin language learners waste TONS of time learning Chinese characters the wrong way. Fortunately, there are methods and resources out there that not only allow you to learn Chinese characters effectively but save time and have fun in the process. As I’ve been studying Mandarin Chinese for many years, I’ve seen both effective and ineffective methods to learn Chinese characters. Knowing what I know now, I think I could have learned my...

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Top Tools to Learn to Read Chinese in 2019

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Top Tools to Learn to Read Chinese in 2019

Learning to read Chinese can be a struggle! Thankfully, I have found out that when armed with the right mindset and the appropriate tools, 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, only 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...

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2019 Absolute Beginners Guide to Learning Chinese

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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: Determine if Learning Mandarin Chinese is Right for You Let’s face it, learning Chinese is not for...

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Language Learning: Accent vs Pronunciation

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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 isn’t as important as many of these other language enthusiasts make it out to be. To clarify, the distinction I...

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Best Ways to Learn Chinese Vocabulary in 2019

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Best Ways to Learn Chinese Vocabulary in 2019

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’d like to share my personal method for learning Chinese vocabulary – hopefully you can find it useful or modify it to suit your needs! 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. Based on this method of learning Chinese...

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

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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 everyday activities. So what if you were to challenge yourself to the habit of studying Chinese for 1 hour a day?...

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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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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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