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Learn Mandarin with Defense Language Institute online resources

The American Army takes foreign language acquisition seriously. The Defense Language Institute (DLI) is probably one of the finest foreign language schools in the world. I checked out their online database for Chinese.

Chinese vocabulary notes november 2021

Chinese vocabulary notes (November 2021)

Chinese hackers, programming languages, business class high-speed rail traveling, foodstreaming, Chinese facial recognition toilet paper dispensers, little pink: November has been an interesting month!

app review: DuShu vs Easy Chinese news

Reading Chinese: DuShu vs Easy Chinese News

You want to read and understand Chinese texts faster? In this post, I compare DuShu and Easy Chinese News and tell you from which one your reading skills benefit the most.

Chinese vocabulary notes #1

Chinese vocabulary notes (October 2021)

October has gone, but my Chinese vocabulary notes stay!

5 apps that help Chinese learners prepare for the HSK exam

5 apps to help you prepare for the HSK exam

The HSK test is a must for most Chinese learners. If you’re considering taking the HSK, you might be wondering which resources to use. These are 5 apps that help you prepare for the Chinese Proficiency Test.

moving kaohongshu.blog to a new host

Site update: kaohongshu moved to new host

Kaohongshu.blog has been online for more than two years now. In case you noticed some technical issues: It became time to move Kaohongshu to another host. Last week I migrated the blog and updated the design.

7 ways to upgrade your Chinese reading skills in China

Reading skills are vital, not only for high-level proficiency of the Chinese language, but also for daily survival: from opening a bank account to ordering plane tickets. Reading is key. Here are seven ways to boost your Chinese reading ability while staying in China.

5 things to remove from your life to learn mandarin more effectively

5 simple things to remove from our lives to focus on Mandarin

As if learning Mandarin isn’t difficult enough, many distractions creep into our lives and keep us from advancing towards our goals. Here are five things to downscale in order to become a more effective learner.