Category: Starting out
Are you taking Chinese classes or planning of doing so? In that case, nothing is more important than finding the right teacher. Here are 9 things I look for when it comes to Chinese teachers.
Not so long ago, Mandarin Companion surveyed over a thousand Chinese learners worldwide. They discovered six main types of Chinese learners. What kind of Chinese learner are you?
Are you considering to learn Chinese? What speaks in favor, what speaks against learning one of the most difficult languages in the world? This is what the Mandarin learning community has to say about it.
Should you still learn Chinese? My own answer hasn’t really changed, how about yours?
A wise man once said that it’s good fun for humans to buy a hammer and knock down the walls of your comfort zone.
Learning Mandarin can be a loooong-term endeavor. Looking back on at least 8 years of learning Mandarin, there are a lot of things I wish I could have worked out earlier.
Learning to write Chinese characters: my personal list of disastrous advice and practices that are a complete waste of time and oxygen.
Steve Kaufmann is one of the world’s most experienced language learners and a well-known polyglot. What is his best advise on learning Mandarin?
What can you do if you want to learn Mandarin but don’t want to spend loads of money to attend Chinese courses or visit China for an extensive period? Learn Chinese low budget style. Here’s how!
You’re learning Chinese and looking for a Chinese dictionary app to install on your phone, but don’t want to spend any money?
You’re about to register for a HSK exam or thinking about it? Here’s all the essential information about the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi in one short FAQ article.
Is China’s restored self-confidence and CCP led nationalism demotivating people to learn Chinese?
You are serious about learning Chinese and use spaced repetition to support your vocabulary learning? What’s the best flashcard app out there?
Even though there is no ideal strategy to master Mandarin and become a Chinese dragon, some ways or better than others. And SOME should be avoided at all cost.
Hungry sharks never get lost in the vastness of the ocean. This web extension will help you navigate and sharpen your senses when fishing in Chinese waters…
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” Why you need character on your journey.
One gloomy afternoon in Beijing, thirty years ago. Chinese language student Lily gets out her dictionary to…
If you are new to language learning or want to rethink the process, bear with me for some self-discovery.