Category: Starting out

All essential (and less essential) questions about the HSK exam in 2020

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.

Studying Mandarin: politics and motivation

Is China’s restored self-confidence and CCP led nationalism demotivating people to learn Chinese?

Flashcards: Anki vs Pleco

You are serious about learning Chinese and use spaced repetition to support your vocabulary learning? What’s the best flashcard app out there?

The 6 biggest DON’TS mastering Chinese

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.

The best pop-up dictionaries for learning Chinese

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…

Three character traits you need to improve your Chinese skills

“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.

Chinese dictionary: Why Pleco is irreplaceable

One gloomy afternoon in Beijing, thirty years ago. Chinese language student Lily gets out her dictionary to…

Discover your learning style

If you are new to language learning or want to rethink the process, bear with me for some self-discovery.