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Learning Chinese: Myths Busted

Today we have Beijing-based interpreter Chris Parker, who runs the website “Fluent in Mandarin“, writing on Lingholic. Chris sheds some light on what …

People in the West can stop obsessing about learning Chinese

The leaders of the Western world think their young citizens should be learning Mandarin Chinese. David Cameron said so late last year. And Barack Obama’s own daughter, Sasha, is learning the language.<p>Why Mandarin? The arguments are familiar: First, China’s growing economic heft. “By the time the …

Language Learning

7 Famous People Who Surprised Us by Speaking Chinese

When Mark Zuckerberg gave a Q&A in Mandarin Chinese, the Facebook founder left his audience of Beijing college students—and the rest of the …

China

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese

If you ever wanted to learn Chinese but never thought you could do it, here is a great opportunity! London-based entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh is developing a book, <i>Chineasy</i>, that makes it rather simple to learn basic Chinese words and phrases.<p>The visual system uses playful illustrations to …

Chineasy illustrated characters designed to make learning Chinese easy

This system of illustrated characters and animations was developed to help people learn to read Chinese, and is one of the 76 projects nominated for …

10 Easy Steps to Learn Conversational Chinese on Your Path to Fluency

Have you ever felt like you’ve studied Chinese for hours and hours but you can’t say a sentence?<p>Have Chinese people approached you with a question …

Language Learning

How to Learn More in Less Time with Chinese Flashcard Apps

<b>Chinese flashcard apps are the bomb.</b><p>Download them to your smartphone, tablet or computer and you’re good to go!<p>Or, so you think.<p>Turns out, it’s not …

Learn Spoken Chinese Like a Pro: What You Need to Know to Succeed

You may think that it will take you years to be able to speak Mandarin Chinese.<p>Why even bother when you will never get the tones right, let alone …

Language Learning

Chinese With Mike – Video course review

I “discovered” the videos of Mike Laoshi, at the time Mike Hainzinger, in 2012, a few months after I began writing here on SDC. I spoke well of him …