15 Everyday Chinese Phrases That You Need to Know

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Have you found yourself staring blankly at a Chinese dictionary full of characters?

Thinking that they make about as much sense as Egyptian hieroglyphics?

Since you’ve started your journey in learning Mandarin Chinese, this has probably happened a time or …

The Subtle Art of the Mandarin Chinese Pick Up Line

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So, you’ve been traveling a little around China.

You’ve made a few local friends and perhaps even found a language partner.

Now you want to know how to score a few dates, and eventually find a nice Chinese

7 Video Resources for Learning Chinese the Way Natives Use It

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Have you ever heard of the 10,000-hour rule?

The basic idea, proposed by writer Malcolm Gladwell, is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a subject. So apply this rule to language learning, and you’d need …

Break with Tradition: 6 Online Chinese Courses That Don't Limit You to One Script

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You’ve already decided to learn Mandarin Chinese.

But you’ve got another big decision to make.

Life would be much simpler if Mandarin Chinese came in one, uniform written language.

You know, where you could learn one easy alphabet and …

How to Quickly and Easily Speak Better Mandarin

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Are you feeling 难倒 (nán dǎo — stumped)  over learning Mandarin Chinese?

That’s understandable: It’s tough enough to grasp concepts of 拼音 (pīn yīn — Chinese romanization) and the basics of Chinese traditional or simplified script.

And learning how …

Simple Chinese Words: Vocab to Tune Your Learning

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A man sat down at a public piano and played an entire Beethoven piece from memory.

It sounded beautiful, so I approached him and asked what other songs he could play.

“That’s the only one I know,” he replied.

“Even …

Chat Like a Native with These 5 Chinese Phone Conversation Tips

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Typically, we seek out our phones like they’re our lifelines.

However, when you’re learning a new language and living in a foreign country, there’s a tendency to develop a love/hate relationship with those very same phones. We desire and seek …