5 Chinese Books for Beginners That Are Sweet and Simple

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The story is all too common. You’re psyched about deciphering written Chinese but don’t know where to start.

Does reading Mandarin Chinese seem like an impossible feat?

Don’t beat yourself up—the Chinese language is a challenge even for Chinese people.…

Kick Your Chinese Up a Notch with This DIY Intermediate Chinese Course Guide


The intermediate phase of learning Chinese can be awkward and filled with growing pains.

You’ve outgrown your beginner resources and start feeling a little boxed in.

You still aren’t comfortable enough to just pick up a book, and watching …

Amazing Audio: The 2 Main Ways to Learn Chinese with Audio Resources


There’s this strange stereotype in many cultures about the language learner.

When you mention that you’re learning Chinese, the image that pops into people’s heads is most likely one of you hunched over textbooks and complicated-looking dictionaries, all by yourself.…

The Independent Student's Guide to Learning Chinese in China


China is a country with 5000 years of history, more people than anywhere else on the planet and an economy growing faster than anyone would have thought possible.

It’s also, of course, the logical place for all serious students

7 Unconventional Ways to Learn Chinese Today


Wish you could pop a Babel fish into your ear and experience instant Chinese fluency?

Too bad that useful alien fish still hasn’t been discovered.

In the real world, learning a language like Mandarin Chinese takes a ton of …

Easy Chinese Short Stories for Beginners: 6 Places with Stories Aplenty


When first attempting to read Mandarin Chinese, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a sea of unfamiliar characters.

Don’t fear the deep, dark sea. Jump into the shallows and start splashing around—maybe with some water wings on at first.

We …

Lost in China? 30 Mandarin Chinese Travel Phrases to Help You Find Your Way


If you travel in China, you’ll be given this style of directions. Give them one quick read:

  • Exit the apartment complex from the side gate.
  • Go to the right and walk to the Songyuan Road subway station.
  • Take the