No trip to China is complete without it. I’m not talking about the Great Wall or the Bund, though you should visit. I’m not talking about foot massages, though you should definitely give them a shot. And I’m not talking about Peking duck or baijiu either, though you should try them as well (might want [...]
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Is Mandarin Chinese as difficult as everyone says? For beginners whose native language is English, I would say that it is as difficult as everyone says – it’s hard as hell. The challenge lies in the fact that there are so many new things to master: for example, pinyin, pronunciation, a new writing system, and [...]
We’re happy to announce that development for our smartphone apps are well under way (finally!). Our app will continue to deliver more of what you’ve come to expect from FluentU: learning through the web’s best real-world content but on an app that is available on-the-go and offline. If you would like to be [...]
Chinese people can’t tell that I’m not Chinese. You might think that if I speak Chinese fluently, it must be because I have a natural talent for languages. But if you had been in my first year Chinese language class, you would know that I was an average student struggling with pinyin and tones along [...]
Perhaps you know how to say “nǐ hǎo,” but not goodbye. Or perhaps you already know how to goodbye in Chinese – “zài jiàn” – but you’re looking for a new and interesting way to say it. Here are 9 frequently used expressions when saying goodbye in Chinese, along with detailed explanations so that you can make [...]
For intermediate and advanced Chinese learners, the goal is no longer simply survival Chinese. The goal shifts towards not only communicating with people on more complex and serious topics, but also to make people laugh and to connect with them on a personal level. Mastering Chinese slang is a key part of reaching these goals. [...]
What’s the best unconventional way to learn Chinese? If you’re tired of going to class or reading a book, there’s nothing better than learning Chinese through movies. Why learn Chinese through movies? Movies are one of my favorite ways to learn, and it comes down to 4 simple reasons. The no-brainer reason is that movies [...]
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