Author Archive | Alan

6 Ways to Say Hello in Chinese Like a Native

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Do you know that awkward moment that every Chinese learner experiences?

When you realize that “nǐ hǎo” is actually not how Chinese people say …

Learning Chinese Pinyin? The 10 Tips You Need to Hear

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I remember my first college Chinese class.

There were more than 50 of us, eager, optimistic and bright-eyed.

By the second semester, half of …

Chinese Idioms Like a Boss: 15 Common and Useful Chinese Idioms

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Is it a pattern destined to repeat itself?

A new student of Chinese discovers Chinese idioms (aka Chengyu).

She becomes enamored.

She goes to …

A Gentle Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Sentence Structure

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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 …

How to Speak Chinese Fluently: A Foolproof Method

How to Speak Chinese Fluently: A Foolproof Method

Chinese people can’t tell that I’m not Chinese.

You might think that if I speak Mandarin Chinese fluently, it must be because I have …

9 Useful Ways to Say Goodbye in Chinese

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Perhaps you know how to say “nǐ hǎo,” but not goodbye.

Or perhaps you already know how to goodbye in Chinese – “zài jiàn” …