Author Archive | Ben

Top 10 Tweets of October


In addition to the big news we announced in August (support for traditional characters, rebranding as FluentU), we kept the pedal to the metal with our language tweets.

Those of you following us on Twitter were treated …

China’s Most “Ambitious” Chengyus

As a reader of this blog, we already know you are an ambitious type.

As profiled in a certain learner interview from the spring, as a student of the Chinese language, you “recognize and respect the enormity of the task …

Introducing FluentU!


Since our public beta launch last month, we are excited and humbled to have welcomed thousands of new users to FluentFlix. It has been thrilling watching the feedback and support continue to roll in, and we encourage you to continue

The Many Varieties of “上班族”


The joys of the “上班族” life (shàng bān zú: office workers) –  surrounding yourself with people from different backgrounds, all working together towards a common goal for everybody’s mutual benefit.

Or not.

Chances are you work at an

FluentU Now Features Traditional Characters!


Since launching public beta last month, we have welcomed thousands of new users eager for a new way to learn Chinese through authentic online video.  Many of you have been forthcoming in feature requests and suggestions, and we encourage …

Lessons in Learning Chinese: Yangyang Cheng


Today we are thrilled to talk with Chinese teacher Yangyang Cheng, founder of Yoyo Chinese, and host of one of the most popular Chinese teaching Youtube channels (with over 4 million views!)  Before YoYoChinese, she taught at Pepperdine, was …

No Nonsense Newbie Tips: Alternatives to “一点”


Continuing our No Nonsense Newbie Tips series, today we look at alternatives to 一点 (yī diǎn).  一点 is a great little word meaning “a little bit” or “somewhat“, and is very flexible in usage.  It can …