Author Archive | Daniel Lal

The Ultimate Guide to Traditional vs. Simplified Chinese

Note: Chinese words in this article will be written in simplified characters, then traditional characters, then accompanied by the pinyin and meaning, e.g., 中国 / 中國 (zhōng guó) – China. English. French. Russian. What do all these …

The Half-hour Guide to Learning Basic Mandarin Writing

Real-world Mandarin writing is a beautiful mess. Like with any written language, there are various styles. There are tons of fonts. There’s unfathomably bad handwriting. It’s a lot to deal with. But learning the basics will set you up to …

The Mandarin Learner’s Guide to (All 214!) Chinese Radicals

“The characters are so complicated!” “There are soooo many characters!” “There’s no alphabet!” These are three of the most common reasons people don’t want to read and write Chinese. Here’s what those reasons would sound like if they were …

Learning Chinese Grammar? Own It with These YouTube Videos!

Navigating the seas of Chinese grammar isn’t easy. That can often mean “not fun.” It’s enough to drive you to an existential crisis. Unfortunately, you can’t just ignore Mandarin grammar. But we’re here to help. There are a handful …