Author Archive | Daniel Lal

Writing an Introduction? Here’s How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese Pinyin

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How would you describe yourself?

It depends on the context, doesn’t it?

Are you filling out a social media profile? Meeting someone face-to-face for the first time? Writing a cover letter for a job application?

For Chinese language learners, writing …

Traditional vs. Simplified Chinese: What They Are and Where to Use Them

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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.




What do all these …

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 …

How to Learn Chinese by Reading It, Even If You “Can’t”


Some friends of mine recently organized a hike that ended up being a steep, arduous, bruising climb.

When they got to the top, they found a group of nicely dressed people, young and old, picnicking.

Turns out, if they had …