Author Archive | Daniel Lal

Simplified vs. Traditional Chinese: Which Should You Learn?

The Chinese language has two official writing systems: simplified and traditional Chinese. But what’s the difference between traditional and simplified Chinese? Which is more common? Where in the world are the two used? And which should you learn? We’ll cover …

The Mandarin Learner’s Guide to All 214 Chinese Radicals

Radicals are small components of Chinese characters that make it easier to categorize them and look them up. Since there’s no alphabet for Mandarin, radicals and character components help you mentally break down a character and make it easier to …

Learn Chinese Reading: A No-Stress Guide for Newbies

Mandarin Chinese reading takes time, but you can speed up your progress by learning it the right way. This is all about knowing how to learn to read Chinese—how to make pinyin work for you, and how to …

The Ultimate Guide to Chinese Pronunciation

If you’re starting to learn Chinese, you’ve probably realized that there are a lot of differences in pronunciation. Using a different tone or inflection can completely change what you are trying to say.   Lucky for you, we have created …