Author Archive | Daniel Lal

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

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

When they got to the top, they …

Simple Chinese Words: Vocab to Tune Your Learning

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A man sat down at a public piano and played an entire Beethoven piece from memory.

It sounded beautiful, so I approached him and …

Don’t Panic: Your Guide to the Chinese Pronunciation Galaxy

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My uncle picked us up from the airport in Suva, Fiji, around 4 a.m. local time.

As we drove to his house, I leaned …

60 Chinese Restaurant Phrases That’ll Give You a True Taste of China

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In my second week of learning Chinese, my teacher taught us the phrase “你吃饭了吗” (nǐ chī fàn le ma).

This literally means, “Have you …

Lost in China? 30 Mandarin Chinese Travel Phrases to Help You Find Your Way

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If you travel in China, you’ll be given this style of directions. Give them one quick read:

  • Exit the apartment complex from the