Author Archive | Daniel Lal

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 …

Simple Chinese Words: Vocab to Tune Your Learning


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


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


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


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

  • Exit the apartment complex from the