Author Archive | Em Casalena

13 Online Chinese Learning Tools You Simply Can't Miss


There’s a certain formula to “formal” learning.

You go to class, listen to the lecture, go home.

You practice reading, writing, speaking and listening for an hour or so.

Rinse and repeat.

Some Chinese learners might find this a bit …

The Adventurous Guide to Advanced Chinese Lessons Online



You’ve really leveled up.

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably feeling a little dizzy from the altitude.

And as an advanced learner, you may not know what to do next with your Chinese learning.

Chinese is often …

7 Great Kindle Books to Learn Chinese That Won’t Bore You


Love reading but bored with your current options?

Don’t worry. Things are about to get more exciting.

Because we’re about to get you hooked on some engaging e-book titles for learning and reading Mandarin.

Whether we enjoy actual “books” or …

Yes, You Can Get Chinese Video with Pinyin Subtitles: 4 Options


If you’re learning Mandarin, chances are you love Chinese culture.

It’s also likely that your love for Chinese culture came from being captivated by Mandarin-language movies and television shows.

It’s how we all get sucked in, isn’t it?

Art, especially …

Using ? for Everything? How to Pick the Right Measure Words in Any Chinese Sentence


Could you get through a day without counting?

Probably not.

I’m guessing you want to know exactly how many dollars are in your bank account. Or how many minutes you have left in the workday. Or how many eggs …

4 Friendly Chinese Chatbots for Mandarin Learning Convos


Chatbots have been a trend for as long as this old writer can recall.

Remember in the early 2000s when everyone was using Cleverbot to kill some time?

Ever tried thinking of the most obscure character or concept in existence …

How to Stream Chinese TV Online: 5 Rad Resources


Streaming television is all the rage now, isn’t it?

Who even has a cable account anymore?

With websites like Netflix and Hulu around, people can tune in to their favorite shows with nothing more than a laptop and a WiFi …