Author Archive | Em Casalena

Ace Your Chinese Proficiency Test with the Help of These 7 HSK Apps


Are you applying for a job in China?

Maybe you’re just looking to study abroad.

Or you’re applying for a Confucius Institute Scholarship.

These are just a few reasons why you may need to take the HSK …

Learn Mandarin in Taiwan: 5 Schools for an Immersive Experience

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What’s not to love about Taiwan?

There’s the incredible scenery, complete with the crystal-clear Sun Moon Lake and the jaw-dropping Elephant Mountain that overlooks Taipei.

There are the people, a melting pot of diversity and friendliness.

There are the hot …

Are You a Kid at Heart? Learn Chinese with These 9 Cartoons


“I don’t think of cartoons or comics as being for kids.” – Jeff Kinney, author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

What a true statement!

Cartoons can be just as entertaining for adults as they are for children.

Not …

5 Handy Chinese Tests Online for the Challenge-loving Learner


It doesn’t matter how strong of a student you are.

Taking a test is never fun. Especially if there’s something at stake.

Even if you enjoy a good challenge, there’s a lot of anxiety that builds up before an exam.…

Have You Heard? These 9 Resources Are Perfect for Chinese Listening Practice

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When you’re studying Chinese, learning to listen can be a bumpy road.

When I first started learning Mandarin in high school, it amazed me how many roadblocks I hit when it came to listening.

I was a master at …

Calling All Beginners! 10 Resources for Learning How to Speak Mandarin Chinese Just for You

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Starting anything new is overwhelming.

Taking on a new job? The anxiety for the first few shifts is paralyzing.

Going to the gym every morning? You’ll probably hit snooze more often than you’d care to admit.

Learning a new language?

Wondering Where to Learn Chinese? Give These 8 Resources a Try


We can’t deny that studying abroad is a life-changing experience.

If you can travel to China or Taiwan to immerse yourself in the Chinese language, you should go for it!

However, not every Chinese language student has the time or …