Author Archive | Ginny Ng

5 Incredible Chinese Books for Beginners

The story is all too common. You’re psyched about deciphering written Chinese but don’t know where to start. Does reading Mandarin Chinese seem like an impossible feat? Don’t beat yourself up—the Chinese language is a challenge even for Chinese …

Play It Cool with Chengyu: 10 Slick Chinese Idioms You Oughta Know

Have you ever encountered those wonderful four-character Chinese idioms that mean something completely unrelated to the individual characters? That’s right. Today, we’re talking about chengyu. As an inherent part of the Chinese language, learning chengyu is just as essential as …

7 Best Taiwanese Dramas Every Chinese Learner Should Know

All work and no play?  Makes for a dull Chinese language learning experience. Constantly tempted to skip your lessons in favor of more leisure activities? Well, here’s a piece of good news! Starting today, you can combine both. You no …

10 Chinese Christmas Songs That You Won’t Want to Miss

Christmas is just around the corner. And you know what that means, right? Food, reunions, laughter and Christmas songs! It’s also the perfect time for you to brush up on your Chinese language lessons. With all the merriment …

5 Best Mandarin Chinese Textbooks for Chinese Learners

Learning Chinese on your own isn’t easy. This is where a good textbook can help. Read on to learn about five of the best Chinese textbooks that self-learners can add to their library. [fluentu-toc] 1. 中文听说读写| Integrated Chinese This book …

How to Learn To Read Chinese Newspapers: The Ultimate Guide

Staring down a full page of Chinese can be intimidating regardless of how long you’ve studied. Let today be the day that you conquer your fear. Chinese newspapers are loaded with awesome information, cultural perspective and useful vocabulary.  Do you …

Learn Chinese with Books: 10 Novels for Your Reading List

Is your Chinese level upper-intermediate or advanced? Have you been thinking about reading Chinese novels to increase your vocabulary, but you aren’t sure where to start? Keep reading to learn about 10 Chinese novels you could read to help improve …

15 Useful Mandarin Chinese Phrases for Shopping

Have you ever experienced the horrors of a language barrier? Do you know how frustrating it is to talk to someone who barely understands you? The challenge of learning Chinese intensifies when attempting to navigate marketplaces and negotiate prices. The …

Top 10 Chinese Vocabulary Words for the Ghost Month

Do you remember back when you were a kid? The scariest thing out there were ghost stories! You may have cowered in fear, hiding under the covers and promising to be better tomorrow, just so long as the ghosts didn’t …