Author Archive | michaelcruickshank

How to Read Chinese: The Newbie’s No-stress Guide

Would you believe me if I said that reading Chinese, and learning Mandarin Chinese in general, is not as difficult as it seems? Maybe, maybe not, but the truth is that Chinese characters are not significantly more difficult than …

Chinese Audiobooks: Everything You Need to Know

You’ve probably read lots of blogs with tips, tricks, hints and “hacks” that will magically make Chinese learning easy. You know, snap your fingers, click your heels together, say “I want to know fluent Chinese!” three times—and voila! But …

The Ultimate Guide to Learning Chinese with Radio Online

“The tones! Oh god not the tones!” “Which ‘shi’ did you mean this time?” “What was that? Another !@#& chéngyǔ?!” Sound familiar? Chinese listening is possibly the hardest part of a language which is already filled with …