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Chinese Internet Slang 101: How to Chat Online Like a Native

Chinese internet slang

You’re ready to take the plunge.

Your Chinese friends have been bugging you for weeks to create a profile on some hip new site.

So you dive right in to Chinese internet.

You log in, look around, but then …

4 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Be Learning Chinese Online

online chinese learning

This is the right time for you to learn Chinese.

Not just the right time in your life—the right time in human history.

The internet has opened up a world of great opportunities to us Chinese learners.

Tired of the …

6 Brilliant Ways to Teach Yourself Chinese That You Haven’t Seen Before

teach yourself chinese

When’s the last time you had a day with absolutely nothing to do?

It’s hard to remember that far back, right?

We’re so busy these days: off to work, off to class, cooking dinner (or picking up fast food…), family …

The Ultimate Guide to Learning Chinese with Radio Online

chinese 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 …

The Complete Guide to Chinese Translation Apps for Chinese Learners

best chinese translation app

Chinese is the hardest language to read in the world.

An outstanding Chinese translation app can serve as a much-needed lifesaver.

Without a little help, you might feel ready to throw in the towel.

At least, that’s what probably comes …

4 Free Online Chinese Lessons and Other Resources That’ll Make Learning a Breeze

online chinese lessons

So you have made the decision to start learning Chinese.

Or maybe you just decided to take your Mandarin abilities to the next level.

Either way, you need some serious Chinese lessons to reach your full potential!

But …

5 Intermediate Chinese Conversation Tips for Surprising Fluency

intermediate Chinese conversation

The more Mandarin Chinese you learn, the less you feel like you know.

It’s a weird phenomenon, and it means that intermediate-level Chinese can be a serious drag sometimes.

You’ve mastered the basics of talking to people, but …