Conversing with native Chinese speakers is a true test of courage and mettle.
It’s a total Catch-22: the only way to improve your spoken Chinese is to speak more Chinese.
Can’t stand the idea of embarrassing yourself with less-than-perfect Chinese?…
What is your greatest personal strength as a Chinese language learner?
Are you a naturally gifted speaker?
Or perhaps memorizing the characters comes easy?
When it comes to Chinese, many, many language learners find listening to be their greatest challenge.…
Have you ever, out of curiosity, clicked around on a Chinese news website?
To sum up the experience: it can be kind of terrifying.
Don’t get overwhelmed!
All you need is to have the right strategy behind you, and in …
Sometimes conventional wisdom is wrong.
We’ve all heard it before.
To learn Chinese, jump into the immersion pool. At the deep end.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not that easy.
Though immersion is essential to learning Chinese, …
Do you want to know how to learn Chinese faster?
Without spending any more time than you already do?
I have two words for you: “capacity management.”
Capacity in this sense refers to the energy we have available to study …
Has this ever happened to you?
You proudly say something in Chinese to your friend.
They reply, but you don’t understand their answer.
Awkward situation ensues.
Well, don’t feel bad. Being much better at speaking than listening is a …
Chinese people can’t tell that I’m not Chinese.
You might think that if I speak Mandarin Chinese fluently, it must be because I have a natural talent for languages. But if you had been in my first year Chinese language …