Author Archive | Sheena Dizon

Learn Chinese: The Beginner-friendly Guide to Studying Mandarin Chinese


It’s time.

It’s time to stop making excuses and actually do it.

It’s time to learn Chinese!

We can hear you protesting now. “But it’s too hard!” “I’ll never be able to learn the writing system!” “I don’t know where …

ChinesePod Review: An Honest Look at the Chinese Learning Podcast


In the world of online Chinese language learning, podcasts are pretty underrated.

A lot of language learners these days desire accessibility and ease, with quick daily exercises and elements that are way cooler than a boring old textbook.

Some …

The Ultimate Vocabulary Guide to Family Introductions in Chinese

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Meeting the family can be pretty awkward.

Whether you’re being introduced as the new love interest or even just as a classmate, there’s a lot of pressure to make a good first impression with the parents.

Throw in a language …

Wondering How to Order Food in Mandarin? Start Here!


Deciding what you want to eat can be very difficult when you love food.

But deciding what you want from a foreign-language menu?

That’s even harder.

There are so many aspects of eating out that can be super stressful, …

How to Memorize Chinese Characters: 7 Simple Steps

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Did you know that there are over 50,000 characters in Chinese? How crazy is that?

Out of that 50,000, how many characters are language students expected to learn?

Most Chinese dictionaries only list about 20,000 characters, and just like …

The Hardest Chinese Words to Pronounce and How to Master Them


Yin and yang, P.F. Chang’s… Chinese words can’t be all that difficult to pronounce, right?

The truth? Chinese is one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn.

There are tons of vocab words that are difficult to …

Instant Mandarin: 5 Chinese Character Recognition Apps


Have you ever had to order from a Chinese menu with no pictures?

In China, you’ll find that a lot of local places have their list of food items on the wall, with no English translations and no images to …