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Learn Mandarin Chinese Step by Step: The Newbie’s Road Map


Are you beginning your journey through Mandarin Chinese?

It feels pretty overwhelming, right?

There’s the whole tone thing and the scary spoken speed of native speakers (say that ten times fast!).

Then you’ve got the wildly unfamiliar terrain of 汉字 …

Chinese Pinyin Pronunciation: Overview + Practice Guide


Afraid to try out your Chinese pronunciation?

Some say that Mandarin Chinese is so hard to learn.

They say the phonetic system pushes you so far from your comfort zone that it makes pronunciation a nightmare.

It’s true that …

Don’t Panic: Your Guide to the Chinese Pronunciation Galaxy


My uncle picked us up from the airport in Suva, Fiji, around 4 a.m. local time.

As we drove to his house, I leaned my head back and looked through the sunroof at the stars.

Being from California, I was …

How to Start Learning Mandarin Chinese Today, Not Tomorrow


Wish you could pop a Babel fish into your ear and experience instant Chinese fluency?

Too bad that useful alien fish still hasn’t been discovered.

In the real world, learning a language like Mandarin Chinese takes a ton of …

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

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“How can anyone read this? It’s impossible!”

Sound familiar?

Of all the reasons why people think learning Mandarin Chinese is difficult, nothing comes up more commonly than those supposedly crazy characters.

To an untrained eye, they do indeed appear …

4 Reasons Why Learning Chinese Is the Smartest Move You’ll Ever Make

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Acquiring Chinese in this day and age promises dramatic results.

The real question is, why shouldn’t you learn Chinese?

Yeah, yeah, people are always hating on it for how hard it supposedly is.

But the truth is, of all …

How to Study Chinese: The Fully Charged Beginner’s Guide


Just how does one pick up a totally alien language from scratch?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. And I’d say the first step is to get rid of all your fear and preconceptions about learning …