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How to Learn Chinese by Reading It, Even If You “Can’t”


Some friends of mine recently organized a hike that ended up being a steep, arduous, bruising climb.

When they got to the top, they found a group of nicely dressed people, young and old, picnicking.

Turns out, if they had …

5 Fun and Easy Jokes in Chinese to Impress Your Friends


How good are you at keeping a conversation going?

Holding a conversation is a social skill that doesn’t come naturally for all of us. Sometimes even chitchat in our native tongue can be a real challenge.

But the real question …

How to Type in Chinese: Tips for Speedy Chatting on Any Device


How many times have you checked Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today?

If you’re like most people, then the answer is probably a lot.

Who can blame us? Social media is a fun and easy way to see what our …

How to Remember Chinese Tones and Sound Like a Native


Conversation is a lost art.

If you don’t understand the importance of tones when speaking Mandarin Chinese, odds are everyone will be lost after your conversation.

Have you ever wondered what Chinese would be like without them?

In one …

4 Reasons Chinese Is Not as Hard to Learn as You Think


Learning Chinese can seem like attempting life on hard mode.

The writing system is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

The words sound peculiar, and absolutely everything is different from your native language.

If you feel like you’re diving …

3 Ways to Maximize Your Chinese Learning Experience with Subtitles


You may think of subtitles as those pesky words at the bottom of the screen that always ruin punchlines.

Or maybe you see them as a way to watch TV at a low volume when your roommate is sleeping.

But …

How to Quickly and Easily Speak Better Mandarin


Are you feeling 难倒 (nán dǎo — stumped)  over learning Mandarin Chinese?

That’s understandable: It’s tough enough to grasp concepts of 拼音 (pīn yīn — Chinese romanization) and the basics of Chinese traditional or simplified script.

And learning how …