New Series: No Nonsense Newbie Tips!

With over 100 blog posts under our belt, we’ve decided to switch gears a bit. This past year, we’ve had a blast bringing you essential chengyus, advanced slang, hot on Weibo, Chinese learner interviews, embarrassing moments, and everything in between.

As we consider the opportunities moving forward, we have decided to include a segment thus mostly ignored: newbies! We’ll continue posting on topics of interest to more advanced learners, but will begin including posts geared towards beginner learners.

As learners of the Chinese language ourselves, it wasn’t too long ago we were struggling with tones, puzzling over confounding grammar patterns, and clumsily drawing characters. We’ll draw from these experiences when posting about real-life newbie problems.

Of course, we will not be essaying about the arcane intricacies or wooden mechanics of Chinese grammar; we’ll do our best to NOT use the words “resultative complement” or “adverbial modifier”. Rather, you’ll see brief, readable, plain-English explanations of grammar patterns and nuances in vocabulary that have given Chinese learners grief for ages.

We’ll call this series No Nonsense Newbie Tips. Please let us know what does or used to puzzle you, or how you overcame some of the biggest hurdles in the beginning.

First up in this series: 知道 vs. 认识.  Stay tuned!


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