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 …

Learner’s List: The 10 Best Chinese Movies on Amazon Prime


Ah, the cinema!

Our relationship with films has changed quite a bit over the years.

Once upon a time, people needed to purchase a ticket and climb into seats at a movie theater to catch a new release.

Now, we

The Business-ready Guide: How to Write an Email in Chinese


Remember when they said the ol’ email would be obsolete soon?

Remember when everyone thought social media would eat the original communication service of the internet and render it useless?

Yeah, right.

If you’re an online freelancer or someone who …

How to Talk to (or About) Family and Friends in Chinese


Friends. Food. Feelings. Identities. Weather. Family.

Maybe you’re someone who believes labels are too restrictive.

That’s totally understandable and okay.

Lots of labels can be unnecessary and limiting!

But on a practical level, language irrevocably revolves around labeling just about

6 Chat Platforms for Chinese Learners You Might Not Think Of


Chat rooms have been around since the dawn of the internet and they have yet to go out of style.

Why would they, though?

Chat rooms are a fantastic way to communicate with many people all at the same time, …

Play with a Full Deck: Chinese Vocabulary Cards for Learners of All Levels


Flashcards are great for studying, but who has time to make them these days?

It’s true that creating flashcards by hand offers that tactile learning experience, which stimulates better recall for character writing.

However, not everyone has the patience (or …

How to Learn Chinese Grammar: 5 Tips for Excelling at Mandarin


Learning Chinese is super easy, right?

I mean, the only things you really need to know are some words, phrases and speaking tones to get by… right?

Maybe this basic knowledge can get you by during a weekend stay …