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Read faster All Characters
How can you become a faster, more fluent reader of Chinese? Lots of practice, of course — but here are some more concrete tips regarding how to structure your reading for optimal improvement:
Intro to Chinese Beginner Learning
Are you completely new to learning Chinese? Then this article, which introduces the language and what you’ll have to learn in a very structured way, should be very useful to you:
Learning progression Intermediate Learning
Learning Chinese takes time, effort, and some help. But given limited time (which is always an issue), what are some of the best ways that you can improve your Chinese? This “minimum effort” guide describes some of the things you can do for Chinese fluency to come more easily:
Time for school Beginner Vocabulary
School is back in season in China, and in many other countries, as well. Here is a list of supplies you (and/or your children) will need, in Chinese:
School subjects Beginner Vocabulary
And if you’re in school, then what are you studying? Here is a list of the different subjects you (or your children) might want to take — or might have to take, even if you don’t want to:
Writing a resume (CV) All Culture
Creating a resume (CV) to apply for jobs in China? Here’s a guide to how to write one like a native, including lots of great job-search-related vocabulary:
Truth in advertising Beginner Story
It’s not quite a new episode of Mad Men, but this story does talk about advertising:
二 (èr) or 两 (liǎng)？ Beginner Grammar Video
There are two ways to say “two” in Chinese, 二 and 两. Why are there two, and when do you use each one?
Missing America Intermediate Vocabulary Video
What do you miss about America when in China? In this video, we’ll learn some useful vocabulary for describing American products:
Let’s do it! Beginner Grammar Video
How do you say to your friends, “Let’s do it!” The 吧 (ba) particle is what you need:
Fluenz review Beginner Reviews
Fluenz offers you the chance to learn Chinese. How does it stack up against other Chinese-learning options?
Have you eaten? Beginner Grammar Video
A common Chinese greeting is “Have you eaten?” How do you respond?
Traditional music All Culture
Chinese music has a long history, with songs and instruments that are quite foreign to Western eyes and ears. This article introduces many aspects of Chinese music:
Hey, everybody! Intermediate Grammar
What is the difference between 各位 (gè wèi) and 大家 (dà jiā)?
Your majesty! Intermediate Vocabulary
There is no longer an emperor, but knowing how to address one (as well as what he is called) can still come in handy: