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    • #1859
      GoEastMandarin
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      … and one local about working with foreigners.

      We made a small mini-doc (simply made with smartphone filming) about foreigners working in China using Chinese. Hope it’s useful (and inspiring to see foreigners use Mandarin)

    • #2141
      Allenge
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      I faced many difficulties when I studied Chinese,, especially for pronounciation, and I try to get methods overcoming it, such as read Chinese newspaper, watch Chinese videos. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make much sense. Until I found eChineseLearning providing 1-on-1 online course, I communicate with native Chinese tutor directly and I can get direct answer of any question met when I am studying Chinese.

    • #2303
      Jsm1
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      This is very inspiring, thank you for sharing. I agree that learning the language and culture bit by bit is essential when you’re traveling/working abroad. 

    • #2575
      Yelly
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      For me, quality is always more important.

    • #2982
      Jon857
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      My difficulty has always been in the compression of the language.

      A very simple example of this is in the phrase 中美. By itself it quite literally means central beauty, center of the beauty, in the middle of beauty, but in practice it actually means China and America. This is because this is a compressed form of 中国美国, but the 国 has been omitted to shorten it.

      In Mandarin this happens constantly, characters seem to just disappear, and if you don’t already understand how this compression works and it is almost never taught in school or in books, then you will be left confused.

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