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Recognize Chinese Characters by Radicals

This week, I have picked a set of Chinese characters that may be easily confused by beginners. In the picture below, you will see six pairs of characters. The symbols in the second and the fourth columns differ from those…

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When is it time to change your Chinese teacher?

“Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts.” “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross.” There are dozens of sayings and quotations about how important a teacher’s…

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Learn The Chinese Tones With Morse Code?

I want to share a teaching cue I’ve been using with my students recently that’s been great for learning how to actually produce the tones. When it comes to learning any skill, you need to frame it in a way…

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The 4 Best Ways to Learn Mandarin Faster

As a fellow Mandarin-as-a-second-language student, I know first-hand how challenging it can be to learn Chinese, especially if it’s your first language other than English. Fluency can frequently seem like it’s ages away, and when all the characters start blending…

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5 Common Mistakes Chinese Learners Make

Having taught Chinese for a while, we’ve noticed a lot of common errors that English speakers make when learning Chinese. This is understandable, as Chinese has very different grammatical rules and structures than English. We’ve rounded up our list of…

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How to Master Tones without Using Tone Marks

I’ve been learning Chinese for over 10 years and one thing I’ve seen countless students struggle with is the tones. Why is it that so many Chinese language students struggle with this aspect of the language? Well, without a doubt,…

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