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Studying Chinese

Useful Chinese Vocab: 黑色星期五

Happy late Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you had a great day with your family or did something else awesome if you are away from your family! 每个人都会在黑色星期五购物. Měi gèrén dūhuì zài hēisè xīngqíwǔ gòuwù Everyone goes shopping on Black Friday.   Did you go shopping on Black Friday? Read more…

Chinese Vocab and Expressions: 剩女

Today’s Chinese word is 剩女 (shèng nǚ). 剩 (shèng): to be left over (eg. 剩下的 – shèngxià de – that which has been left over) 女(nǚ): female (eg. 女孩子 – nǚháizi – girl) “剩女必看:拥有10种特质,男人绝对娶你回家“ “shèngnǚ bìkān: yōngyǒu 10 zhǒng tèzhì, nánrén juéduì qǔ nǐ huíjiā” “Leftover girls must read this: If you have these 10 characteristics, guys will definitely marry […] Read more…

Polyglot Learning: Similar Words in Chinese and Korean

The Korean language is actually much more related to Chinese than one might think. Korean is also very closely related to Japanese, probably even more than Chinese, but Chinese words actually do make up about 60% of the Korean vocabulary, though in actual speech (especially informally) native words are more common. These Chinese words in Korean are […] Read more…

Learning Non-European Languages: Tips and Tricks

It seems like many Europeans and Americans have come to appreciate learning languages of lands farther away than France, Spain/Mexico or Portugal/Brazil, Italy, etc. Especially Asian languages are extremely popular to learn at the moment and more and more schools and universities begin to offer full language courses or degrees in these oriental languages. Being […] Read more…

How To Better Memorize Hanzi 汉字!

The other day, I held a presentation about living, working and traveling in China at my old university. The audience was mostly made up by current Chinese students as well as a few teacher. During the Q&A period, a lot of students asked me how they could improve memorizing Chinese characters 汉字. That’s why I decided to […] Read more…

Are You Ready For Thanksgiving… IN CHINESE?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so if you are an American in China or you are going to celebrate with Chinese people in the US, you better know how to call that turkey in Chinese! Of course, Thanksgiving is not celebrated in China but when you are teaching English in China it might be […] Read more…

My Top Ways to Improve Chinese

Today I want to share my favorite ways how to improve your Chinese skill with you. I am not a fan of simple studying with a textbook because it has been proven not very effective. You have to ask yourself the question: “How do babies learn a language?” It’s simply by listen and repeat. So […] Read more…

The Hardest Chinese Characters 最难写的汉字

Some Chinese learners start learning the language by only studying Pinyin; but at some point sooner or later you will notice that you cannot get around learning how to read and write Chinese characters 汉字. When learning 汉字 most Chinese students start with the simple 我,你,很好 etc. which are usually very easy to memorize within a […] Read more…