Category Archives: Chinese Writing

Update: LearnMandarin poster with 50 most common radicals coming out soon!

Dear students, As you already know we’ve recently announced that we are working on creating a set of physical flashcards that are going to be extremely beneficial to those in the beginning stages of their language learning journey. The entire set of 300 cards which we have named Core Vocabulary, will be available for purchase soon Read More…

Top 10! Resources for writing Mandarin Chinese

1. Lang-8 Established back in 2006, Lang-8 today boasts more than 750,000 users from 190 different countries around the world. The concept of Lang-8 is simple: new users register on the website and provide the information on which language they want to learn or are currently learning (target language) and which is their native language. Once their Read More…

Top 10! Tools for learning characters and vocabulary

Our students often ask us: what are some good, free resources for studying Chinese? We are here to answer those questions! These days, there are plenty of  resources for studying Chinese available, some better than others, some paid, some for free. To make things easier for you, we have broken them down into separate categories, and we’ve Read More…

Online Chinese dictionary: finding the right one

For the past couple of months Chinese learners throughout the world have been mourning the death of one of the most used and loved online Chinese dictionaries (did I mention it was free?) by the name of Nciku. Yes, for a couple of months before being shut down the site has been acting up,  yes, it Read More…

The world revolves around China

When buying a world map in China, you’ll instantly notice two things: 1. Everything is written with (tiny) Chinese characters 2. It’s Asia-centered with Asia placed in the middle of the map, Africa and Europe on the left and the Americas on the right side of the map. So, China is placed in the middle of Read More…

Tortoises VS Turtles in Chinese Culture

I have seen a fair share or tortoises while staying in China. In jade, bronze or stone, they are featured everywhere, and most importantly, respected. My first encounter with a tortoise of such kind ocurred during my first adventure into the Chinese speaking world, when during my attempt to climb on a gigantic stone statue of Read More…

Have you ever tried calligraphy?

If you’ve ever tried studying Chinese, I bet you have. I did, by my 师傅 (ShīFu, ‘master’) quickly started insisting that I retire all my hopes of achieving the mastery of it (or at least some rudimentary skills), deeming my pulse too unsteady, thus influencing my strokes and producing an erratic-looking, intelligible scripture of some Read More…

HSK: A Necessary Evil?

I am sure that anyone who has ever tried studying Chinese has encountered the infamous HSK or HànYǔ ShuǐPíng KǎoShì (Chinese Level Test). HSK is a standardized test of Chinese as a foreign Language, similar to its English and American counterparts IELTS and TOEFL. There’s an old version with eleven levels (still revered by the Read More…

How to get started with Chinese writing

Posted by Nancy I’ll start with the bad news: unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to learn how to write Chinese. Of course in this day and age with modern technology, you can definitely get away with having a basic knowledge of Chinese to write on the computer. But to truly be able Read More…

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