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Category Archives: Learning Mandarin

Applying the Lessons of the book, ‘Make It Stick’

This week I’m listened to Peter Brown’s book, Make It Stick on Scribd. The book’s ultimate aim is to teach readers how they can learn better and remember longer. The main takeaways from the book can certainly be applied to Learning Chinese 中文. The most effective learning methods are: 1) Active Retrieval 2) Spaced Repetition Read More…

Hattie Goes To The Moon – A Chinese Children’s Story Book Launched!

A Children’s Book We know that many of our students are using our LearnMandarin program for their children (or grandchildren). As such, I’m excited to announce that we’ve launched our first Children’s book! The digital version is now available on Amazon. The name of the book is called Hattie Goes To The Moon, and it’s Read More…

Free Chinese eBook Until 30 March on Amazon

To help you keep your mind sharp during this trying period, we are making the Chinese Language eBook for FREE on Amazon.com until Monday, March 30. Learning the Chinese Language This book is normally priced at USD $9.99 and will stay free over the weekend. You can grab your copy here. Enjoy!

Learn Mandarin Newsletter

The first LearnMandarin.com.au Newsletter of 2020 is now published. Please enjoy it here!

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…

You ask; we answer!

Dear LearnMandarin, I need help with grammar. When speaking 的, 得 and 地 all sound the same (de). They are all used for grammar purposes and seem to be used all the time. What’s the best way to learn the differences between the three and how can I use them correctly? This in an excellent question and something 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…

You ask; we answer!

A student recently asked us: A question about a small word in lesson 7…..qu It appears to mean area/neighbourhood/suburb in “Wo zhu zai Sydney qu”  (apologies, I don’t know how to add the accents to define the tones). But this doesn’t seem to fit in “Ni qu guo Australia?”  Can you please supply a literal Read More…

What’s your HSK test taking strategy?

For some students of Chinese, HSK tests are obligatory and are seen as an objective indicator of your level of Chinese. In my experience, this especially tends to be the case with Korean students. I remember during my days of intensive Chinese study while living in Dalian, my Korean classmates would all locked up in Read More…

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