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Learning Chinese – The Daily Struggle, the Life-long Challenge

Every endeavour has its ups and downs, and the same is true for learning Chinese. Initially, one is fuelled by the sheer enthusiasm of something new, fresh and having potential bragging-rights – come on, who hasn’t done the Mā (妈) means ‘mum’ but Mǎ (马) means ‘horse’ routine? – but eventually your motivation will dwindle and 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…

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