Since I’ve always lived in southern China (Nanchang, Kunming, Guangzhou), it’s been fun to travel up North these past few weeks and hear the locals speaking Mandarin with slightly different vocabulary choices than I’m used to hearing in the South. Continue reading Northern vs. Southern Vocab
Shèngdàn kuàilè 圣诞快乐 everyone! (Such a strident seasonal greeting–it just doesn’t sound as merry in Chinese.) Before I get back to wrapping my gifts, I thought I’d mention an actual free gift (as opposed to this) available to everyone for Continue reading Free Gift from ChineseTeachers.com
A recent article in The Guardian features the founder and creator of the Pinyin system we’ve all come to know and love . Pinyin turns 50 this month, but incredibly, the creator of Pinyin, Zhōu Yǒuguāng 周有光, is still alive Continue reading Happy 50th, Pinyin! Happy 102nd, Creator!
In addition to the endless hours of fun and instruction we can get from anecdotes of other foreigner’s mistakes, some careful listening and a little intuition can turn your Chinese friends’ English mistakes into hot Chinese-language tips. Chinese people often Continue reading Learning from Others’ Mistakes
If your goal is to learn a language without making any mistakes, I’ve got bad news for you: I couldn’t and I’ve never met anyone who could. Since making mistakes are an inevitable part of this complex, tricky, and often Continue reading Language Learning is Messy V: Celebrate Your Mistakes
Ok, that may be a little harsh. Let me rephrase that and say goals can be bad. Specifically, when learning a language, goals can torpedo your motivation. Learning a language is not like learning other things. It’s a far more Continue reading Language Learning is Messy IV: Goals are Bad
For adults learning a language, there’s really no escaping the fact that we have to memorize vocabulary. There are various ways to make the process more efficient or enjoyable (like flashcards, or labeling your house), but in the end, it’s Continue reading Language Learning is Messy III: Learn What You Need