Why I Love Laokang Lookup for iPhone

Yesternight, I was on the bus and saw this fairly typical sign: I’ve taken this same bus lots of times, but never really paid attention to this sign. I found I could read every character except the one I’ve circled in blue. I also couldn’t use my usual trick of guessing from the context (because this […]

The 5th Skill: Handwriting

WARNING: This article is an explanation of the footnote in my conceptual breakdown of foreign language teaching. It’s really written more for language teachers and testers than learners. Language instruction is typically divided into four skills: 4 Skills for Most Foreign Languages Aural Visual Reception Listening Reading Production Speaking Writing But for learning Chinese, the […]

Chinese Hanzi Adventure Method

(As promised here, this is my separate post about hanzi.) Anyone want to make some money? You’re welcome to my idea about how I think hanzi should be taught: Inspiration If you’ve never had the chance to play an adventure video game (or even some RBGs), you’re missing out on the virtually-fueled feelings of constant […]

Wanted: Chinese Sign Frequency List

[Update: Bizarrely, comments weren’t allowed on this post at first (they are now). I don’t know why.]  Someone want to make some money? Well you’re welcome to this idea if you can figure out how to do it and monetize it. (Maybe it’s already been done, although I doubt it.) For years we’ve had lists of Chinese […]