“Blog Bank” Replaces iGoogle Page

[Update: See Blog Bank updated to be Resource Bank] With the upcoming demise of iGoogle (see image above), I’ve decided to explore better options for what used to be the “Learn Chinese” iGoogle Page. The best new thing I’ve found is NetVibes. So I’m very happy to announce the release of the “Learn Chinese” Blog Bank (which […]

Posters for Teaching Chinese

I’ve really been enjoying teaching the Beginning Chinese class here at Peizheng College this term. I’ve got two posters on the wall that I use every time we hold class: Tone Combo Chart Pinyin Chart I’ve also given handouts of the posters. The Tone Combo Chart is from Paul Condrell. The handout is available here and […]

Out of the Blue Vocab Trap

In this post I offer some data, a little rant, and then three stories all meant to encourage us lǎowài-s 老外 not to give up on listening comprehension. I’m often asked, “Is it harder for you to learn Chinese or for a Chinese person to learn English?” Short answer: I don’t know. It’s tough to say […]

faceless Available for Free Kindle Lending

Just a quick note to let you know that the new Kindle version of my novel faceless is out (paperback version here). Besides various little typo corrections, “real page numbers” (based on the print book), and a new link to this very website, the biggest change is that it is now enrolled in KDP Select which places the book in the Kindle Lending […]

FluentU – My Review

I’m very excited to write about what I consider the coolest new listening and vocab resource on the Internet: FluentU The approach is brilliant in its simplicity: take authentic Chinese videos from YouTube (movie trailers, news stories, music videos, sit coms, etc.) and provide English, Pinyin, and Hanzi subtitles. They’re basically answering the question that […]