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 […]

“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 […]