Recently, an interesting reader of this blog contacted me with an interesting proposal, which ended up with me reading an interesting book about how learning Chinese is not quite a bed of roses, as some people would have you believe. Interesting, isn’t it?
If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you will have probably noticed I have been remiss in my recent posting schedule. Here’s why.
Setbacks happen, in both life and language learning. So how do we keep them from becoming an actual hindrance to our learning process? I recently hit a wall at a rather unexpected point during my Mandarin mission. Here are my thoughts on how to not only overcome setbacks, but actually use them as a learning experience.
As of late, I’ve been trying to increase my Mandarin vocabulary in order to better understand of the media I’m watching, but since I’m still in the midst of learning the tones, just learning the spelling of the word isn’t enough–I need, if at all possible, something that speaks to me. What to do? Just when I was worrying about this, I found Amanda.
I recently had the honor of interviewing Sarah Aberman, one half of the creative team behind a new, powerful tool for people learning Mandarin Chinese. Here’s what she had to say about this new project of hers.
It’s hard to believe, but I’m three weeks into my Chinese learning mission and it’s already been quite the ride! I intend to write more on how things have gone so far in a later post, but today I want to share a tool that has been instrumental so far: Pleco.
Today’s guest post, I think, is an essential checklist for anybody thinking of learning this language. Read on to learn more about what the right decisions are for learning Mandarin!