Practicing Chinese Characters By Writing Them In the Air With Your Fingers

At least initially, for learning new Chinese Characters, it is important to frequently practice writing and reviewing them. While of course using mnemonics may be a very effective way to learn, probably better than solely using rote memorization, if done actively, I still believe that it is necessary to instill into your brain the character… Continue reading Practicing Chinese Characters By Writing Them In the Air With Your Fingers

Chinese Characters Radicals List

This article has the 214 Chinese Radicals list used for categorizing all Chinese characters. Though there are thousands of Chinese characters, if you learn these 214 Chinese radicals, learning additional Chinese characters will be much easier. Before modern times, Chinese dictionaries were sorted by radicals, not by some kind of Romanization system like Pinyin, so… Continue reading Chinese Characters Radicals List

Mandarin Chinese 4 Character Tone Drills

[lastupdated] Like we discussed in 2 previous articles, Mandarin Chinese 2 Character Tone Drills and Mandarin Chinese 3 Character Tone drills, getting Mandarin Chinese tones correct is vital if you want to be understood in Mainland China or Taiwan. Mandarin Chinese, being a tonal language, makes it so that pronunciation is even more vital, because… Continue reading Mandarin Chinese 4 Character Tone Drills

Mandarin Chinese 3 Character Tone Drills

[lastupdated] Like we discussed in our last article, Mandarin Chinese 2 Character Tone Drills, getting Mandarin Chinese tones correct is vital if you want to be understood in Mainland China or Taiwan. Mandarin Chinese, being a tonal language, makes it so that pronunciation is even more vital, because mispronouncing a tone can create a completely… Continue reading Mandarin Chinese 3 Character Tone Drills

Mandarin Chinese 2 Character Tone Drills

[lastupdated] Do you struggle with speaking Mandarin Chinese tones? Arguably, tones are the most difficult part of Chinese. In order to get good tones, you must practice them over and over, until you master them. While in Mainland China or Taiwan, you risk simply not being understood if you don’t use good tones. This article… Continue reading Mandarin Chinese 2 Character Tone Drills

Growing Up With Chinese: A Great Video Series To Get Started Learning Mandarin

[lastupdated] One fantastic and free Chinese video series to watch to get started learning Mandarin is called Growing Up With Chinese (成长汉语). It is a series officially made by CCTV (China Central Television) and is quite professionally made. It starts out at the very beginning level, assuming no prior knowledge of Mandarin, and builds up… Continue reading Growing Up With Chinese: A Great Video Series To Get Started Learning Mandarin