Google Translate’s Brilliant Chinese Handwriting Tool

If you want a way to handwrite Chinese Characters by using a website and drawing them with your mouse, I believe that Google Translate’s Chinese handwriting tool is the best.

The reasons are numerous why you might want to use such a tool. If you encounter a new character that you have never seen before, or see a character for which you don’t know the character’s pronunciation, finding the character in a dictionary may be difficult. So drawing the character is the next best thing. Drawing any new character you encounter will help you remember the character better. Continue reading “Google Translate’s Brilliant Chinese Handwriting Tool”

Chinese Restaurants In Greater China

This is part 5 of my series of articles on Chinese restaurants around the world. This article contains pictures of Chinese restaurants in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan that I have taken. A discussion about the culture of Chinese food will also be included. Continue reading “Chinese Restaurants In Greater China”

Chinese Restaurants In Australia

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This is part 3 of my series of articles on Chinese restaurants around the world. This article contains pictures of Chinese restaurants in cities in Australia that I have taken. In addition, I will briefly discuss about the current economic relationship between Australia and China, and about Chinese people in Australia and Chinese culture in Australia. Continue reading “Chinese Restaurants In Australia”

Chinese Restaurants In Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore

This is part 2 of my series of articles on Chinese restaurants around the world. This article contains pictures of Chinese restaurants in Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore that I have taken. The topic of Chinese restaurants in Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore is quite an interesting one, and this article will discuss this in depth. Continue reading “Chinese Restaurants In Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore”

Chinese Restaurants In Europe

This is part 1 of my series of articles on Chinese restaurants around the world. This article contains pictures of Chinese restaurants and food in Europe that I have taken. The topic of Chinese restaurants in Europe is quite an interesting one, and this article will discuss this in depth. Continue reading “Chinese Restaurants In Europe”

Fun With Tones In Chinese

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Mandarin Chinese allows you to have lots of fun with tones due to how many homophones there are. This posts comes because of an experience I had about 3 years ago in China.

One day, I was giving my students a lecture at the college I was working at, about transportation and traveling in English. I tried to mix in a bit of Chinese during the class to help them understand more. I was talking about cars, planes, and the like, and eventually talked about riding horses. Eventually I asked a rhetorical question, which was “does Shandong have horses”? Shandong by the way, is a province in China. In Chinese I said 山东有马吗. In traditional characters it is 山東有馬嗎. Continue reading “Fun With Tones In Chinese”

Apps That Can Evaluate Your Chinese Pronunciation

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I recently came across some great smartphone apps that can evaluate your Chinese pronunciation quality. Pronunciation is absolutely crucial in Mandarin, especially because it is a tonal language. But without a teacher or native Mandarin Chinese speaker, it is hard to know if you are pronouncing words correctly. This article talks about the best free smartphone apps which can evaluate your Chinese pronunciation. Continue reading “Apps That Can Evaluate Your Chinese Pronunciation”