Learning a language can be brutal; especially those that aren’t comprised of Latin letters, which are what native English speakers are most familiar with. Even when it comes to learning a foreign language in school, our choices are often limited to Spanish or French-two languages that essentially use the same alphabet as English.
Thus when faced with the daunting Continue reading
This is a guest post from friend of the site, Furio of Saporedicina.com. I’ve been a long time fan of Furio’s and it’s a great pleasure to share some of his ideas on our new blog. To read more about Furio, check out this page.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit,”
Why is it important to turn your study of Chinese into a habit?
Learning a foreign language requires consistency and Chinese is no exception. The most important piece of advice I can give you for learning Mandarin is Continue reading
Learning Chinese can be a struggle, especially if you’ve just started out on the path to fluency. The tones, the characters, and the difficult sounds that you might not be familiar with can be a challenge to grasp.
However, once you’ve spent some time learning the basics, next comes reading articles, writing short in-class essays, and even perhaps the ability to understand TV shows and movies.
But once you’re fairly comfortable in these areas, you might take your Continue reading
The cosmopolitan city that never sleeps encompasses all types- young, urban professionals, struggling artists, bewildered tourists thumbing through their guidebooks and a slew of others- a wash of color and culture all blended smoothly together in one of the world’s largest melting pots.
Of course in a city so Continue reading
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Learn key cultural insights and useful phrases and vocabulary with our 3 hosts, Jenny Zhu, David Xu, and Fiona Tian. Continue reading
Taiwan is known for its wide selection of food options. And “wide” doesn’t even cover it. As I outlined in a previous post, the breakfast options alone are quite extensive.
However, the one thing that I’ve heard many people say about food in Taiwan is that it’s sometimes quite greasy. But while this may be true, there are also lots of other options out there if you’d like to be a bit healthier.
Some of my favourite places to go are Continue reading
This one is for all you Mac users. Ever wanted to look up a Chinese character quickly and conveniently without disrupting your reading. It’s easy to do on your mac with a 3 finger tap and it works offline, system wide!
Note: You can also get browser add ons for Chrome and Firefox such as http://www.perapera.org/ and Zhongwen (Chrome)
but they only work online, in the browser.
Warning: This is quite technical, and so I’m currently in talks with an app developer to make the process of learning your ChinesePod flashcards a lot easier. I will let you know when we have something ready. I will also write a post about doing it in Pleco which is a lot easier to do.
Todays post will try and explain how you Continue reading
In today’s post I interview someone that I have been a fan of for a while. I really like the way Manu uses a blog to chart his Mandarin progress and it’s something I suggest ChinesePod fans to do themselves. I also like his use of fun illustrations that pepper each post.
Hi Manu, could you give everyone a brief introduction to who you are and how you got interested in Chinese?
I have lived in the Continue reading
Two small but delightful updates for you all today.
1.Search directly from within the toolbar to make your life a little simpler. No more clicking in to sub-menus to search a lesson or keyword.
Find any lesson you want, wherever you are.
2.Vocabulary drop-down button now added to the main Continue reading
After watching this video you will be able to create a custom deck, add vocabulary to the custom deck, and study it on your computer or mobile device. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy
If you’re new to ChinesePod, this video will guide you through listening to your free sample lessons. If you have any questions afterwards, feel free to ask us.
For all you new users that sign up, here is a special video from Fiona and the Team.
The one thing you’ll continuously hear if you visit Taiwan is how good the food is. This is not a lie, and not even some sort of disillusion on the part of a small group of people who just like to eat stinky tofu all day. It’s actually true.
You have your beef noodle soups (牛肉面 / 牛肉麵 [niú ròu miàn]), your curries (咖哩 [gā lí]), your shaved ice (刨冰 [bào bīng], also called 剉冰 [tsua bing] in Taiwanese), and my favorite, pork chops with rice (猪排饭 / 豬排飯 [zhū pái fàn]). Continue reading
Whether you’re a complete beginner (Newbie) or an advanced learner, ChinesePod has a lesson for you. In today’s post i’m going to give you a brief introduction to all the levels that we offer. Continue reading
In order to make the user experience more consistent and intuitive, we have moved all of our settings into one new home.
Previously, there were 4 different ways of changing your settings, which were spread throughout the site. In this small change, we have grouped them under one roof. Continue reading
Take it away Aaron. GJ
A few days after it opened in theatres here in Taipei, I went to go see Scarlett Johannson’s latest film, Lucy. Equipped with its fair share of Korean gangsters, drug Continue reading
In today’s post I interview a friend of the site, and long time user, Aaron Posehn. You can check out his cool ebook on learning to write characters over at chinease-ebook.com
Hi Aaron, can you give everyone a brief introduction to who you are and how you first got interested in learning Chinese?
My name is Aaron Posehn and I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada. My love affair with Chinese started Continue reading
In this tutorial I’m going to show you a quick hack to make your studying a bit more effective on ChinesePod. Continue reading
First things first, I LOVE the look of this traditional character for turtle (龜 gūi). I might go as far as saying that it’s my favourite. It almost looks like the special ninja swords (Sai) that Raphael uses. It’s as if all those years back when someone was creating this character, they foresaw a future where turtles would wield ninja swords! Continue reading
If you are wondering how to switch between simplified 简体字 Continue reading
This post was written before it came out in Mainland China since it didn’t get released until some time later. It then got posted on Reddit, and was the #5 ranking article on there. Then it began being mentioned on numerous blog sites* and now
Even the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy has coined my English translation!!!
星際異攻隊 – that is, Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team -opens Friday in China! pic.twitter.com/9XpSoxqrAU
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 6, 2014
I love ChinesePod. I love Skritter. I love lots of things. Continue reading
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in Chinese
Two weeks ago we went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, (2014).
It’s a pretty confusing name, especially since the predecessor was called “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” They definitely have too many “of the” in the titles. What will the third one be called? Rise of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!?
It’s part two of the rebooted franchise, which had already been (badly) attempted by Tim Burton and “Marky Mark” Wahlberg in 2001 which itself was a remake of the 1968 Charlton Heston movie. Continue reading