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How to turn studying Chinese into a habit

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,”

Aristotle.

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

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How to Read a Chinese Poem with Only One Sound

By Aaron Posehn

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

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ChinesePod Meetup in NYC!

Hello all my lovely C-Poddies!

你好,我情爱的C-Poddies!

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.

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Self-Service Buffets: How to get a cheap healthy meal in Asia

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

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Look up chinese words offline with a tripple tap

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 (Chromebut they only work online, in the browser.

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Study ChinesePod words in Anki with Audio: Advanced

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. 

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Mandarin with Manu Interview

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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

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How to Save Vocabulary and Create Custom Decks on ChinesePod.com

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

-Gwil



Useful Links:

Vocabulary Manger to Create a Deck:
Website Flashcard Review:

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A Typical Breakfast in Taiwan

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

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Lucy in Chinese | (超体chāo tǐ | 露西lù xī)

This post was written by our good friend Aaron Posehn of Learnchinesebusiness.com and Founder of chinEASE. Check our recent interview with him here.

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

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Advice on moving to Taiwan | Interview with Aaron Posehn

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

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Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team? or just Guardians of the Galaxy?

UPDATE:

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!!!


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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in Chinese

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