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Christmas Reflections & Ambitious New Year Goals

Reflecting on my progress over the past year I am left with a strange feeling. On the one hand I believe my spoken proficiency, listening comprehension and character recognition have progressed more in the past year than the three previous years combined. Yet subjectively it sometimes feels like I’ve regressed.  This is because a year…

“Wow! Your Mandarin is Awesome!” Decoding Chinese Politeness (Podcast)

Anyone who has learned Mandarin will be familiar with how encouraging Chinese people tend to be towards those of us who take an interest in their language. For the most part this is great. All we have to do is say 你好 in order to be showered with praise and encouragement. But at times it…

Christmas Raffle: Win Twelve Chinese Graded Readers!

Update, 17/12/2021: The winner of the raffle has been announced as Søren Friis Hansen, from Denmark! Congratulations Søren and thank you to everyone who took part! — I’ve previously written about how graded readers helped me as an elementary Chinese learner. However, over the past two years I have progressed to working with native materials…

Benjamin Zephaniah on Learning Mandarin (Podcast)

*This podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Pocket Casts and Breaker. Please subscribe on your favoured podcast provider and leave a review. For Today’s podcast I had the honour of interviewing a very distinguished guest. Benjamin Zephaniah is best known as one of Britain’s favourite poets. He is also a political activist,…

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