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Using LingQ To Study Chinese

Over the years I have used a number of different language learning apps and websites. Out of all these online tools, LingQ has been the most beneficial to my Chinese. The website is not as well known as large brands like Rosetta Stone and I didn’t come across it until around two years into my…

How to Assess Your Chinese Level

Assessing your level of Chinese may sound simple but it is easier said than done. There is no objective test that can accurately measure your ability to understand and use Chinese. Moreover, categories like ‘elementary’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ are used so loosely and in such varied contexts that they are virtually meaningless. Add to this…

Why I Don’t Study Formal Chinese Grammar

In the four years I have been learning Chinese I have spent very little time studying the formal rules of Chinese grammar. It is not that I think doing so is a waste of time for language learners in general. Nor do I rule out reading more about it in the future. However, I am…

Why I’m a Fan of Chinese Graded Readers

When I started out learning Mandarin one of the things that used to irritate me the most was receiving vague and unhelpful replies from seasoned learners about precisely how they became fluent in the language. For some reason these responses were most common when asking how they became proficient in Chinese reading. The conversation would…

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