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Chinese Grammar Isn’t As Simple As You Think!

I’ve often heard learners and teachers alike say Mandarin grammar is ‘simple.’ Unlike European languages, they point out, there are no genders, verb conjugations or plurals to worry about. That’s true enough. But Chinese grammar can also be deceptively tricky! The way native speakers construct sentences often follows a different logic and word order from…

My Photo Diary from Five Days Speaking Only Chinese on Mandarin Retreat Summer Camp

In this guest post, blogger and Mandarin Retreat volunteer Lingo Geek publishes his photo diary from five days spent speaking only Chinese on a recent summer camp It’s been a rare privilege to have been a Volunteer Organiser with the Mandarin Retreat team since its conception in the early summer of 2022. The organisation provides…

Five Ways I’ve Changed My Mind About Learning Chinese

My approaches to studying Chinese have evolved quite a bit since I first started this blog two years ago. Broadly speaking my view on how we learn languages remains the similar: I still believe we need huge amounts of input in order to acquire our target language and continue to advocate an immersive approach to…

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