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Opinion: No, Professor Krashen, the Perfect Accent Is NOT Already Within You

Just over a year ago I attended an online networking conference for Mandarin enthusiasts. The event was run by the Confucius Institute and provided an opportunity for students and teachers to meet each other and discuss Chinese learning. I entered one of the breakout rooms and raised a topic which had been on my mind:…

Your Ultimate Guide to Mastering Chinese Listening in Five Steps

Of the four core language learning skills – listening, reading, speaking and writing – I’ve found listening to be the toughest to crack. For long periods during the five years I’ve been learning Mandarin, mastering Chinese listening felt like an impossible task. Yet I’ve now reached a stage where listening when conversing with native speakers…

Mandarin Retreat: This New Language Learning Initiative Aims to Replicate the Experience of Total Chinese Immersion in the UK (Podcast)

*This podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Anchor. Please subscribe on your favoured podcast provider and leave a review. Regular listeners to this podcast will be aware that a common thread running through many of the topics we discuss is how to create an optimal language learning environment while studying Mandarin from outside…

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