BlogArchive by Category "Learning Chinese"
31 Jul 2018
I studied Mandarin Chinese 50 years ago. It took me 9 months to reach a level where I could translate newspaper editorials from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English, read novels and interpret for people, I did this in the age of the open reel tape recorder, long before the age of the […]Read more How to Learn Chinese: My Top 6 Tips
10 Oct 2017
What are the similarities and differences between Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and how should we go about learning them? To what extent can learning one help you with the others? Let me share my experience in learning these three Asian languages. Mandarin Chinese: Intense and Structured I spent almost a year studying Mandarin full time […]Read more Differences Between Chinese, Japanese and Korean
Donald Trump has successfully sued a woman $5 million for saying nasty things about him, or rather about a beauty pageant that he organized. I don’t think Donald Trump’s reputation, nor the good name of beauty pageants, is worth $5 million. In my mind neither has much honor. I don’t understand how a judge could […]Read more Donald Trump, Mouton Rothschild 2006 and other subjects
The term "guai lo" is commonly used by Cantonese speakers to refer to Westerners. It literally means "ghost man" or "devil man". It is considered, by Chinese speakers, as an inoffensive, but convenient term to use to describe people of European or...Read more Who is a guai lo?
I am back from my various travels and tomorrow I have a date. I am one of five judges who will choose the winner of the 2011 Miss Chinese Vancouver pageant. We will be interviewing the contestants in Chinese and English tomorrow afternoon, and thi...Read more Why learn Chinese?
I am just back from China and 20% of the weight in my suitcase consists of audiobook CDs that I bought there. History, philosophy, literature, lots!!, in Mandarin and Cantonese. Some even have the text on the CD. My Czech learning has been brought...Read more Audiobooks galore from China.
Where can we find good Chinese content to listen to and read? I decided to have a look at what we have in our Chinese library at LingQ. Wow! Was I impressed when I found so many wonderful collections of Chinese content at all levels. Since our con...Read more One of the best places to learn Chinese online
Now here is my effort to do the same for Asian languages. This is just an experiment at this stage. We also intend to offer beginners other kinds of help including phonetic script, a proper translation and explanations where required and more. The...Read more Word for word translations Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Friedemann is a regular contributor to this blog, and a speaker of many languages. I spoke with him in Suzhou China, in English, with a little Scandinavian and then in Mandarin, about learning Chinese and a few other subjects. There is a second ha...Read more Friedemann and I discuss studying Chinese, from Suzhou China.