BlogArchive by Category "Learning Chinese"
19 Jan 2021
Korean vs Japanese vs Chinese, ever wonder what the similarities and differences are between these three languages 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. How I Learned Mandarin, Japanese and Korean […]Read more Korean vs Japanese vs Chinese
11 Aug 2020
The first thing about Chinese is that it’s not as difficult as people say. It has certain difficulties. I would say difficulty number one is the characters. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a matter of staying with it and doing it every day; finding a system that works for you. I think […]Read more Chinese Grammar is Not Difficult
11 Feb 2020
I lived in Hong Kong from ’68 to ’70, two and a half years, but my main task for the first year there was to learn Mandarin. Thereafter I worked at the Canadian High Commission, mostly in English, or in Mandarin on my visits to China for the twice annual Canton Trade Fair. Also, although […]Read more Learning Cantonese: How I Went About It
7 Jan 2020
I studied Mandarin Chinese 50 years ago. It took me nine 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 Internet, […]Read more How to Learn Chinese: My Top 6 Tips
18 Oct 2018
How to Learn Mandarin and Can You be Fluent in 6 Months has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today, I’m going to talk to you about how to become fluent in Mandarin in six months. Let me […]Read more How to Learn Mandarin and Can You be Fluent in 6 Months?
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