BlogArchive by Category "Learning Chinese"
14 Mar 2023
Korean vs Japanese vs Chinese
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
17 Jan 2023
How to Learn Chinese: My Top 6 Tips
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
11 Aug 2020
Chinese Grammar is Not Difficult
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
Learning Cantonese: How I Went About It
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
18 Oct 2018
How to Learn Mandarin and Can You be Fluent in 6 Months?
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?
多数人从来没有成功的学会另外一种语言。他们没有这个经验 也没有把握。怎么办呢？ 你得相信学习过程, 而想办法享受学习过程, 要采取积极的态度, 花足够的时间，就会成功. 以后学另外一门外语就会容易得多. 有乐趣。Read more 学语言为什么那么困难？
Who is a guai lo?
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?
Why learn Chinese?
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?
Audiobooks galore from China.
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.
One of the best places to learn Chinese online
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