Tag Archives: Mandarin

Slow Chinese

Studying Chinese without the help of a teacher is no small challenge; I would go so far as to discourage those who really want to make progress from trying to do so on their own, at least in the beginning.  … Continue reading

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Mandarin

I have never enjoyed any undertaking quite as much as I have enjoyed my pursuit of fluency in Mandarin.  It has been a challenge like I never predicted.  I sometimes hear people speak of their passion and how it ‘saved … Continue reading

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The Textbook

A new semester brings about the need to buy a new textbook. Buying a used version, I find that it contains the thoughts and bizarre notes forgotten by the previous owner. Continue reading

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Pleco!

For those interested in improving their language and study skills, this is perhaps that greatest Ipod/Iphone app you can lay your hands on. Better still, its free! Continue reading

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I dream of characters

I try to write the simple characters, Qing wen, two that I have known from my earliest studies.  They are not hard to write, not hard to remember, yet every time I try to put them down on paper I … Continue reading

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