How to Nail Chinese Pronunciation

One trick for learning to speak Chinese fast and efficiently is to focus on pronouncing the initials and finals separately first, rather than focusing on all aspects of pinyin spelling. Mandarin consists of hundreds of different syllables if you include all the tonal variations, but there are only around 20 initials, many of them effectively...

Goals are the Guideposts to Learning Chinese

To make progress in anything, including work, learning, and life, it is best to set goals and to prioritize by fixing deadlines and timelines. Achieving your goals and the steps to get there get easier the clearer you make them. Know where you are going and you're more likely to get there. This is...

What Is the Difference Between Simplified and Traditional Chinese?

Simplified and traditional Chinese refers to the two systems of written Chinese. The question of whether to learn simplified or traditional Chinese is a standard question for those new to Chinese. In this article, we explore the differences between the two writing systems, their history and where they are used today. 1. Where Are They...