Mandarin Rules

Mandarin Rules’ Final Rule

After a couple of years of dedication to the column tackling putonghua, we read the final…

App And Away We Go: Duolingo Chinese Learning App

Learning a new language or trying to brush-up on your Mandarin? There…

Talking with Guests

Stepping away from the usual Putonghua insight, this month introduces you to the Hakka language and…

A Well-Intended TV Addiction

We all look for ways to pass the time and avoid the summer heat, often falling…

Mandarin Accents: South vs North

Those who have attempted learning Mandarin know the accent changes depending on where you go. The…

Is Chinese Really The Hardest Language in The World ?

Chinese is often called the hardest language in the world with its complex writing and tonal…

So How Long Does It Take?

You might be wondering, “how long does it take to master Mandarin?” Factor in your…

You Cannot Be Tone-Deaf In China

Chinese poetry is a blur of semanticism, tone variation and complexities. This month, our resident…

A Journey to the East

With the part that the Chinese writing system plays in Japanese and Korean, one may…

Attainment, Home and Away

It came and went as quickly as the build up from the western new year—that’s…