Language

Attainment, Home and Away

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

新年快乐! Or, Happy New Year!

From semantics to celebrations to misinterpretations, language is more than just memorizing words and phrases—as we discover in this…

Catching the Mouse

What is the best method for learning Mandarin? Well, there isn’t one. But there are a number of options…

Guess What? Cantonese Rules, Too

It’s easy to forget that not far behind the most widely spoken Chinese language is the lovable Cantonese, of…

For the Sake of Characters

In China, children begin their journey to understand mandarin’s complex writing system at a very young age. Are they…

Beware of Long Vacations

Mostly, this column has been about how grueling yet immensely fulfilling it is to study Mandarin. Not this time….

Here Comes The Much Dreaded HSK…

Most of us know about the HSK, but how many of us have actually taken it or are aiming…

A Foreign Correspondent’s Report

After leaving China for a trip, our language enthusiast discovered that even in Europe, there were to be plenty…

The Triple Challenge

The trials & tribulations of learning a foreign language can be overwhelming. With Mandarin’s intricate system of symbols, this…

Why bother?

Learning a language takes time. But once you do, you can enjoy the perks, like conversing with locals, getting…