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Language

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…

Where On Earth Is Fulan?

Pronunciation is a key part of learning any language. Julie Axelsson speaks of her recent findings with dialectical pronunciation…

Learning, Fast and Slow

Whether you’re a fast learner or a slow learner, you have to do what’s right for you if you…

Challenging Characters

A character-building challenge that teaches perseverance, is it worth it for us to spend time learning Chinese characters? How…

My Language Journey, and Yours

We all know how difficult learning or familiarizing with mandarin can be. Language enthusiast Julie Axelsson speaks of the…

Ballpark Figure

EACH MONTH, WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE MORE INTERESTING SIDE OF LANGUAGE, ALL IN AN EFFORT TO UNPACK WHAT…