Hanbridge Mandarin Review

The nice folks over at Hanbridge Mandarin reached out to me in order to provide me with a free-trial of their online Skype school.  In the following review I will give an honest run-down of my first impressions and my experience. Initial Impressions: Hanbridge is a mandarin school based out of Shenzhen, I first learned about them when I was approached by one of their … Continue reading Hanbridge Mandarin Review

Cool Games to learn Mandarin

Imagine if you could play a role playing game and by the end of it, you would be fluent in Chinese? Sounds stupid, right? Traditional logic states it is stupid and that Language Acquisition is something that should be hard, something that should be “earned”. In the eyes of most snooty academics, you shouldn’t be able to have fun and learn a language. ESPECIALLY not Mandarin Chinese, … Continue reading Cool Games to learn Mandarin

Songs to Improve Your Mandarin Chinese Accent

Everyone has that one friend, the one with the terrible Mandarin accent. They speak in a flat monotone, with no emotion and no respect to timing.  It’s as if they were bored and reading pinyin as if it was English. Most of the time, secondary speakers of Mandarin just don’t understand how bad they actually sound to a native speaker. I think that this is … Continue reading Songs to Improve Your Mandarin Chinese Accent

HelloChinese App Review

My Friend Vera, who used to work at ChinesePod is now involved in the launch of a wonderful Chinese Learning App called HelloChinese. The app is designed by a talented team with a wealth of experience in Academic Chinese learning, and it looks like they have the design side down as well. You can get the app for yourself at http://www.hellochinese.cc or at the following … Continue reading HelloChinese App Review

Integrated Learning: Android Development and Learning Language – Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese

Click here to get Cheap Online Japanese Lessons! Click here for Cheap Chinese Lessons! $7.00 / week! Want to make an android application? Want to learn a language at the same time?  Don’t know how to code? No Problem. You can develop Android applications, learn the basics of coding, and develop final products, WHILE LEARNING YOUR TARGET LANGUAGE. Read more below to find out how. … Continue reading Integrated Learning: Android Development and Learning Language – Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese

6 Quick and Dirty Chinese Words: How to talk about Flavors in Mandarin Chinese

Here is a quick and dirty list of words that you can use to talk about flavors in Mandarin Chinese, they won’t be poetic, but you’ll be able to express yourself clearer: 1. 苦 (adj)  – kǔ – Bitter  一点苦的绿色蔬菜 yì diǎn kǔ de lǜsè shūcài A bitter green vegetable 2. 辣 (adj) – là – Spicy 太辣了有点刺痛 tài là le yǒudiǎn cìtòng so spicy … Continue reading 6 Quick and Dirty Chinese Words: How to talk about Flavors in Mandarin Chinese

Easy Beginner Chinese: How to Introduce Yourself in Mandarin Chinese

Easy Beginner Chinese: How to Introduce Yourself in Mandarin The first thing that most people learn when they learn a language is how to say hello.  Use this how to guide to learn a basic mandarin introduction. Click here to get more Chinese lessons! 你好 - Ni3 Hao3 – Falling/Rising Tone x2 First, say the Mandarin word for hello.  This phrase literally translates to “You, … Continue reading Easy Beginner Chinese: How to Introduce Yourself in Mandarin Chinese

Useful Chinese Bargaining Phrases – 5 Steps: How to Haggle in Mandarin

Four Useful Chinese Bargaining Phrases + Tips on How to Haggle in Mandarin.` 我不要 – Wo3 bu4 yao4 – I don”t want it / I would not like it. (Useful to tell hawkers that you aren’t interested.) 多少钱 – Duo1 shao3 qian1 – How much is it? How much money? – Useful for asking price. 一点贵 – Yi1Dian3 Gui4 – A little bit expensive. Great for telling the … Continue reading Useful Chinese Bargaining Phrases – 5 Steps: How to Haggle in Mandarin