At the age of 55, I decided to learn Cantonese. I had studied Mandarin and could read Chinese characters, but I needed to develop the ability to understand how Chinese characters were pronounced in Cantonese. I went through a period of six months of intensive listening. That was when I discovered the minidisk player. For […]
197 Country Names in Chinese (Complete List + Abbreviations) Country names are crucial to add to your vocabulary when you learn the Chinese language. Whether you want to introduce yourself to your new Chinese friends or colleagues, or are reading international news and want to understand the setting, you’ll need to know the countries in […]
Top 20 Most Popular and Beautiful Chinese Actresses (with Pics) In the cinema as on television screen, China has always been brimming with beautiful actresses. Chinese actresses exude style, grace, and talent. And with every single movie or drama, they win us over a bit more. But have you been wondering which of the numerous […]
How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese: All You Need to Know Learning how to introduce yourself in Chinese is definitely the very first skill that you’ll need in order to make a great first impression to win over new Chinese friends. Sure, if you’ve ever done a Chinese language course, you’ve probably spent a considerable amount of time learning how to […]
Shanghainese vs Mandarin: What’s the Difference? As you travel around China, it’s important to remember that Mandarin, the official language of China is not always what the locals are speaking. And Shanghai is a prime example! Mandarin (Mandarin Chinese, Standard Mandarin, or Standard Chinese as we know it with the familiar four tones) is the […]
Top 20 Most Popular Chinese Actors (+ Their Best Movies) In the cinema as on TV screen, China has always been brimming with talented actors. Chinese actors exude style, charm, and gift. And with every single film or drama, they win us over a little bit more. But have you been wondering which of the numerous Chinese actors […]
Mandarin vs Cantonese: What’s the Difference? (Comparison Chart) If you are considering learning Chinese, then you’re probably interested in the similarities and differences in Mandarin vs Cantonese, and wondering which is the better choice for you. Mandarin and Cantonese are the two most popular Chinese languages spoken by over one billion people in the world. Although […]
Language learning depends mostly on three factors, the attitude of the learner, the time available, and learner’s attentiveness to the language. If we assume a positive attitude on the part of the learner, and a reasonable and growing attentivenes… The post How Long Should it Take to Learn a Language? appeared first on The Linguist.
Language learning as we know is about motivation. That’s the driver. That’s the smart plug that triggers your interest, your curiosity. Content, which feeds that curiosity and those interests, is extremely important. Content that you like, content that has resonance for you. The post Learning Languages with Netflix & YouTube appeared first on The Linguist.
I think very often in the standard classroom there’s a tremendous emphasis placed on producing the language, speaking the language, which is fine because that’s what people want to do. But what I think is more important is what will I be able to do with the language in a year from now? And from […]