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Chinese Level 3: Nailed it!

Well, I’ve finished Chinese Level 3. The capstone is in place, the race has been run, and now I speak fluent Mandarin, right? Well, not quite—although, looking back, I feel…

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Counting in Mandarin

This is Molly’s third post about learning Mandarin. To learn about her earlier experiences, please read Part I and Part II. In Mandarin, every countable noun (that is, every noun…

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Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Helps Woman Converse About Food: Ni chi le ma?

I’ve noticed that there’s a bias toward food language in Mandarin. When you run into a friend on the street or meet someone for a date, they’ll greet you with…

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Easy to Learn, Harder to Remember

Mandarin is a brilliantly simple language. The grammar, while rigid, is straightforward and practical, and it employs the familiar subject-verb-object structure. The verbs never conjugate. Nouns don’t change between singular…

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Unlocking Chinese Characters

My in-country language-learning history before moving to China included studying German in college and dabbling in Spanish on various trips to Central America. What I didn’t notice until coming to…

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