September 9, 2018

Pinyin offers lots of help in knowing how to pronounce characters - but you need to be sure you know how to pronounce the pinyin - and that isn't always obvious. 

This resource gives you a check list with sound files for you to refer back to:

http://www.ctcfl.ox.ac.uk/Pi...

November 13, 2017

Have a look at this blog post:

https://www.chineseboost.com/grammar/ba-ma-sentence-particles/

August 5, 2017

From: https://digmandarin.tumblr.com/post/144806757282/the-beauty-of-these-chinese-conversational-phrases/amp

October 30, 2016

Here's a short revision lesson on noun specifiers - ie words which make it clear which one of something you're referring to.

http://mandarinchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/noun-specifiers.html

September 14, 2016

Mid Autumn Festival is the second most important traditional festival in China - second only to Chinese New Year.  But what, if anything, do you know about it?

Here is some information:

http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival-tradition.htm

August 16, 2016

Here's a useful refresher of the basics to keep you going over the Summer. Try units 1, 2 and 3:

http://web.csulb.edu/~txie/ccol/content.htm

July 16, 2016

Want a different way to fix basic Chinese characters in your head? Here's a fun way; give it a go and see what you think:

http://www.hanzihero.com/lessons.html

July 4, 2016

If you'd like to see China but want to get off the beaten track, this 2-part BBC edition of The Travel Show may be what you need.  It also gives you a few chances to try out picking up some 'words' or phrases from some of the interviews.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/epi...

June 25, 2016

If you enjoyed using the Chineseskill app that I mention below, you really should have a look at Memrise too. There's an accompanying app and it can all be used for free. (There are loads of topics to choose from - not just languages). Pick your topic, pick a course an...

June 15, 2016

This video clip makes me just want to hop on a plane and pop over to Sichuan for lunch:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000004382909/sichuan-cuisine.html

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