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Dan Poole

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How to Find a Chinese Language Partner

Finding a good language partner is not easy especially if you are practicing Chinese with someone that only wants to speak English.
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How to Effectively Learn Chinese Characters

Learning Chinese characters – and remembering them! – is no easy task. Fortunately, there are methods and resources out there that not only allow you to learn Chinese characters effectively but save time and have fun in the process.
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Top Tools to Learn to Read Chinese in 2020

Learning to read Chinese can be a struggle! Thankfully, I have found out that when armed with the right mindset and the appropriate tools, there are both effective and fun ways to do it.
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2020 Beginners Guide to Learning Chinese

Have you been interested in learning Mandarin Chinese in 2020, but have no idea where to start? The step-by-step guide below is for all beginners and those considering learning Mandarin Chinese but who are lost on exactly how to get started.
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Language Learning: Accent vs Pronunciation

Which is more important for language learning: focusing on a good accent or good pronunciation? The majority of hard-core language blogs on the net promote having an authentic-sounding or ‘native’ accent as being the ‘holy grail’ of language learning.
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Best Ways to Learn Chinese Vocabulary in 2020

When investing time into learning a language, you want to see quick and consistent results. Below I’d like to share my personal method for learning Chinese vocabulary – hopefully you can find it useful or modify it to suit your needs!
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One Month Challenge

Are you lacking the motivation to study Chinese? Keep putting it off for other projects? Haven’t learnt a new character since you started playing Fortnite? If this describes you, a 30-day challenge is just what you need.
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How to Improve your Listening in Chinese

Improving your listening in Chinese is the top skill you should focus on while learning Chinese. But improving your listening isn’t as simple as turning on Chinese radio and expecting your listening to magically get better.
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Keep Yourself Accountable for Learning Chinese

Among the hardest things, you face while learning Chinese is keeping yourself accountable. Without any accountability, you are less likely to maintain a regular study schedule and risk learning very little Chinese or quitting the language entirely.
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How to Immerse Yourself in Chinese at Home

Most folks agree that to become a conversational or fluent speaker in Mandarin, you must immerse yourself in a Chinese speaking environment IN CHINA. Yet many of us lack the time, money, or desire to spend a significant time in China. Fortunately there plenty of ways to immerse yourself in Chinese in your home country.
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Beginners Guide to Chinese Tones

It’s common to hear from folks studying Mandarin asking whether speaking proper Chinese tones are important. While many are duped into thinking Chinese tones can be ignored, learning proper Chinese tones is 100% essential to becoming a proficient speaker in Mandarin. Let me explain.
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Improve your spoken Mandarin with a Tutor

Among the top ways to improve your spoken Mandarin is through one-on-one lessons with a personal Chinese tutor. However, finding a professional tutor for a reasonable price can be really difficult. At least that was how I felt until discovering ways to find a personal Chinese tutor online.
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Audio Flashcards For Anki Using ChinesePod

Audio flashcards are an incredible resource for learning languages. They turn listening and reading activities (which are passive) into active ones.
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How Long Does It Take To Learn A Language?

Today I wanted to address one of the most asked questions by language learners, and potential ones. This is, of course, the question of “how long does it take to become fluent in a language?”
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Chinese Tones Explained

One of the most daunting aspects of the Chinese language are its tones. And, sure, if you explain them like most native speakers or self-impressed successful learners do, they definitely sound it!
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3 Great Chinese Dictionary Apps

As a foreigner in Beijing with less than fluent Mandarin skills, I depend a lot on Chinese English dictionary apps on my smartphone. These apps are great for quickly looking up a word or refreshing my memory on the correct pronunciation.
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Why Chinese is Not Easy for Westerners

Learning Chinese is not easy – but it is quite doable I think. So what makes it difficult to learn Chinese? Well, pretty much everything: tones, sounds, vocab, grammar, and of course characters. Let’s look at each.
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