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Lessons in Understanding the Chinese Word hui 會 in Context – Just Because You Are Able to Cook Doesn’t Mean You Will

It may seem like a small thing, but, if you think about it, it really could be important some day to know if someone is asking “if you are able do such-and-such” or “if you will do such-and-such”. You don’t want to accidentally be thinking you are indicating an ability, only to find you have […]

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Why I Let the Crocodile Eat Me in Chinese - Fun Tricks to Learn Sentence Structure

Just like crisis can bring deeper bond to relationships, conversing about intense, real life situations can aid in the learning of a new language. While text books and formatted study programs can become dry, there is something about discussing personal adventures that seems to stimulate absurd sentences and aid the memory in unique ways. Take […]

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Learning to Translate a Chinese Newspaper with a Highlighter and KTdict Chinese – English Translator App

  To keep my interest while learning Chinese, there has to be a balance between enough repetition that I can tell I’m making progress, but also enough variety that it stays interesting. I added variety to my studies last week when I picked up a Chinese language newspaper (link to the article I used) at […]

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Developing Translation Techniques to Study Mandarin Chinese

For me, learning to understand Mandarin Chinese (hereafter simply referred to as “Chinese.”) means developing translation techniques. This helps me study the language by providing a framework of comprehension. The challenge is that Chinese writing is not phonetic and that there are few visual clues in the writing to inform about word division. It often […]

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In Search of the Olive Tree

As I have become exposed to different cultures during my life, I have gained understanding of how my culture influences me.  More importantly, I have gained insight into how some people confuse culture with truth and attempt to be dogmatic about things that can legitimately have variation.  And yet, I have also seen that there […]

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