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Long Time No See

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The phrase ‘long time no see’ is one of the rare exceptions where it seems that English has absorbed a little piece of Chinese. In this case, the grammar. The sentence structure of 好久不見 (hao 3 jiu4 bu4 jian4) is quite unlike anything else in […]

Taipei Times – Dictionaries for Learning Chinese

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This month, I review two electronic learning aids developed for people learning Chinese. This time, however, they are produced by Asian companies. Read the reviews here: XCome Dictionary for Asus EeePC & Dr Eye Han Easy (html page) (pdf) Enjoy! The story of a British […]

Taipei Times – Chinese Learning Technology 2

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Taipei Times – Chinese Learning Technology It’s two in two weeks, as I am introducing the mobile section of my Chinese language review series. I do aim to catch up with developments in my new job but I have barely had a moment to think […]

Taipei Times – Chinese Learning Technology

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Taipei Times – Chinese Learning Technology It’s been a wee while, but I am back on the writing bandwagon after a ‘sabbatical’ – or rather, a break while I got my head around changing jobs and going on holiday. But here it is – and […]

Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry

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Here’s the latest literature that is gracing my bed side table – a hard-hitting commentary on children in the modern educational environment. Written by the controversial and outspoken British author, Michael Rosen, it plots the fate of a small child who decides, one fateful day, […]

Chinese Burn

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After many months of almost getting my backside in gear, I have finally got round to creating a blog in Chinese. Finally, I hope that this provides me with an easy way to enjoyably prepare written work for my Chinese teacher! I want it to […]

My Chinese System

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I think it is worth talking a little about the technology I use, on a day to day basis, to learn Chinese. Some of it definitely does not work, some of it I think is very effective, and some is just fun. Also, after a […]

3000 Words in Chinese

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I just learnt my 3000th word in Chinese! Kind of a magic number for me to reach, because they say I should be able to start reading basic newspapers now. We shall see. I know this because I tap every word I learn into my […]

2056 – Supermemo

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Yesterday, I passed rather a milestone – I have now learnt more than 2000 characters! I have not spoken a great deal about my learning Chinese, except for the occasional moments of frustration or amusing anecdotes. But, it does consume an enormous part of my […]