Monthly Archives: June 2015

Learning Chinese 301: Vocabulary Building

It’s time to work on building up some Chinese vocabulary.  A very nice set of Chinese vocabulary lists grouped by word/phrase complexity (and prepared as study lists for the HSK exam) can be found HERE.  Individual lists with definitions, ordered in increasing … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese 201: Repetition and Dialogue

Two helpful practices in getting an ear for the sound of a new language are Repetition and Dialogue. Repetition: One great way to practice listening Repetition is by listening to music in the target language.  While listening to music in … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese 101: Word Sounds (BoPoMoFo)

When learning Mandarin Chinese, it’s helpful to start by learning the set of sounds used in the language.  The set of sounds used in Mandarin Chinese is often referred to as BoPoMoFo for the four initial sounds in this standard sequence. … Continue reading

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Tech Tips: YouTube, Distraction-free

Have you ever wanted to play YouTube videos without all of the clutter that appears around and beneath the video on a standard YouTube video playback page?  Well, YouTube actually makes it possible to do this with only a little … Continue reading

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Tech Tips: YouTube Speed Control

Have you ever wanted to speed up or slow down the playback of YouTube videos?  This is particularly useful when watching videos that feature primarily spoken voice, such as interviews, speeches, podcasts, or audio books (yep; there are TONS of … Continue reading

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