Gettin’ Your Chinese On

practical advice on how to approach the study of Mandarin

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1. Exotic Phonetics — Forget what you knew

Every language uses tones — to differentiate statements from questions, for example, or to infuse speech with emotional qualities like excitement or surprise. Chinese just happens to use them in shorter bursts, in a way that determines the role of each syllable in the sentence.

2. A Lineup of Strange Characters

Chinese characters cannot be studied one by one!

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a visual representation of tone combinations

3. Cracking the Code

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don’t be discouraged! your brain is great at picking up repeating patterns!
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stroke order worksheet for the character for “love” (simplified form)

4. Mastering the language

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Editor of No Crime in Rhymin' and Language Lab | the Woke Bloke ..."come for the sarcasm, stay for my soft side"

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