Pronunciation Challenge Accepted! Initial Views on WaiChinese

Pronunciation Challenge Accepted! Initial Views on WaiChinese
​ Yesterday I signed up to the Hacking Chinese Pronunciation challenge that runs from the 10th to the 28th of February. I decided it was a good idea to get some extra work done on the way I sound before I take the leap into sea of native Mandarin speakers. I’ve never neglected pronunciation but I haven’t focused on it properly since way back when I first started learning Chinese. WaiChinese The challenge suggest WaiChinese as a good tool to ...

Thoughts on New Practical Chinese Reader, Plus Hear Me Practice Reading!

Thoughts on New Practical Chinese Reader, Plus Hear Me Practice Reading!
In this post I’m going to share my opinion on New Practical Chinese Reader, and why after only 3 lessons I’m recommending it to anyone learning Chinese! My very little review here is only based on level 2 of the series, so therefore if you’re thinking about buying NPCR 1 or you’re at a more advanced level and ready for volume 3 and above then obviously not all this is relevant for you. At the end listen to me butcher ...

My Thoughts on Pimsleur Mandarin

My Thoughts on Pimsleur Mandarin
I completed all 3 levels of Pimsleur a few months ago, and have occasionally revisited lessons at random since then. I thought I would share my opinion on the course while it’s still fairly fresh in my mind. I know Pimsleur has a lot of advocates and a fair share of critics. I lean more towards the first camp of people, I think it provides a great foundation to be built upon, but it certainly doesn’t do what it advertises ...