January 31, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year! Everyone is Celebrating.

{Source: Picture from Oodles of Noodles for Chinese New Year, The Today Show} Happy Lunar New Year to you! January 31 marks the start of this week long celebration, and it seems like everyone is ready to celebrate. Here in the US, lots of media are covering the start of the Year of the Horse, sharing […]

January 17, 2014

Reader Question: What’s the Best Method for Learning Chinese?

One Chinaful reader recently asked me:  What language tools have you used to learn Chinese?  What did you like and dislike about each? When you first start to learn Chinese, it’s a lot to wrap your mind around. The tones, the characters, the syllables – it can be overwhelming. Identifying how you learn best is […]

May 06, 2013

The Chinaphiles: Interview with Jessica Beinecke, Creator of OMG! Meiyu

 Jessica Beinecke, Creator of OMG! Meiyu Ever wonder how American slang translates into different languages? Well, you’re about to find out! This month’s Chinaphiles interview is  Jessica Beinecke (白洁), the creator, writer, host and producer of Voice of America’s viral daily web show “OMG! Meiyu.” In each episode, Beinecke uses Mandarin to teach American slang and culture to her […]

November 06, 2012

Guest Post: Five Things to Know Before Learning to Speak Chinese

If you’re a Chinaful reader, you’ve likely at least thought about learning Chinese before, or perhaps already tried it. After studying Chinese for the first time in college, and re-starting my studies both in China and in Los Angeles, I am an expert at learning Chinese – I’ve done it all. So learn from my mistakes. […]

October 10, 2012

Chinese Pronunciation Basics II (Vowels)

{Yuan floating in a wishing well, a temple in Inner Mongolia} Following up on my earlier post on the basics of Chinese consonant pronunciation, this time I want to tackle vowels.  While the consonants like “x”, “c”, and “q” are the most botched by non-Chinese speakers, combination vowels can be tricky as well. Ai – […]