If you are looking for a place in China where you can combine your hunger for culture and tradition with satisfying a yearning to explore your spirituality, Henan (河南) is the place for you! Henan is a fascinating province where old customs and habits meet progress and modernity. Known as “the cradle of Chinese civilization”, the region is a gold mine for those who are interested in Chinese Buddhism, both from philosophical and aesthetic perspectives. Luoyang’s Buddhist Treasures [...]
Planning a trip to China? Have you considered making the magnificent 北京 (Běijīng) one of your stops? Read on to find out how to make the most of just 3 days in this great city! Day One: The Great Wall As Chairman Mao once said, “不到长城非好汉” (búdào chángchéng fēi hǎohàn You cannot be a great man without having been to the great wall). If he were here today, I am sure he would have chosen a more [...]
If you are keen about learning Chinese, then you can incorporate reading into your learning at any level! In this article, I will take you through the best books for each level of your Chinese learning and suggest some approaches you can take with them. Beginner Take a trip down memory lane and get stuck into some of your childhood favourites in Chinese. A friend of mine with beginner Chinese got his hands on a copy [...]
Have you ever wished you were a 师傅 (Shīfù, master) of Chinese characters? Have you dreamed of becoming a superhero with the ability to read and recognize every 汉子 (hànzì, Chinese character) in existence? Although we cannot provide you with superpowers yet (working on it…!), we have some recommendations which will help you guess the sounds and meanings of characters you have never seen before! What’s Behind a Character? The 4 Main Types The first step is [...]
Writing Chinese characters, or 汉字 (hànzì), is a valuable asset to your Chinese language learning. Many people think that in the age of computers when Chinese characters can be typed using Pinyin there is no need to learn how to write. Read on to find out why this is not the case! The Top 3 Benefits of Learning to Write Chinese Characters 1. Writing By Hand Makes You Remember Researchers at Princeton University and UCLA found that knowledge [...]
In this article, I am going to explain to you why watching Chinese films can play a big part in Chinese learning no matter what your level! You may find that difficult to believe. You may have thought watching Chinese films would only benefit the advanced learner. Read on to find out the three major benefits it brings to your Chinese studies... What's more, at the end we provide you with a list of great Chinese language films! [...]
Here are some samples taken from our Summer Fluency Mandarin Course. This was our first ever Fluency course designed by our dedicated team of Mandarin learning content creators. We are very glad to have witnessed such a success and gained 5 star positive feedback from our students.
This video is about Andy's study experience at Practical Mandarin. Student Story featuring Andy Ballantyne, student in Intermediate Class. Andy will show you what it is like coming to Practical Mandarin for his 2-hr Mandarin lesson on every Wednesday and share his learning experience with you.