Chinese poems are a great for improving your Chinese language skills. Chinese poetry is melodic and does a fantastic job emphasizing the tones. So if you need help with your pronunciation or flow, poetry is the perfect way to assist you in these language learning goals (just remember, read out loud!). And luckily for you, Chinese has an outstanding collection of poetry ranging from the traditional to the modern age. Here are 5 Chinese poems designed to boost your Chinese language skills whether you’re a beginner or advanced learner.
I usually get students asking me how to speak like an English native. Here’s what I suggest to them (and what I suggest to you as well). Think of all the hours you spend on YouTube each and every day doing “useless” stuff such as watching music videos, getting cooking recipes you never even use or following vlogs that couldn’t be further apart from your lifestyle. Now, what if you switched all of that time for learning new things… on YouTube?
Okay, I admit it — now it sounds like an impossible idea. …
In today’s globalized world, the interconnection between countries is getting narrower every day and the ability to establish relationships with people from different places is an extremely useful skill.
Language isn’t only a means of communication but also contains a significant imprint of our culture and determines our way of thinking and relating to one another.
In this article, I want to use examples to demonstrate how learning the basics of the Mandarin language is a starting point for understanding China’s way of thinking and ancient culture.
Chinese phonetics is relatively simple compared to other languages. That means that despite being a tonal language, the number of possible sounds is very small. This doesn’t mean that Chinese phonetics is easy but rather quite the contrary, as many sounds are very similar to one another. …
The big question most people who start learning French is usually, “How long does it take to learn French?”
I was lucky enough to have been born in a part of Canada which is known as a bi-lingual community. Pretty much anywhere you go around here, you’ll find people who speak both English and French, or a combination of both, known as “Frenglish”.
But even though I’ve attended French schools my whole life, I usually speak English, which means that my French skills tend to get a bit rusty every now and then.
That’s why I find it extremely important study from time to time to sharpen my skills and keep my French speaking abilities alive. …
Who doesn’t love a podcast? I find them to be a great for most activities (especially cleaning!), while allowing me to keep up to date, discover new things, and most of all keeping my language skills in on point by listening to meaningful content! As an Italian native speaker, podcasts still help me a lot to widen my English vocabulary and strengthen my pronunciation. So why not do the same for your Italian learning journey? Let’s take a look at 6 Italian podcasts for you daily practice.
So you finally mastered numbers in Japanese. Great! Now you can count as easy as ichi-ni-san! But not so fast… now how do you plan on putting that new skill to use? If you thought “to count objects and express amounts more fluently,” you’ve got another thing coming. Japanese counters aren’t so straightforward.
That’s right. Unlike the English language, Japanese requires a little more work than simply plastering a number in front of an item’s name. Just like conjugations, items have their own specific counting words depending on what kind of item they are.
Sounds confusing? Don’t worry! It won’t be for long. Believe it or not, we have counters in the English language too! It’s the same concept as saying “one glass of water” (not, “one water”), or “a pair of pants” (and not, “a pant”). However in Japanese, this applies to EVERYTHING. …
With all the reputation about Polish being one of the most difficult languages to learn, there luckily comes a piece of good news: The Polish alphabet is not entirely different from the English one.
If you are ready to get familiar with a few singularities and to master them in no time, you are on the right track to start your adventure with one of the fastest growing languages in Europe (it’s also the second most spoken language in England).
Watching TV shows in a second language has been known for being an efficient and fun way of practicing listening skills in practical settings. You can see how the vocabulary and grammar from textbooks are incorporated in casual conversations, and also learn about the cultural context of the language as well. Korean is no different and recently, Korean dramas have taken North America by storm. Their popularity has sparked an interest among language learners. So for this post, I’d like to show you some of the best Korean dramas you can watch to help improve your Korean skill.
In Spanish we can find different slang vocabulary which are fun to learn and in some ways can make your language ability sound more natural to the native listener. In today’s post, I’ll go over some of the common Spanish slang vocabulary you’re likely to come across if you ever decide to visit some of the South American Spanish-speaking countries.
Learning Chinese is a journey spring-loaded with many twists and turns. There’s pinyin, hanzi, radicals and so much more behind this wonder of a language. However, one highlight I am going to introduce to you today is the concept of Chinese idioms. Idioms are tasteful expressions, that are used to convey a literal message figuratively, and they can be quite the head turner when used correctly.
In Chinese, many of the idioms are arranged in sequences of 4 hanzi characters. This structure allows for Chinese idioms to deliver a powerful impact while staying concise. …