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The Chinese Family Tree, Explained

China is one of the most family-centric societies on earth. This belief in the importance of family is clearly reflected in the…

What is Putonghua?

Putonghua, also called Standard Mandarin, is mainland China’s official language. As such, it’s also the version of Chinese that most international students…

What Languages are Spoken in China?

China is a vast country with a long, complicated history, and this complexity is reflected in the stunning level of linguistic diversity…

What is the Chinese currency called?

China has the world’s second largest economy and Chinese money plays an increasingly important role in global financial transactions. That said, there's…

How Do I Say My Name in Chinese?

When traveling about in China, you’ll need to introduce yourself to those you meet along the way. The vast differences between Chinese…

How Do You Say “No” in Chinese?

If you’re new to Mandarin, chances are you want to learn some basic Chinese words and phrases. After “hello” and “my name…

How Do You Say “Yes” in Chinese?

Learning to say “yes” is usually one of the first things you learn when studying a new language. Unfortunately, you might be…

Chinese Vocabulary For Coronavirus

The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is now being felt around the world. The pandemic has taken over the news cycle,…

Top 5 Reasons to Learn Chinese

Considering learning Chinese? The benefits of language learning are well documented. Learning a new language can enhance your problem-solving skills, memory function,…

What is Pinyin?

Many students of Mandarin Chinese are surprised to learn that before delving into the mysteries of Chinese characters (汉字 hànzì), they must…

Is Chinese Hard to Learn?

The Chinese language is often considered one of the world's most difficult languages to learn, but this sentiment is a major oversimplification.…

Learn Basic Chinese Words

Are you considering visiting China or looking for ways to connect with Mandarin-speaking friends? Whatever your reasons for learning basic Chinese words…

Practice Your Chinese Skills

At the Chinese Language Institute we understand and hold a deep respect for the process of gaining fluency in Mandarin. Learning Chinese…

Top 25 Videos from Chinese Class 101

CLI has churned through hundreds of videos by ChineseClass101.com to compile this list of 25 videos covering must-know Mandarin vocabulary. We've extracted…

10 Useful Videos from Learn Chinese Now

Learn Chinese Now has been posting excellent Mandarin language learning videos to YouTube for over three years. We've compiled our 10 favorite…

The Four Drivers of Language Learning

To start this week’s post, let’s engage for a moment in a thought experiment. First, imagine losing all ability to communicate with…

How Not to Learn a Foreign Language

Remember those endless hours you spent agonizing over Spanish or French grammar in high school? Or all those late nights studying Chinese…