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Mandarin has a bad reputation for being very difficult to learn, but it isn’t that hard, especially not with the right teachers and studying habit. In these articles we cover the later parts.
Since 1992, HSK (汉语水平考试 Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test) is the official standardized test for Mandarin — and it’s about to get its second big overhaul. The first revamp of HSK: From 1992, HSK had 11 levels. The levels were then simplified in 2010 and some contents removed, such as scientific […]
At GoEast Mandarin, most of our Chinese classes are taught at the official system for Mandarin: HSK (汉语水平考试 Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test. For offline we often use the HSK books, and our own online courses are loosely based on the HSK system, and equally prepare you for the HSK tests. […]
A common question about the ‘Chinese alphabet’ we get from students is: “I heard Chinese is a box-like ‘character language’, does it have an alphabet?” And yes, opposite to the English language, the Chinese language is an ideographic language. However, Chinese people have always been working on different methods to show how the characters are […]
Correct pronunciation is one of the hardest parts of the Chinese language. There are not just the tones, but some of these sounds you need to pronounce are absent in many Western languages, so you’ll have to train your mouth and tongue on how to speak them. How to pronounce the Chinese tones Here are […]
Hello new Mandarin learner! Welcome to the first lesson in Chinese language learning. Chinese language is often seen as one of the most difficult languages to speak, but to learn Chinese may be less difficult than you think it is. What? I already know how to speak these Chinese words!? Can you guess the meaning […]
“I want to learn the Chinese language and be fluent in a year, do you think it’s possible?” It’s a hopeful question that we often get from beginning Mandarin students. And because the last thing we want to do is dampen someone’s enthusiasm, we say yes, of course, it’s possible to reach fluency in the […]
At GoEast, we know people learn differently, so we choose the right style fits you. Obviously, there’s no right or wrong! To learn Mandarin is a fantastic thing, whichever way you learn. For amusement’s sake, here are four types of learners we often see. Which one fits you best? The traveler: Language is meant to […]
Movies & series, especially those about modern daily life, are great Mandarin learning materials since plain language is used. Plus they’ll also show you a more realistic picture of Chinese culture than you’d find in textbooks. If you have (or don’t have) a Netflix account, you can earn gift cards by referring friends to GoEast: Get your friends to […]