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Chinese Pronunciation

Chinese Pronunciation

Pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese: Setting the Record Straight is a response to the glut of bad information on the harder points of the pronunciation of Mandarin.

Chinese Grammar Hurdles

Chinese Grammar Hurdles

Chinese grammar poses learners with special challenges at each level. Learn what to expect here.

Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills

Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills

Exercises developed by John Pasden specifically designed to target problems with the pronunciation of tone combinations.

Online Resources for Learning Chinese

Online Resources for Learning Chinese

A convenient list of links for various resources for learning Chinese.

The Process of Learning Tones

The Process of Learning Tones

If you've decided to learn to speak Chinese and you're anything like me, this is what you can expect.

The 5 Stages to Learning Chinese

The 5 Stages to Learning Chinese

I have been aniticipating a future in applied linguistics for some time, so I have been very cognizant of the learning processes of myself and others. Here is where I recount them.

Chinese Textbook Reviews

Chinese Textbook Reviews

Recommendations on books for learning Chinese based on personal experience. These reviews are especially useful for those in China, as many of the books reviewed were bought here.

An Insider’s Look at ChinesePod

An Insider’s Look at ChinesePod

Tips and insight on the famous free service from John, the key academic director at ChinesePod since 2006.

Chinese Vocabulary Lists

Chinese Vocabulary Lists

A collection of vocabulary lists you won't find in most textbooks. For example, instead of country names in Chinese, you will find Western alcohol names in Chinese.

Shanghainese Soundboard

Shanghainese Soundboard

Although it's far from a complete course in Shanghai's dialect, this soundboard should give you some idea of the sound of Shanghainese, with Mandarin for comparison.

The Moon Represents My Heart

The Moon Represents My Heart

It would behoove any student of Chinese to learn this classic Chinese song. (In Chinese characters, pinyin, and English.)

Master’s Thesis on Tonal Pairs

Master’s Thesis on Tonal Pairs

Full title: "A Study of Error in Foreigners’ Chinese Disyllabic Tonal Pairs: A Production-Focused Keyword-Based Experimental Model."

Teaching in China: A Guide for the Uninitiated

Teaching in China: A Guide for the Uninitiated

Thinking of financing your time in China by teaching English? You certainly wouldn't be the first. Get some tips here on how to be a better English teacher in China.

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