WooChinese Does Q&A

My friend John Biesnecker has been working hard on a new site called WooChinese. He’s been covering a lot of topics related to learning Chinese, and has been specifically addressing some of the big questions that absolute beginners to the language typically have. Here are some samples from the “Questions Newbies Ask” series:


QNA #1: Do I really need to learn to read Chinese?

QNA #2: Do tones really matter?

QNA #3: Should I learn traditional Chinese or simplified Chinese characters?

QNA #4: Do I need to learn to write Chinese characters?

Last week he asked me for some help on the question, “what is the best textbook?” Honestly, that’s a really hard question and it is affected by so many factors, so the default answer is the always-annoying, “it depends.” This is the kind of thing I tackle in a very personalized way through AllSet Learning.

Still, it’s nice to have a relatively straightforward answer (even in imperfect starting point is better than a never-ending search for perfection), so I gave my answer here:

QNA #9: What’s the best textbook for learning Chinese?

Be sure to check out WooChinese. Lots of good stuff over there.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Wonder how long this one will last compared to his others.

  2. Neat site — thanks for the link. A lot of sensible stuff on there.

  3. gregorylent Says: December 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    that woochinese link leads to “Oops! Google Chrome could not find woochinese.com” with vpn

  4. gregorylent Says: December 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    hours later, none of these links to woochinese will open ..

  5. @gregorylent: The site has been down for months.

  6. Thank you for the information! We’re always looking for good content about learning chinese! Gracias por la información. Siempre buscamos información fresca para ayudar a nuestros alumnos a aprender chino.

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