Proficiency in a foreign language is quickly lost if the language is not often used. Drawing on my experiences of learning Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Thai, I suggest ways to maintain language skills.
Have you ever wondered what the most popular Chinese surnames are? This hub lists the ten most common Chinese family names and cites examples of well-known Chinese having these surnames.
Learning Chinese at DLI in Monterey, California, did much to stimulate my interest in learning foreign languages for conversational fluency. It also led to a career with the Chinese language.
Imagine learning the four tones, how to read Pinyin, how to read and write Traditional Chinese characters, and how to speak thousands of common everyday Chinese sentences, all in a mere 6 months.
Learning a language in a foreign country is the best and fastest way to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Learning Chinese Mandarin in Taiwan greatly improved my proficiency.
Four years ago I had the most wonderful opportunity to go to China and work in a digital marketing company in Beijing. It was a brief five month stint, but I grew a strong liking for Chinese food, culture and the intricacies of their language. When...
The Taiwanese language is rich in words borrowed from Japanese and other languages. This hub lists common Taiwanese words borrowed from the Japanese who ruled Taiwan from 1895 until 1945.
One of my passions in life has been learning foreign languages. Starting with Latin in high school, I have learned eight languages. Read about the languages I have learned and benefitted from.
China is as linguistically diverse as Europe. There are various languages and dialects spoken everywhere. This hub suggests the five best Chinese dialects to learn for the serious traveler to China.
Guide to learning and remembering important Chinese characters a visitor to China should learn to make a trip to China safer and more enjoyable. Includes warning characters,days/months/year and sizes.