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Chinese Learning Tips

Hanzi for HSK 1-3

Hanzi for HSK 1-3

For most students, the biggest obstacle when trying to pass the HSK exam are the Chinese characters. While you do not have to write any characters for HSK 1 and 2, you do have to do so for HSK 3 onwards and you need to be able to read Chinese characters for all levels. The problem is that most Chinese…read more →

Should I learn Chinese Characters?

Should I learn Chinese Characters?

While Chinese characters are an important part of Chinese culture and language, many people who study Mandarin are only interested to be able to speak Mandarin and not to read or write it. The  question many ask themselves then is  if they should invest the considerable time and effort necessary to learn Chinese characters or fully focus on what they…read more →

Understanding the HSK exam

Understanding the HSK exam

The HSK language exam can be slightly different compared to other language exams. In order to get prepared and have the most efficient revision time we sat down with our director of studies, Gloria Hao, certified HSK examiner and LTL’s Director of Study, to help us understand the structure of the test and prepare for it.   Marking   HSK…read more →

Learn fluent Chinese while working full time?

Learn fluent Chinese while working full time?

This is a guest blog from our student Fabian, detailing his experiences of working full time in a busy job, and learning Chinese on the side. For busy professionals we offer special flexible classes in Beijing and in Shanghai. I arrived in China in fall 2013 with the mission to set up the Chinese sales subsidiary of my German company…read more →

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary ... cards!

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary … cards!

Chinese Christmas Vocabulary Christmas is just around the corner and this year, inspired by the success of our Building Blocks, we decided to give you a special present: a Chinese Christmas Vocabulary made of all the most useful words that will help you to talk about your traditions with your Chinese friends. Let’s get started! If you want some advice,…read more →

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

I started learning Mandarin Chinese more than five years ago. I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me on the street, but of course they just kept talking. I thought I should probably start trying to learn some Chinese vocabulary, just to make my life easier in China. I was teaching in Dongguan, the biggest factory town in Guangdong province, Southern…read more →