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Everyone is amazed when they hear that all diplomats are pretty fluent speakers of mandarin in 6 months time. The program that they used was developed around 1976 and I find it still to be the best that is available today. Madaringarden tell you that is not in the public domain it is available with the recordings and the text at the following web site.…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 30, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Learn to speak Chinese beginning with ear training

A young lady with an incredible education came to me to try to help her get a head start with her mandarin. Anna had studied violin for 4 years but she didn’t like it. Knowing Anna had musical knowledge I first started teaching her the tones in one key. If you can play a C scale later you can play the others. If you try all scales at the same time it is too difficult. We used that concept teaching the four tones. She got it immediately of course. The one area she had difficulty in was differe…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 25, 2015 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Studying Mandarin Chinese Makes You Smarter

When I began to study Mandarin Chinese it was difficult for me to memorized 8 words a day. After a couple months I was memorizing 25 words a day. I thought I was hot stuff for being able to do that. I arrived at the Mandaringarden language school only to find out my fellow students were memorizing 70 words a day! After understanding how the brain works, I too was able to memorize 70 words a day. They were all younger than I. I had took psychology lessons. One of the courses we had to take…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 23, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Language Chinese is Easy

Most of the Mandarin teachers don’t speak western languages fluently. Also traditional Mandarin was used as a means to keep down the people. When I first started studying language Chinese at Mandaringarden my goal was to communicate not to be a mandarin scholar. I was angry as instead of giving us the vocabulary to communicate we were given 10 different ways to say the same thing. To me that was a waste of time. At present I’m a very fluent mandarin speaker but due to my age finding it diffic…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 22, 2015 at 10:59am — No Comments

Learn the ways to remember Chinese new words

I arrived in Taiwan and found myself in a cute little hotel right beside the subway stop. In Main land China the subway is called the di tie but there was a name in Taiwan for the subway I had never heard before. It was called the jie yun. It just didn’t make sense to me to use this new word. Also when I lived in…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 16, 2015 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Learn Chinese Pinyin to use on your computer

The invention of pin yin which is the Romanization method used in Mainland China for Mandarin is a wonderful tool. It is just about the same pronounciation in Spanish except for a couple of letter. Learn Pinyin is the first step of learning Chinese.All Chinese use this system to enter the character in a computer. There are a couple sounds like the U with two dots over it is not in the English keyboard system. Also I’ve never found it written how to deal with that problem. Whenever you need to…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 15, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

The Value of Learning Write Chinese Characters

I only recently learned to read and write Chinese. I’m not as good as a native but now I have the tools to check my understanding and look up whatever I need on my iphone. Throuh learn Chinese at Mandaringarden in Shanghai that I realized if you can’t write it is not possible to use the dictionary. The importance of being able to write by hand is the following. I was quite proud that my reading was getting pretty good. Now that I learn wrote in Chinese instead of a two sentence e mail I got a…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 11, 2015 at 1:26pm — No Comments

The best place you learn Mandarin is in China

The Chinese idiom or cheng yu is always difficult for foreigners to know when to use them. If you want to use them skillfully, come to China Mandaringarden will be a good place to learn mandarin.There are thousands of Cheng yus. A chengyu is a four letter saying normally referring to a story. In English we have just as many but we don’t seem to make such an issue out of it. Gua Mu Xiang Kan is a very common cheng yu. It means to see things in a different light or to treat someone with increas…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 9, 2015 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Che Shui Ma Long

Che Shui Ma Long is a language Chinese saying describing heavy traffic. It is s Cheng yu that shows the age of language Chinese and how much traffic you will see. The Che Shui refers to a stream of traffic. The is similar to English where we might say a stream of people. The Ma Long is referring to horses that are like dragons switching their tails from side to side or maneuvering in Traffic. Remembering Cheng yus can be difficult but this one should be easy. Just imagine a river made up of h…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 7, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Why learn Chinese chengyus

A Chengyu is a four letter idiom normally referring to a story in Classical Chinese literature. It used to be that the more chengyu you knew meant that your education level was higher. At Mandaringarden I have been told that is one of the things that makes Chinese hard as you must know the literature to understand the Chengyu. So why learn Chinese chengyus? I personally don’t see any difference than our English expressions. Our expressions like, “…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 4, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Chinese learning is not only mandarin

Most of us in the West don’t know that we don’…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 3, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments

How to use the Chengyu to learn Chinese

I was looking for a good definition of the popular Cheng yu that is Sai weng shi ma on the Mandaringarden. On my quest for looking for the story about this Cheng yu I found that Sai weng shi ma can best be translated to a blessing in disguise. In Chinese these Cheng yu normally refer to a story from Chinese literature. The story behind this cheng yu is how something bad may actually be good. It is about and old man who lives on the border of a province. His horse disappeared. When the horse r…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 2, 2015 at 1:19pm — No Comments

A Chinese Banquet

Depending on what you are doing in China you may or may not be attending a formal banquet. If you do attend one be prepared for wonderful delights and be prepared not to eat too much of each dish. Having been in the diplomatic core I had to learn how to only taste each dish. The Formal dinners had 24…

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Added by Faye Xu on June 1, 2015 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Greetings in China

In Holland to greet someone you kiss them 3 times. In Spain you kiss two times. In Mexico you kiss one time. In China you don’…

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Added by Faye Xu on May 29, 2015 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Learn how to say a loaf of bread in Chinese

Chinese have lots of measure words just like we use the expression of a loaf of bread. They use many more of these measure words than we do. If you can’t remember or never knew a counter in the first place, you can always substitute the term Ge. That would be the equivalent to a or an. Examples would be yi liang Che. That would translate into a car. It would be understood if you said yi ge che but it is not the most correct way to say it. The counter in Chinese is liang. The counter for horse…

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Added by Faye Xu on May 28, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Music and study mandarin

Studying a language is identical to studying music. Part is getting your tongue wrapped around the new sounds, part is ear training and part is the study of the culture. Every day practice to say the sounds keeps your tongue in Shape. The ear training in music gets you to be sensitive to the sounds and the music in the language. I used to have a little telephone that was a piano. It had only 5 or six keys. Sometimes when I was trying to figure out what the tones were in study Mandarin I would…

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Added by Faye Xu on May 26, 2015 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Develop Your Facial Muscles and Memorize Whole Sentences to learn Chinese

To study a foreign language it is important to be very organized. Ideally one should get into an intensive program for a period of time. The method of studying a language is extremely important for being a fluent speaker. We had a young Spanish girl come here to Beijing from the Mandaringarden in Shanghai. Her mandarin was better than some of the other foreigners who have been living in China for over ten years. The young lady had never been to China before but her Chinese was at a much highe…

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Added by Faye Xu on May 22, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Using the Study of Mandarin Chinese to Visit China

Being a tourist is always very cold for me; the fun part of traveling is getting to know the people and places around the world on personal bases. If you have nothing to do it is pretty boring. To get to know China I used the excuse of studying mandarin. It was also a necessity for work. My project was to learn to read. That was how I linked up with Mandaringarden. I first studied in Li jiang. Lijiang is on the western border of China. It is half way back to Europe. There are more ethnic mino…

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Added by Faye Xu on May 21, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Chinese learning will expand your world

Logos Hall is Cantonese by birth but he grew up in Los Angeles. Logos was trained as a pianist graduating from the Manhattan College of music in New York. He made it his business to learn to speak Mandarin. I bumped into him at a trade Show in Shanghai where he was giving a lecture about riding vacations in Chile. Logos is a great example how to combine a life with his Chinese learning. He is now taking groups of Chinese around the world on riding vacations He is also teaching and performing …

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Added by Faye Xu on May 19, 2015 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Learn Chinese characters in fun

When I first learn Chinese we were taught not to learn how to write because it was too time consuming. They didn’t tell us that it was because we were being experimented on. Learning to write characters is identical to learning to read music. If you take away the abstract learning which is learning to…

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Added by Faye Xu on May 18, 2015 at 1:21pm — No Comments

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