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Tips, tools, and resources to help you learn Chinese, as written by a linguist, translator, and heritage speaker of Chinese.

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Introduction to hanzi construction

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  November 29, 2020  •  Comments Off on Introduction to hanzi construction

If you haven’t gone through formal education in Chinese, you may not know how the characters are constructed. You may find yourself frustrated trying to memorize individual characters. You might be wondering if there’s a more efficient way to learn characters. Good news! There’s a pattern to their construction—in fact, most Chinese characters fall under […]

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Chinese for Heritage Speakers

By S. Qiouyi Lu  •  May 7, 2020  •  Comments Off on Chinese for Heritage Speakers
Lanterns & clouds

I am a heritage speaker of Chinese. I define “heritage speakers” as people who have grown up hearing, and sometimes speaking, a language at home that is not the dominant language of work, school, and other social spheres. My experience growing up as part of the sino diaspora is not unique. My family often spoke […]

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