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Every learner, who is not born into a tonal language, knows and dreads the difficulty of trying to learn a language that distinguishes meaning based on tone. The most famous examples of such languages are Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese languages (for example, Mandarin and Cantonese). Not surprisingly, they are all considered extremely difficult for English […]

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Zhe W, who teaches Mandarin, has some interesting techniques she uses in lessons to help her students learn. Today, she shares a few with us. ‘Tips from our teachers’ is a regular series we run on our blog where we ask our teachers to shares tips and advice on improving their language skills Label things […]

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Most of the time when somebody considers learning Cantonese, Vietnamese, Thai, or any of the other hundreds of languages that use tones, they will encounter a person discouraging them from learning it because it is obviously impossible to learn a tonal language. Tones are evidently considered so difficult to handle that of the five languages […]

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Mandarin Chinese definitely belongs among the most important emerging languages at the world stage. Its number of native speakers is by now nearing 1 billion people – one seventh of the entire planet. That, combined with China’s continued economic and political rise, have made Mandarin the language to learn for future generations. The only thing […]

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