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Hanzi Grids Review

Hanzi Grids Review

Summary: Hanzi Grids is a web based program designed to help students of Chinese practice writing Chinese characters. App content: Printable Character Practice Sheets Quick Rating Ease of Use             100%                           Fun Factor                100% (if you enjoy writing characters that is) Value for Money   100%                           Overall                       100% Available on: Web (this is not an app, but browser based) Cost: The free…read more →

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 →

Chinese Tongue Twisters 绕口令(rào kǒu lìng)

Chinese Tongue Twisters 绕口令(rào kǒu lìng)

Where to search for Chinese Tongue Twisters One of the best ways to practice your Chinese pronunciation is to learn some Chinese tongue twisters. Not only will it help you to pronounce individual words, it will also help with comprehension, increase your vocabulary and most importantly, help you to perfect those Chinese tones! If you search on the web there…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 →