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Experience from the mother of a 13-year old at LTL

Experience from the mother of a 13-year old at LTL

My 13-year old daughter and I both signed up for classes with LTL, and we had an incredible experience.  She did a homestay, and it was a fantastic experience for her.  Not only was it the first time she had stayed with a family that she didn’t know, but also had to speak Chinese!  They did speak a little English,…read more →

Elaine's parents testimonial

Elaine’s parents testimonial

Last year, our daughter studied at LTL’s Beijing program during her 2 week Spring Break. We loved the program and the results – not only did her Mandarin improve as shown in an improved grade at school after her return, but also in the test score she received on the HSK Level 3, which she took last May. Looking to…read more →

Learning Shanghainese Part 5

Learning Shanghainese Part 5

Hi there! Long time no see! Sorry I haven’t been updating my Shanghainese study progress recently much. The truth is, I went back home to Israel for a quick visit during September, and due to some other issues as well, had to change my schedule a bit with my classes. Now, we take them during the daytime on Tuesdays instead…read more →

Chinese Easter Vocabulary… cards!

Chinese Easter Vocabulary… cards!

Chinese Easter Vocabulary Easter is just around the corner and this year, inspired by the success of our Building Blocks, we decided to give you a special surprise: a Chinese Easter 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!  How do we say EASTER in…read more →

Learn Chinese Through Songs: Xiao Pingguo

Learn Chinese Through Songs: Xiao Pingguo

Today we are going to learn some Chinese with a song called “Little Apple” by the Chopsticks Brothers. 小苹果 xiǎo píngguǒr Little Apple   Verse: 我种下一颗种子 终于长出了果实 wǒ zhǒngxià yīkē zhǒngzi, zhōngyú zhǎngchū le guǒshí I planted a seed that finally bore fruit 今天是个伟大日子 jīntiān shì gè wěidà rìzi Today is a great day 摘下星星送给你 拽下月亮送给你 zhāixià xīngxīng sòng gěi…read more →

The Chairman's Bao Review

The Chairman’s Bao Review

Summary: A simplified Chinese news site, specifically aimed at Mandarin learners   Content: A large variety of different news articles about China, updated regularly, filterable by HSK level. Quick rating: Ease of use: 8/10 Fun factor: 9/10 Value for Money: 8/10 Overall: 8.5/10 Availability: The Chairman’s Bao is accessible via it’s website http://www.thechairmansbao.com/ and also via it’s app which is available on the…read more →

Tomb Sweeping Festival - Qīngmíng jié

Tomb Sweeping Festival – Qīngmíng jié

Tomb Sweeping Festival Qīngmíng jié:  Qīngmíng jié Every year on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, Chinese people celebrate 清明节 (Qīngmíng jié) “Tomb Sweeping Festival”, a day in which Chinese people pay respect to their ancestors. Even though the festival has more than 2,500 years of history, it only became an official public holiday in China in the year 2008. In…read more →

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 →