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The License

What does it take to get a driver’s license in China? Like everything in China, there is a process. You do the process correctly, it is pretty smooth. You do not do the process correctly, you will have a difficult time getting things done. So the lesson for China: work the...
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Why You Should and Should Not Go University For Chinese

Choosing a language school is a difficult task. You want to be able to speak the language and speak it well. But not all schools are created equal – some produce much more fluent speakers than others. When you throw in Chinese to the mix, it becomes that much more difficult...
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What Makes Chinese Hard? Tones and Pronunciation

Not only does reading and writing present a challenge, but speaking also provides a unique challenge in Chinese. Once again, Chinese writing is not phonetic. By comparison, Spanish is a very phonetic language. There is some help in the form of pinyin – the phonetic alphabet...
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What Makes Chinese Hard?: Characters

There are three things that make learning Chinese difficult for the English speaker: Characters, pronunciation, and tones. It is why Chinese tops the list as the most difficult language for English speakers to learn. It’s not like Spanish where you can go from the English...
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