My ICLP Final Presentations

The following presentations were given at the end of the level 4 and 5 courses at the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University. Final presentations are required assignments to prove successful study of the grammar points and vocabularly studied during the semester. Every level is required to give a final presentation. The trickyContinue reading “My ICLP Final Presentations”

The Top 100 Chinese Surnames in China and Taiwan

Unlike European languages, it can be difficult in Chinese to know when a character is representing its actual meaning, or if it is simply part of someone’s name. This can be particularly annoying for the learner because Chinese has no uppercase or spaces between characters. For this reason, names are an important type of vocabularyContinue reading “The Top 100 Chinese Surnames in China and Taiwan”

My Advice for Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be a very important step in one’s language learning journey. The benefits of being in a native environment are invaluable, but the cost of going abroad can be quite steep. Based on my own experience, I’ve come to a conclusion about when to study abroad, and for how long. Should you goContinue reading “My Advice for Study Abroad”

Ever Wondered Why Learning Chinese Is so Hard?

The difficulty of learning Chinese is twofold, but has nothing to do with any aspect of Chinese writing, speaking, listening, or reading. Furthermore, the two reasons why Chinese is hard have nothing to do with the intellect, or discipline of the learner. So why is Chinese hard? The two reasons are: Chinese language education isContinue reading “Ever Wondered Why Learning Chinese Is so Hard?”

Should You Learn Traditional or Simplified Characters?

Simplified or traditional? This is a choice that can appear almost identity defining for Chinese learners. There are a couple reasons why someone might consider studying traditional characters instead of simplified and I will certainly list them in this article. However, I believe for almost all learners it is best to start with simplified characters,Continue reading “Should You Learn Traditional or Simplified Characters?”

Rock Climbing Terms in Chinese

My sources for this list come from Chinese language forums, blogs, and videos. Terms without any Chinese are probably ones where you would only use the English but I’m interested to see if anybody has Chinese equivalents for those ones that are blank. As you can see, there can be differences between the mainland termContinue reading “Rock Climbing Terms in Chinese”