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New HSK Levels 2021: No need to panic! What to expect

It’s everywhere suddenly in your Chinese learning sphere online. The Chinese Proficiency tests are changing? There’s going to be a new HSK exam instead? And it’s going to become massive and impossible to do? Feeling on the verge of a panic attack like never before? Take a deep breath. The Nincha Team behind Ninchanese is here to help and set a few things straight. It turns out there’s no reason to panic… yet (and possibly, ever).

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NinchaneseNew HSK Levels 2021: No need to panic! What to expect
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Why learn Mandarin Chinese, the language of Confucius?

There are several compelling reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese that we’ll see in this article. And today, learning Chinese is accessible thanks to the Ninchanese app, where you’ll be able to learn characters and their tones in a few months and have a pretty decent Chinese level in only a year in listening, speaking, and writing. And even more, if you want to prepare for all the levels of HSK. So let’s see why learning Mandarin Chinese is advantageous.

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NinchaneseWhy learn Mandarin Chinese, the language of Confucius?
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Where are you from? Nationalities in Chinese

If you meet a Chinese person, there’s a good chance they’ll ask you, “where are you from”?  Do you know how to say your nationality in Mandarin Chinese? Are you curious to know how to talk about where you come from in Chinese? Read more to discover all the nationalities in Chinese and how you can answer this question!

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NinchaneseWhere are you from? Nationalities in Chinese
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Chinese components & Chinese radicals World: Up, close and personal with Chinese characters

Introducing a whole new world on Ninchanese: The Rad Way to Learn Chinese Characters! It’s chock-full of rad Chinese components to discover. What’s so rad about those? Easy: they’re your key to understanding Chinese characters a LOT better. Let’s dive in.

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NinchaneseChinese components & Chinese radicals World: Up, close and personal with Chinese characters
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Writing Chinese characters: The purpose

I think at one point everyone who starts learning Chinese asks themselves the same questions about writing Chinese:

  • Do I need to learn to write Chinese characters?
  • When is the best time to begin with them?
  • Where do you start?
  • How do you write Chinese characters? Are there any rules?

With this article, I want to share a bit of my experience in writing characters and maybe a helpful additional way of learning Chinese. To be clear, I’m not talking about the art of Chinese Calligraphy but just casual hand-writing. Handwritten Chinese with a pen a piece of paper.

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NinchaneseWriting Chinese characters: The purpose
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How to review your words on Ninchanese when the number is too high?

When you want to learn Chinese, you need to really go for it and work on it every day. Everyone will tell you that. It’s true for every language you are learning. I personally think it’s a long process anyway, and that’s not sustainable to maintain so much implication for a few months. Actually, it’s even more complicated when you’re a beginner to intermediate learners since you can’t enjoy Chinese content from TV (for example) passively. So, it will happen that you skip one or two days. That’s alright! What happens when you skip learning for weeks? Or even a month? Is there any way to start learning Chinese again? The short answer is YES.

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NinchaneseHow to review your words on Ninchanese when the number is too high?
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The top 30 Chinese celebrities to know!

Don’t you feel that, as westerners, you don’t know many Chinese celebrities? We had a conversation with Possopo. He’s been a learner for a good time on Ninchanese now and has an intermediate Chinese level. He came across Chinese names he did not know before on Ninchanese. We started to have a conversation about this topic and so Possopo decided to explore more that cultural aspect. He made a great list of Chinese persons to know with very clever and funny explanations about them. I’ll let you read his blog article and discover his Chinese celebrities list at the end of the article.

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NinchaneseThe top 30 Chinese celebrities to know!