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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 words on Ninchanese when the number is too high

When you want to learn Chinese, you need to go for it and work on it every day. Everyone will tell you that. It’s true for every language you are learning. Regularity is the key. As is reviewing words you’ve just learned, so they go from your short-term to your long-term memory. We know, however, that it’s not always easy to stay focused and to review daily. It’s even more complicated when you’re a beginner to intermediate learner since you can’t enjoy Chinese content from TV (for example) passively yet. So, you may skip one or two days. That’s alright! But what happens when you skip learning for weeks? Or even a month? Your words to review start to pile up. Is there any way to start learning Chinese again? To handle your word reviews? The short answer is YES.

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NinchaneseHow to review 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!
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14 meowsome websites about China and the Chinese language

We have selected some of the best tools and websites about Chinese culture and language we use every day or visit regularly. These are just a few that we particularly appreciate, the real gems you can use to learn Chinese online or to explore China from the comfort of your home.

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Ninchanese14 meowsome websites about China and the Chinese language
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The super hidden (and insanely useful) tone trick no one tells you about

An easy way to memorize and pronounce tones! The first time you hear a Chinese speaking a sentence, were you like “wow, I understand nothing and why do they sound like they’re going on a rollercoaster”?  No wonder, you’re hearing tones for the first time! They may seem daunting, but I have a secret to tell you. There’s a super easy tone trick to know: you’re actually already using tones in English, so all you need to do is apply that knowledge to your Chinese! Read on so I can explain more.

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NinchaneseThe super hidden (and insanely useful) tone trick no one tells you about
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Simplified or Traditional Chinese: which should you learn?

A very common question beginners in Chinese have is: should I learn Simplified or Traditional Chinese? To get to the bottom of that, you need to know: what’s the difference between the two? Why are there two forms? Which should you pick?

So, let’s see the difference between Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters. And, let’s find out which Chinese character form is for you!

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NinchaneseSimplified or Traditional Chinese: which should you learn?