Four years ago I had the most wonderful opportunity to go to China and work in a digital marketing company in Beijing. It was a brief five month stint, but I grew a strong liking for Chinese food, culture and the intricacies of their language. When I got back to the states, I hastily sought out Chinese classes far and wide, finally settling for one on the lower west side of Manhattan. Classes are about twice a week, 2 hour lessons.
Three years later…..
I sit here in a dark room, sobbing over my review books and dictionaries. But don’t fret. These are tears of joy. After three frustrating and mind-numbing years of study…no breaks or vacations except for the obvious Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Oktoberfest…I think I’ve finally got a hold on this whole Mandarin thing.
As a testament to this (sort of) accomplishment, I want to recount some of the trials and tribulations I’ve gone through in leaning this language. In the end, I hope this helps someone avoid pitfalls and time-wasters that I have come across in my own journey. Continue reading
There are more than 1.2 billion Chinese language speakers worldwide. Chinese businesses are expanding, they are going global and you very often deal with Chinese speaking people, be it a construction site or a corporate office of an MNC. Because of this, you may have your reasons for wanting to know this language, be it personal or occupational.
Maybe you just want to learn it just in case you need it in future for your personal and professional growth, or maybe you have a long trip planned to China.
Regardless of your motives, there are some very popular online and mobile resources you can use to make your journey to learn Chinese easier for professional or personal reasons. Let’s review the best tools. Continue reading