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Demystifying Chinese Tones: The Complete Guide To Chinese Pronunciation

chinese tonesChinese tones.

Probably not the easiest thing in the world to learn! 

I discovered the complexity of Chinese tones during my project to learn Cantonese. But like anything in the field of language learning…where there’s a will, there’s a way!

And there’s no-one better than Chris Parker from Fluent in Mandarin to guide you through. 

I’ve known Chris for some time, and was so impressed with his Chinese abilities, I even invited him to deliver a masterclass for Language Learning Foundations.

Today, he’s back, and he’s going to tell you everything you need to know about learning Chinese tones.

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Why Spanish Spelling Can Be Tricky…And How To Get It Right Every Time!

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People often say Spanish is an easy language to learn. But is it really as straightforward as all that? In this guest post, I invite the team at Okodia to examine the peculiarities of Spanish spelling. You’ll learn about some of the trickier rules that might trip you up, and how to get them right every time, […]

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Japanese Culture For Foreigners: 19 Insider Secrets You Need To Know

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You might think Japanese is a hard language to learn. But what about Japanese culture? Becoming “culturally fluent” in Japan can be both challenging and fascinating. Luckily, you’re in the right place! I’ve curated 19 of the most curious, unique, and downright helpful insights into Japanese customs and etiquette from around the web, so you’re guaranteed to […]

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Writing Productivity Hacks: 18 Lessons Learnt From 167 Blog Posts In 24 Months

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In summer 2013, I started a blog. Two years later, my dashboard shows 167 published articles. That’s over 1 blog post per week. During this period, I’ve worked full-time, lived in three countries, published a book, and completed a master’s degree. So, how did I do it? How did I carve out the time to […]

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How To Learn Arabic Dialects – A Live Talk From Berlin

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If you’re interested in how to learn Arabic dialects, this is for you. I lived in Egypt from 2014-15, and during that time I had to figure out fundamental questions like: What is Arabic, and what are the dialects? Should I learn a dialect, or Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)? What are the best resources for learning […]

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How To Learn A Language Better, Faster & Cheaper Without Traveling Abroad

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It’s a myth. Most people believe the only way to learn a foreign language is to travel abroad. But they’re wrong. Here’s the truth: If you live in New York, London, Paris, or any other big city, you’re already firmly in one of the best language learning environments on the planet. You see, when I started […]

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5 Misconceptions In Language Learning

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Every day, I talk to people who have the wrong idea about language learning. Some of these misconceptions are so powerful, they actually prevent you learning your target language. In this post, Arkady Zilberman, a simultaneous translator and founder of Language Bridge, is going to look at some of these misconceptions.  Now, I don’t agree with everything Arkady says.  […]

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5 Ways To Break Your Facebook Addiction And Create More Time For Language Learning

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You have the best of intentions … You plan to study … But then Facebook happens.  45 minutes later, your textbook lies unopened on the table. You’ve done it again! But don’t worry – there’s still hope. Here are five quick ways to get your Facebook addiction under control, and create extra time and focus for language […]

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How To Read Effectively In A Foreign Language

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If you’re learning a foreign language, and you don’t read regularly… STOP! You should be. But do you know how to read effectively in another language, without getting overwhelmed by unknown vocabulary and complex grammar that doesn’t make sense? In this article you’ll learn how to use reading to quickly learn new words and boost your […]

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HelloTalk App Review – Connect With Native Speakers Around The World

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Have you been learning a new language for a while, and feel like it’s time to start practising and using it? If so, how do you do it? How do you find native speakers to connect with and talk to, even if you live in an isolated area? And when you do find people, how can […]

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How to Write in Chinese – A Beginner’s Guide

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You probably think learning how to write in Chinese is impossible. And I get it. I’m a native English speaker, and I know how complex Chinese characters seem. But you’re about to learn that it’s not impossible. I’ve teamed up with Kyle Balmer from Sensible Chinese to show you how you can learn the basic […]

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How to Use Vocabulary Lists to Instantly Improve Your Communication Skills

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If you’re my age or older, your foreign language homework at school probably looked like this: “Here’s a list of 10 French verbs. Learn them all for a test next Tuesday.” Many years later, you stumble across blogs like mine, and you’re told something different: “Learning lists of words is wrong…use xyz fancy method instead!” […]

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16 language learning problems I struggle with every day

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As a language blogger and podcaster, people often assume I have all the answers. But nothing could be further from the truth! I struggle with a whole host of language learning problems on a daily basis that I wish I could get better at. Here are some of them.

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12 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Language Teacher Online

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Do you wish you had more opportunities to speak in the language you’re leaning? What would it mean for your fluency if you could simply speak more often? Well, whatever language you’re learning and wherever you live, it might surprise you to know that there is a small army of native speakers out there literally […]

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8 study hacks you can use when you’re too busy to learn a language

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Are you too busy to learn a language? Do you always find it hard to make time to study? Me too. In this video I’m going to lift the lid on a typical day, and let you look over my shoulder as I study languages in all kinds of different places over the course of […]

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