Tag Archives: Mandarin

8 Chinese Idioms to Impress Native Speakers

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Every language has its own quirky sayings and expressions, but Mandarin has its own system of traditional idioms. They’re called chengyu and usually consist of four characters, which is why they’re often called four-character idioms. These chengyu aren’t the only idioms in Chinese, and while most come from ancient literature, they’re still common today. Although(…)


Which languages are the hardest to learn?

Last month I posted about some great language infographics. Now I have another to share. People often say that one language is harder to learn than another. Currently I tell people that Spanish is hard because in class we are learning verb conjugations! I tend to think a tonal language such as Mandarin would be(…)


Speaking in Tongues

I was alerted to this film over at the Omniglot blog, and it looks really interesting. Speaking in Tongues follows four children as they attend immersion school in San Francisco. The children are native English speakers but learn to communicate in Mandarin and Spanish, two of the most spoken languages in the world. There’s a(…)


Giving indigenous languages a try

Students at some universities are foregoing traditional languages in favour of learning indigenous languages, according to the LA Times. Rather than taking French, Spanish or Mandarin, the students are learning indigenous Latin American languages such as Zapotec, Quechua and Mixtec. Their reasons for taking the classes are varied – some want to work with the(…)