En Route to Fluency

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ClozeCards is something I really wish I had in the early days of my studies, rather than huge vocabulary lists and fairly disjointed example sentences. There’s a huge benefit from learning new vocabulary this way, and I like the way that… Continue Reading →

Character Pop

Character Pop is a fun and beautifully designed online tool that lets you explore Chinese Characters by breaking them down into meaningful components. You can also submit and read character stories by users of the site. Each entry also contains… Continue Reading →


Anki is pretty much the go-to SRS (Spaced Repetition Software) for language students, and is available on all major platforms including desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux, see download details here), iOS and Android. There’s plenty of decks available online and… Continue Reading →


Below are some useful resources I’ve come across to help along the journey to fluency that I hope will be useful for you too 🙂

Idiom: Take things as they come

I came across this idiom the other day and liked it so much that I wanted to share it: 既來之,則安之 [ 既来之,则安之] ( jì lái zhī , zé ān zhī ) take things as they come; there’s nothing that can be… Continue Reading →

In Paper versus Electric Dictionaries, Electric Wins

It was quite a while ago now I ran a little poll asking if people preferred using Paper Dictionaries, Electronic Dictionaries, or both. Well, turns out the results were pretty much unanimously in favor of Electronic Dictionaries! With their convenience, portability, and… Continue Reading →

On Tone Colors

While looking for discussions on tone colors, I came across this blog post the other day, “Color temperature of Mandarin tones“. I am by no means a designer, but I found it to be a really interesting analysis of a… Continue Reading →

Sticktionary – A New Take on a Classic Learning Method

A buddy of mine contacted me not too long ago about a new project he was working on called Sticktionary. It piqued my interest immediately, since one of the methods I used back when I first started learning Chinese was… Continue Reading →

ClozeCards: New Stories, Flashcards and Motivation

I just heard from David, the creator of ClozeCards.com (which you may remember from a previous post). He recently shared the information below with me, and I thought it would be really great to let everyone else know about these… Continue Reading →

A Delivery of Tea

It’s Christmas in January for me when a box full of tea comes in the mail! Seriously. Getting tea in the mail is probably the most amazing experience next to picking up books from 博客來 at 7-11. I had heard of… Continue Reading →

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