5 Ways to Learn Chinese for FREE!!!!

I think that anyone who has found there way to my little corner of the web will agree that command of Chinese is a valuable, desirable skill to have. Though not particularly an easy one to obtain. Granted, it helps a lot when you know the right way to approach your studies, but don’t be fooled, you are still in for a lot of work if you want to really take your Chinese to the next level.

One of the best, if not the best ways to do this is to live abroad and completely immerse yourself in a Chinese speaking culture. There is no lack of language programs for foreigners living in Taipei, Taiwan for example. I myself attended one such school for a semester. You could also higher private tutors from amongst the locals to further your studies. These are both great ideas, but they aren’t cheap.

In today’s article, I’m going to offer you some alternatives: 5 free ways to learn Chinese. I think we can all “afford” free, right? So let’s take a look.

1. Live with a Chinese family:

If you decide to live abroad, one way to rapidly improve your Chinese(especially comprehension) is to live with a local family. I did this for around half a year or so when I was living in Taipei and focused on intensely on my Chinese studies at Shida University.I lived with an elderly couple that went by simply “A’gong” and “A’po”, Meaning grandfather and grandmother respectively in Taiwanese dialect. They must’ve been at least in their 70s, and they didn’t speak a lick of English. Needless to say, my Chinese improved immensely just chatting g with them…and boy did they love to talk! If you have the opportunity, I definitely recommend living in a household where Chinese is spoken exclusively, it will really help you speed-up your progress.

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Interview With a Chinese Learner!

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In today’s post, I interview the intelligent and talented Olle Linge. To find out more about Olle and his journey with Chinese, check out my latest article on my new website here!

It’s been a great journey here on LifeasaforeignerinTaiwan, but alas, it is time to move on and focus on my main site, EazyChinese.com. At this point, it seems a little silly running back and forth, to let you guys know when my new articles are up, so I just wanted to inform everyone that from now on, my new content will be exclusively posted on EazyChinese.com, so make sure that you join my mail-list so you’ll get a heads up whenever I’ve got something coming your way!

Thanks for all of your support, and I hope to see you guys over at my new e-home! until next time…

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Lesson 12: This is Mine!

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Hey everyone, just stopping by really quick to let everyone know that my latest Chinese lesson is up and running on my new website EazyChinese.com...So go check it out already! If you haven’t yet, remember to also signup for my mail-list so you can keep getting updated on the progress of my new project! Thanks for your support everyone, and I’ll see ya’ll soon!

A Special Surprise For My Loyal Readers!

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Hey guys! Today I am excited to tell you all about a project that I have been working very hard on(just one of several projects, actually!) and that is a more professional home for all of my writing on the internet. Go here and check out EazyChinese.com NOW! I will be updating this site regularly and am hard at work creating tons of new content, especially free Chinese learning resources, to make sure that there is no lack for good reading material. So go there now and make sure to sign up on my mail-list and get your FREE copy of my 7 day Chinese E-Course!!! Until next time, 再見!

Lesson 10: At the Post Office

Hey guys, long time no see! I apologize for taking such a long hiatus fom blogging, but life has been chaotic of late! My wife and I have relocated to the USA and have been working very hard to get re-established here, and so I have had little time or motivation to blog. But I know you all would be lost without me, so I’m back!
The format for my blog is now going to be a little different from the way it was before. From now on, since I am no longer in Taiwan, I will not be writing as many posts on exploring the island. I already have a fair amount of content on the subject, and I am always willing to answer any of your questions, but for now I am shifting my focus to Chinese. My posts will now be mainly Chinese lessons, with anecdotes of my time in Taiwan strewn in when appropriate. Please let me know what you think of this format, and as always, thank you for reading!
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So you’re in the post office, waiting in line to send a care package back home. The guy in front of you is playing on his iPhone, and the guy behind you is stamping his feet, looking at his watch and visibly annoyed. He’s obviously in a hurry and doesn’t want to end up being held up by the foreigner taking forever to get walked through the process by the friendly, though somewhat lingually challenged clerk…or are you? Let’s show that guy that he picked the wrong laowai!
 
Ten essential phrases:
1. Letter 一封信 yīfēngxìn
2. Stamp 郵票 yóupiào
3. Package 包裹 bāoguǒ
4. Express delivery 快遞 kuàidì
5. Registered 掛號 guàhào
6. Standard shipping 平信 píngxìn
7. mailbox 信箱 xìnxiāng
8. PO box 郵政信箱 yóuzhèng xìnxiāng
9. envelope 信封 xìnfēng
10. postage fee 郵資 yóuzī
 
In context:
1. I would like to send a package overseas. 
我要寄包裹到國外。
2. How much is express delivery? 
快遞的郵資要多少錢?
3. I want to send this letter as registered mail.
這封信我要寄掛號。
4. I would like to buy some stamps and envelopes.
我想買一些郵票和信封。
5. When will my letter arrive?
大概幾天會到?
 
That’s it for today, practice and we’ll see you next time!