There's no getting around the fact that learning Chinese is a challenging task with few shortcuts. But there are tools available that make it slightly easier! Over the past decade of language learning in China, these have been my favorite tools for learning Chinese that make it both fun and (slightly!) easier. You may not be fluent, but during your travels throughout China you're going to … [Read more...] about My Top 5 Favorite Tools for Learning Chinese in 2022
Chinese Language Tips & Articles from TravelChinaCheaper
If you're learning the Chinese language (also known as Mandarin), you're going to find these articles from the TravelChinaCheaper archive extremely useful!
What is the best way to find a good online Chinese tutor in 2022? Whether you're learning Chinese in China or in your home country, by far the fastest way to improve your listening and speaking is through a 1-on-1 tutor. The problem is that it's not always easy to find a quality Chinese tutor. Here's a look at my personal experience with an online tutor for learning Mandarin Chinese. For … [Read more...] about Online Mandarin Tutor in 2022 – Is It Worth It?
If you've ever tried to learn to read Chinese characters, you know how frustrating it can be! Is it even possible without wanting to pull your hair out? Thankfully, with the help of what's known as "graded readers", it can actually be fun. As I introduce to you not only physical books, but also a review of Chairman's Bao, you'll see how. If you are like me, you have spent hours upon hours … [Read more...] about Learn to Read Chinese & Enjoy It? (2022 Chairman’s Bao Review)
Is it possible to travel China without speaking Chinese (Mandarin)? The answer depends on which part of the country you plan to see, but in general the answer is "yes"...although it is advisable to learn as much as you can before you leave! Thankfully, learning basic Mandarin isn't as hard as you might think. While I've spent a lot of time and effort personally learning Mandarin (check out my … [Read more...] about How to Travel to China Without Speaking Chinese | 2022 Traveler’s Guide
What are the best voice translation apps for China travelers? Perhaps you're not an omniglot who can speak multiple languages fluently. Maybe you're a bit worried about traveling around China without speaking Chinese. Many of us have those feelings when we travel abroad and these are the best translation apps I recommend for travelers to China. It's important to note that I'm going to … [Read more...] about Best Voice Translation Apps for China Travelers & Expats in 2022
What is the best Mandarin Chinese phrasebook for travelers and expats in China? Unless you're fluent in Chinese, you're probably going to want something that will help you communicate in a pinch. In this guide, I'll cover not only the best phrase guides for 2022, but also ebooks and apps for the tech-savvy traveler. Being able to communicate during your journey to China can make a huge … [Read more...] about Best Mandarin Chinese Phrasebook for 2022 (books & apps)