August 2, 2009

Mandarin Learner: Best of the Web

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Mandarin Learner: Best of the Web

July 28, 2009

<!–by Bill

–>It has been a couple of weeks since I last released a Best of the Web post (quality not quantity etc.) but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping my eyes open for some great stuff. Of particular note this week is the steady stream of first class content from John Biesnecker over on Global Maverick. If you haven’t seen his latest blog, then this is definitely one for the RSS reader.

As usual, if you come across, or write, any great posts that you want to share with those of us studying Mandarin Chinese, please get in touch.

  1. 您nín 贵guì 姓xìng?
    This post asks, “What’s your valuable family name?” In China a woman doesn’t traditionally take her husband’s surname when they get married. I’ve always taken this as a given, but this post looks at some of the historical reasons why this is the case.
  2. Learning Mandarin
    I’ve often heard it said that spoken Mandarin is somewhat musical. Some would even go as far as saying that you don’t speak Mandarin, you sing it. I’m not sure I’d agree, but after reading this post, you just might.
  3. Why you should learn a foreign language
    In this post, John debunks several common excuses people give for not learning a second language. I myself have used all of these excuses at some point.
  4. How to read in a foreign language
    I don’t read in Chinese at all. I struggle to recognise 90% of the characters in #MandarinMonday tweets. This is really something I need to address and after reading this post on Global Maverick I’m starting to realise that there is nothing wrong with failure. After all, “The best way to get better at reading is to read.”
  5. 18 Great Sites To Learn A New Language
    The title says it all really. There are plenty of great language learning resources out there on the web. Here is a list of 18 of them.

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