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Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters Review

As all regular readers of the Mandarin project know, I started by originally intending to learn just the Chinese characters as my writing system. Eventually, I stopped and learned a hybrid of simplified characters and traditional characters. Still, the resource I used to learn those characters was Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters for the Beginner learner. This […]

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5 Problems with Anki for Language Learning

It’s not an exaggeration to say that practically everyone in the online language learning community uses Anki. For those who are unaware, Anki is a Spaced Repetition Program. What this means is that you have one side of an Anki “card” with a question, then click to find out the answer. This is done at […]

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Teach Yourself or Colloquial

What are Teach Yourself and Colloquial courses? Teach Yourself and Colloquial are both study-at-home courses consisting of books and accompanying audio CD’s. We’ve written about both before individually, so read our articles for Teach Yourself and Colloquial for a more in depth introduction. Pros of Teach Yourself? It gives a solid grounding in basic sentences and […]

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Assimil Language Learning Series Review

Assimil is the ‘off-the-beaten-track’ version of the Teach Yourself series. It’s suggested as an alternative every so often. What is Assimil? Assimil is a French company, formed in 1929. Originally, the courses were for French speakers, looking to learn English. To this day, there aren’t as many courses with an English base as other series. That […]

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Teach Yourself Language Series Review

What is Teach Yourself? You’ve probably found Teach Yourself books at your local book store. They’re an incredibly popular resource and often a first point of entry for many language learners. (Teach Yourself Language series is part of a wider chain of books started in 1938, and is an imprint of Hodder and Staughton Publishers. This […]

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