The Numbers About Learning Chinese

In an economy of attention, let’s run a quick math of the cognitive cost of learning Chinese. (I will leave out the financial cost due to its huge variations) 

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Why learning Chinese is easy

From the onset, learning Chinese seems intimidating to most westerners as the Chinese logograph character system lookscompletely differentfrom the Latin alphabet script system that Romance and Germanic languages use. At a glance, Chinese characters ..

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Language As Sense Making

Chinestory taps into the innate capacity of language learners, which according to the influential American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician Noam Chomsky’s well-established theory of Universal Grammar, is universal to all human.

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Language As Pattern Recognition

Why does a foreign language sound and look foreign to us? Why do we easily get lost and confused in a foreign country? To appreciate the depth of such questions, let’s turn to the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for some useful theories about intelligent agent.

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Learn Chinese in the 21st Century | Haiyan Fan | TEDx Talk

Many people are overwhelmed attempting to learn Chinese with ineffective drills and hard memorization. How to make sense of these Chinese characters for the 21st century learners so that they not only become meaningful to you, but also stay long in your memory?

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LOVE: What does it mean? Insight from the Chinese Character 愛

Just like Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “I draw the flowers so big so that everyone else can see it”. I take apart this sacred Chinese character 愛-love so that hopefully you can see its beauty and make sense of it. — from Chinestory with love~

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A Journey Always Starts with One - Start your Chinese Language Learning Today

How long will it take you to learn from one(一) to Saturn(土星), find out from this expertly curated list.

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There Ought to Be a Better Way - Find Out Why Traditional Chinese Language Lessons Are Not Effective

These are not effective ways of learning Chinese, but what I call “forcing the foreign language into you” by hard memorization and repetition.

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Let's Call it a Year - Discover the Original Meaning of Chinese New Year

Let's Call it a Year - Discover the Original Meaning of Chinese New Year and How It Brings You a New Perspective. From walking a thousand miles, 千, to celebrate the end of year, find out the true meaning of “YEAR” 年, and the ancient WISDOM about the four seasons from this expertly curated list of characters as we celebrate CNY.

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