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Learn Chinese!

By Gong Mo Tai

Essential Chinese

Have you ever wanted to learn Chinese? Don't know where to start or tried products that promise fluency and give you about 10 phrases? Well, no more… come over to to find honest opinions on some of the top products out there today.

The first thing you should know is; there is no quick way to learn Chinese – or any other language for that matter. It takes repetition, a strong will to learn and lots of practice – but it is possible. Anyone can learn a language – after all, it is one of the primary functions of the human brain. So, how is language naturally acquired?

"Languages are naturally acquired by people listening to language. The human brain is built to analyze it. You know, there are a lot of places in the world-not in America-but in supposedly "backwards" places like West Africa, New Guinea, where it is commonplace to find people who speak half a dozen languages. How do they do that? There are no language schools. So, they do it because it's part of their lives. They go down to the market, they find people talking in 4 or 5 languages and if they're going to do any trade-or buy anything-they have to know just enough of the other language to get by. So, this is how languages are learned, whether by adults or by children-by listening and interacting with real people in real-life situations." - Derek Bickerton, PhD

The problem with a lot of systems is that they do not attempt to mimic the natural acquisition of language, but instead, they tend to throw a bunch of vocabulary at you and expect you will learn it. This is completely unnatural. The bad news is that there are many products like this on the market. The good news is there are some really fantastic products as well. So, how do you distinguish which course is a good one for you? Well, I've taken the time to write some honest opinions on various Chinese language products. You can find my blog by heading over to I hope you will find the site useful to you.

- Mantis
About the Author
Dedicated to helping all those wanting to learn Chinese find the best resources and guidance on how to do so. Why? I love the Chinese language and culture. To me, the more people who can speak Chinese, the better.

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