Blog Renovation

We're implementing new blog technology on our site using the Joomla EasyBlog extension. We'll be copying old posts into this new blog shortly and, hopefully, writing some new blog posts.

New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: An Old Poem About Sorrow

We're excited to announce that  Mathilda Ren (任回驳) has just published "An Old Song About Sorrow", a new Advanced level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! Lesson Script ​ Notes: 1. Shū is usually translated as "book" but in this case it means "write". Bóshāndàozhōng means "Bo Mountain path", and bì means "wall of mountain". 2. O...
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Language Mentor now on both Android & iPhone

We're excited to announce that we've just released the newest version of Language Mentor (1.24) on both the Apple app store and the Android Play Store ! If you'd like to give it a spin, install it on your smartphone and select "Chinese, Mandarin" in the app's setup screen. This release is a milestone for us in two ways: It's our first release for t...
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Idahosa Ness & MimicMethod.com

Lately I've run across several articles written by Idahosa Ness. With each article I've become more impressed. He combines (IMO) an excellent understanding of the language learning process with 'tech facility' – the ability to creatively use online resources to make language learning faster, easier, and less expensive. Here are a few of my favorite...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #6: Greetings

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Newbie #6: Greetings", a new Introductory level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Greetings A: Good Hǎo 好 B: Hello. Nǐ hǎo. 你好。 A: How are you? Nǐ hǎo ma? 你好吗? B: I - very good. Wǒ hěn hǎo. 我很好。 What about you? Nǐ ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #5: We Love Plural Pronouns

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Newbie #5: We Love Plural Pronouns", a new Introductory level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script A: We Love Plural Pronouns I Wǒ 我 We Wǒmen 我们 B: You - singular Nǐ 你 You - plural Nǐmen 你们 A: He - or she - or it Tā 他/她/它 They Tāme...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #4: I Love Singular Pronouns

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Newbie #4: I Love Singular Pronouns", a new Introductory level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script A: I Love Singular Pronouns B: I Wǒ 我 A: I love. Wǒ ài. 我爱。 B: I love you. Wǒ ài nǐ. 我爱你。 A: You love me. Nǐ ài wǒ. 你爱我。 B: Do y...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #3: Get the Tones Right! 2

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Newbie #3: Get the Tones Right! #2", a new Introductory level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Get the Tones Right! #2 B: Sleep Shuìjiào 睡觉 Dumpling Shuǐjiǎo 水饺 A: The city of Shanghai Shànghǎi 上海 Hurt Shānghài 伤害 ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #2: Get the Tones Right!

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Newbie #2: Get the Tones Right!", a new Introductory level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Get the Tones Right! A: Book Shū 书 Cooked Shú 熟 Count Shǔ 数 Tree Shù 树 Bent Wān 弯 Finish Wán 完 Late Wǎn 晚 Ten thousand Wàn...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #1: The Sounds of Chinese

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Newbie #1: The Sounds of Chinese", a new Introductory level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script The Sounds Of Chinese Initial Consonants shēngmǔ 声母 b p m f d t n l g k h j q x z c s zh ch sh r y w Finals 韵母 Yùnmǔ a o e i u ü ai ei u...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Rigid Customer Service

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "Rigid Customer Service", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Rigid Customer Service Sǐbǎn De Kèfú 死板的客服 Yuki: My cell phone is lost, ... Wǒde shǒujī diūle, ... 我的手机丢了,…… I'd like to - suspend se...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Talking About Weather

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Talking About Weather", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Talking About Weather Tán Tiānqì 谈天气 A: Today the weather is really nice! Jīntiān tiānqì zhēnhǎo! 今天天气真好! B: Yes! Shì a! 是啊! A: How's ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Visiting A Home

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Visiting A Home", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Visiting A Home Bàifǎng Jiātíng 拜访家庭 Invitation Yāoqǐng 邀请 A: I'd like to invite you to come to my home this weekend. Zhège zhōumò huānyíng...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: What To Eat?

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "What To Eat?", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: What to Eat? Chī Shénme? 吃什么? A: I'm hungry. Wǒ è le. 我饿了。 Let's go out and eat. Wǒmen chūqù chī ba. 我们出去吃吧。 My treat. Wǒ qǐng kè. 我请客。 B: Okay....
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Taking A Taxi

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Taking A Taxi", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Taking A Taxi Dǎ Chūzūchē 打出租车 A: Sir, we go - Beijing Hotel. Shīfu, wǒmen qù Běijīng Fàndiàn. 师傅,我们去北京饭店。 Note: "Shīfu" is a courteous form...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: At Starbucks

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "At Starbucks", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: At Starbucks Zài Xīngbākè 在星巴克 A: I want a cup of white chocolate mocha. Wǒ xiǎngyào yìbēi báiqiǎokèlì mókǎ. 我想要一杯白巧克力摩卡。 B: Short, tall, gr...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Sending A Package

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Sending A Package", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Sending A Package Jì Bāoguǒ 寄包裹 A: I'd like to mail a package. Wǒ xiǎng jì gè bāoguǒ. 我想寄个包裹。 B: What's inside your package? Nínde bāoguo...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Haircut

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Haircut", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Haircut Jiǎn Tóufa 剪头发 A: I want to get a haircut. Wǒ yào lǐfà. 我要理发。 B: How do you want it cut? Nǐ yào jiǎnchéng shénme yàng de? 你要剪成什么样的? A: I'd...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: At A Restaurant

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "At A Restaurant", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: At A Restaurant Zài Fàndiàn 在饭店 A: I want a dish of cucumber salad. Wǒ xiǎngyào yìpán liángbàn huángguā. 我想要一盘凉拌黄瓜。 Note: Literally... I ~ w...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Bar And Coffee House

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Bar And Coffee House", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Bar & Coffee House Jiǔbā Hé Kāfēitīng 酒吧和咖啡厅 A: Long time no see. Shall we chat this evening? Hǎojiǔbújiànle, jīnwǎn liáoliáo b...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Asking For Directions

We're excited to announce that   席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana)   has just published "Asking For Directions", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Asking For Directions Wènlù 问路 A: Excuse me, how do I go to the Bank of China? Qǐngwèn, qù Zhōngguó yínháng zěnme zǒu? 请问,去中国银行怎么走? B...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #4

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "Pop & Piracy #4", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Pop & Piracy, #4 Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Sì 流行音乐和盗版,四 A: How much do you think that tickets for a May Day vocal concert cost? Nǐ j...
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Language Mentor Update

Our shiny new user forums have received their first post – chrisd has asked "where are you in the development process?". This is a big enough question to justify a blog post – on this shiny new blog. This update includes: Language Mentor Development Lesson Development Authoring Tool Development Evangelizing the Language Mentor Platform How You Can ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #3

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "Pop & Piracy #3", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Pop & Piracy, # 3 Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Sān 流行音乐和盗版,三 A: The news media doesn't talk about this? Nèixiē xīnwén méitǐ bù ta...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #2

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "Pop & Piracy #2", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Pop & Piracy, # 2 Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Èr 流行音乐和盗版,二 Xiaoyin: Actually ... Shìshíshàng ... 事实上…… some part of the Chinese peop...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #1

We're excited to announce that   章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei   has just published "Pop & Piracy #1", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Pop & Piracy, # 1 Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Yī 流行音乐和盗版,一 A: Xiaoyin, could you help me with something? Xiǎoyīn, kěyǐ qǐng nǐ ba...
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