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New German Lesson: Grammar: Hin/Her Prefixes with Prepositions

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Grammar: Hin/Her Prefixes with Prepositions", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Hin und Her Präfixe mit PräpositionenHin and Her Prefixes with Prepositions The Prefixes "Hin" and "Her" with Pre...
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New German Lesson: Grammar: Hin/Her Prefixes with Verbs

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Grammar: Hin/Her Prefixes with Verbs", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Hin und Her Präfixe mit VerbenHin and Her Prefixes with Verbs Hin and Her Prefixes with Verbs"Hin" and "her" are combine...
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New German Lesson: Grammar: The Question Word "Wessen" and the Genitive

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Grammar: The Question Word "Wessen" and the Genitive", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script  The Question Word "Wessen" and the Genitive Das Fragewort "Wessen" und der Genitiv IntroductionThe...
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New German Lesson: The Verb Haben - To Have

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "The Verb Haben - To Have", a new Newbie level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Das Verb "Haben"The verb "Haben" I have two sisters.Ich habe zwei Schwestern. I have a guitar.Ich habe eine Gitarre. I have luck.Ich h...
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Language Mentor Version 1.50 Released

We're excited to announce the release of version 1.50 of Language Mentor! This blog post details some of the improvements in this release.  Seven New Learning Modes  Up until now Language Mentor's "Select Mode" screen has looked, depending on what language you are studying, something like this ... The new version of this screen looks...
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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 ServiceSǐbǎn 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 serv...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Qingming Festival

We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Qingming Festival", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Qingming FestivalQīngmíngjié清明节 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: ClearQīng清 B: BrightMíng明 A: Clear and BrightQīngmíng清明 B: GreenQīng青 A: BallTuán团 B: Green dumpl...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Looking For A Hotel On The Street

We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Looking For A Hotel On The Street", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Looking For A Hotel On The StreetZài Jiē Shàng Xúnzhǎo Bīnguǎn在街上寻找宾馆 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: HotelBīnguǎn宾馆 C: Reservation or...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Food Implements 1

We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Food Implements 1", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Food Implements 1 B: ForkChāzi叉子 A: You use fork to eat?Nǐ yòng chāzi chī ma?你用叉子吃吗? B: KnifeDāozi刀子 A: To cutQiē切 B: Using knife cut steak.Yòng dāozi qiē ni...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cooking Vocabulary

We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Cooking Vocabulary", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Cooking Vocabulary A: Food dish or VegetablesCài菜 B: A food dishYí dào cài一道菜 A: I would like to eat a food dish.Wǒ xiǎng chī yí dào cài.我想吃一道菜。 B: CookShao...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: The Workaholic

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "The Workaholic", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script The WorkaholicGōngzuòkuáng工作狂 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: King - also a family nameWáng王 B: BossLǎobǎn老板 A: Suggestion or acknowledgement particleBa吧 B: OfficeBàngo...
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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 WeatherTán 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 the weathe...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Hotels: Dealing With Problems

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Hotels: Dealing With Problems", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Dealing With ProblemsChǔlǐ Wèntí处理问题 A: Embarrassed - I have some matters - have to trouble you.Bùhǎoyìsi, wǒ yǒu yìxiē shìqing ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Hotels: Arriving At A Hotel

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Hotels: Arriving At A Hotel", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Arriving At A HotelDào Fāndiàn到饭店 A: I already booked - room.Wǒ yǐjīng yùdìng le fángjiān.我已经预定了房间。 I want - transact - check in - procedu...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Hotels: Reserving a Room by Phone

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Hotels: Reserving a Room by Phone", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Reserving a Room by PhoneDiànhuà Dìng Fángjiān电话订房间 Clerk: Hello, Orange Hotel.Nǐ hǎo, Júzi Jiǔdiàn.你好,桔子酒店。 A: I would like to book a st...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: China Travel Websites

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "China Travel Websites", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script  China Travel Websites Zhōngguó Lǚyóuwǎng中国旅游网 A: I'd like to go to China, ...Wǒ xiǎng qù Zhōngguó, ...我想去中国,…… but I don't know how to book - p...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cultural Differences: Nali Nali

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Cultural Differences: Nali Nali", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Nali NaliNǎlǐ Nǎlǐ哪里哪里 A: You speak Chinese really well.Nǐ Zhōngwén shuō de zhēn hǎo!你中文说得真好! B: Not really!Nǎlǐ nǎlǐ!哪里哪里!Note: Li...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cultural Differences: Eating Out Together

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Cultural Differences: Eating Out Together", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Eating OutChūqù Chī出去吃 A: Good morning!Zǎo!早!Note: Literally, "early!" B: Good morning!Zǎo!早! A: Go do what?Qù gànshénme?去干什么? ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cultural Differences: Bumping Into People

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Cultural Differences: Bumping Into People", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script  Bumping Into People Zhuàngdào Rén Le撞到人了 A: Wow, really not polite.Wà, zhēn méi lǐmào.哇,真没礼貌。 B: What's up?Zěnme le?怎么了?...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cultural Differences: The Boss Is Always Right

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Cultural Differences: The Boss Is Always Right", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script The Boss Is Always RightLǎobǎn Zǒngshì Duì De老板总是对的! A: VocabularyCíhuì词汇 B: To be lateChídào迟到 A: Put on or wear clothsC...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cultural Differences: Are They Crazy?

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Cultural Differences: Are They Crazy?", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Are They Crazy?Tāmen Fēngle Ma?他们疯了吗? A: Today, when I went to work - encountered a very strange situation.Jīntiān wǒ shàngbān de sh...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Cultural Differences: About Losing Face

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Cultural Differences: About Losing Face", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script About Losing FaceGuānyú Diū Miànzi关于丢面子 A: What's up? You look - it seems - unhappy.Zěnme le? Nǐ kànqǐlái hǎoxiàng bù kāixin...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Dao De Jing 1

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Dao De Jing 1", a new Advanced level Mandarin Chinese language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Way Virtue Classic - OneDàodéjīng Yī道德经一 NotFēi非 Frequent or ConstantCháng常 Path can walk not constant pathDào kě dào fēi cháng dào道可道非常道 Name can name not constant...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Wishing Lamp

We're excited to announce that Mathilda Ren (任回驳) has just published "Wishing Lamp", a new Advanced level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Wishing LampXǔyuàndēng许愿灯 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: Three Kingdoms PeriodSānguó Shíqī三国时期 Invent or InventionFāmíng发明 BesiegeWéikùn围困 Dispatch troopsPàibi...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Using Photoshop

We're excited to announce that Mathilda Ren (任回驳) has just published "Using Photoshop", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Using PhotoshopShǐyòng Photoshop使用Photoshop VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: Picture or ImageTúpiàn图片 B: Picture or Image, as translated in Photoshop menusTúxian...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Self Introductions

New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Self Introductions We're excited to announce that Mathilda Ren (任回驳) has just published "Self Introductions", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Self IntroductionsZìwǒ Jièshào自我介绍 A: Good morning everyone!Dàjiā zǎoshànghǎo!大家早上好! Today is our fi...
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New German Lesson: All Aboard! - Your First Train Ride

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "All Aboard! - Your First Train Ride", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script All aboard!Einsteigen bitte! It is Monday in Berlin.Es ist Montag in Berlin. The station clock shows 9 am.Die Bahnhofsuhr...
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Four New Mandarin Chinese Lessons - "A Trip to Dalian?"

We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published a series of four new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lessons - A Trip to Dalian? Lessons 1-4 - on Language Mentor!  Lesson Scripts:  A Trip To Dalian? #1 Announcer: A Trip To Dalian? #1Qù Dàlián Lǔyóu? Yī去大连旅游?一 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: Au...
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New German Lesson: Newbie 3 - Question Words

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Newbie 3 - Question Words", a new German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Question Words: "What", "Who", "How", "Why", "Where", "Where to", "Where from", "When" Where is Sarah?Wo ist Sarah? Sarah is at Hans's.Sarah ...
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New German Lesson: Newbie 2 - To Be

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Newbie 2 - To Be", a new German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script The Verb Sein - To Be I am Sarah.Ich bin Sarah. I am gone.Ich bin weg. I am here.Ich bin da. You are at home.Du bist zu Hause. You are slow.Du bist la...
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20 New Mandarin Chinese "Numbers" Lessons (!)

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published 20 new "Numbers" lessons for Mandarin Chinese via Language Mentor!  These lessons will teach you how to talk about numbers in Chinese, from zero all the way up to millions. They also show how we talk about dates, time, money, identification numbers, etc. ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #23: Go To Restaurant #8

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #23: Go To Restaurant #8", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #8Newbie 23: Go To Restaurant 8 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: FullBǎo饱 B: ReallyZhēn真 A: SpecialTèbié特别 B: FinishedWán完 A: Fi...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #22: Go To Restaurant #7

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #22: Go To Restaurant #7", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #7Newbie 22: Go To Restaurant 7 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: WaiterFúwùyuán服务员 B: SorryDuìbùqǐ对不起 A: Right awayMǎshàng马上 ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #21: Go To Restaurant #6

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #21: Go To Restaurant #6", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #6Newbie 21: Go To Restaurant 6 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 B: ColaKělè可乐 A: Once, One timeYíbiàn一遍 B: AddJiā加 A: IceBīng冰 B:...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #20: Go To Restaurant #5

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #20: Go To Restaurant #5", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #5Newbie 20: Go To Restaurant 5 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: OneYī一 B: "One" as classifierYì一 A: "One" as classifier - before a...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #19: Go To Restaurant #4

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #19: Go To Restaurant #4", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #4Newbie 19: Go To Restaurant 4 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: MeaningYìsi意思 B: OrHuòzhě或者 A: BarbequedKǎo烤 B: SlowMàn慢 A: Say...
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New German Lesson: The Genitive Goes to Court

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "The Genitive Goes to Court", a new Advanced level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script The Genitive Goes to CourtDer Genitiv geht vor Gericht IntroductionThe genitive case is typically used with possessive pronouns. I...
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New German Lesson: Passive Voice - An Aromatic Reading

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Passive Voice - An Aromatic Reading", a new Intermediate level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Passive Voice - An Aromatic ReadingDas Passiv - Eine aromatische Lesung When that day became dark, ...Als es an diese...
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New German Lesson: Newbie 1 - To Go

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "Newbie 1 - To Go", a new Newbie level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script GehenThe Verb "Gehen"- "To Go" IntroductionIn German, the verb "gehen" translates as "to go", as well as "to walk" and "to leave". A few idiom...
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New German Lesson: Grammar - Determiner Endings 3

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Grammar - Determiner Endings 3", a new Newbie level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Determiner Endings 3Determiner Endings 3 - Singular-Neuter in Nominative and Accusative Cases IntroductionThis lesson focuses on two contexts where some determiners end wi...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #18: Go To Restaurant #3

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #18: Go To Restaurant #3", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #3Newbie 18: Go To Restaurant 3 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: CabbageBāocài包菜 B: SpinachBōcài菠菜 A: Paper napkinsCānjīnzhǐ餐巾...
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New German Lesson: Grammar - Determiner Endings 2

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Grammar - Determiner Endings 2", a new Newbie level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Determiner Endings 2Determiner Endings 2 - Singular-Masculine in Nominative Case IntroductionIn this lesson we focus on what endings determiners use when they precede a si...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #17: Go To Restaurant #2

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #17: Go To Restaurant #2", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #2Newbie 17: Go To Restaurant 2 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: MenuCàidān菜单 B: OrderDiǎn点 A: DeliciousHǎochī好吃 B: Welcome...
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New German Lesson: Determiner Endings 1

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Determiner Endings 1", a new Introductory level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  This lesson is the first in a series of lessons that will teach you what ending to use with determiners such as diese, jede, welche, mein, dein, ihr, unser, etc. As the lesson explains...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #16: Go To Restaurant #1

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #16: Go To Restaurant #1", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Go To Restaurant #1Newbie 16: Go To Restaurant 1 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: TimeShíhou时候 B: WhenShénme shíhou什么时候 A: NowXiànzài现在 Announcer...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #15: Wait, Arrive, See, Feel, Know

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #15: Wait, Arrive, See, Feel, Know", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Wait, Arrive, See, Feel, KnowNewbie 15: Wait, Arrive, See, Feel, Know VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: WaitDěng等 B: ArriveDào到 A: To lookK...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #14: Need & Walk

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #14: Need & Walk", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Need & WalkNewbie 14: Need & Walk VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: NeedXūyào需要 B: Go, Leave, or WalkZǒu走 A: RoadLù路 B: WalkZǒulù走路 A: M...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #13: Coming & Going

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #13: Coming & Going", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Coming & GoingNewbie 13: Coming & Going A: ComeLái来 B: Suggestion particleBa吧 A: Suggest come - i.e. an invitation to comeLái ba来吧 ...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #12: Is & Are

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #12: Is & Are", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Is & AreA: ThisZhè这 B: IsShì是 A: What is this?Zhè shì shénme?这是什么? B: This is salad.Zhè shì shālā.这是沙拉。 A: Is this salad?Zhè shì sha...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #11: Would Like To

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #11: Would Like To", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Would You Like To?Newbie 11: Would You Like To? A: WantYào要 B: Would like toXiǎng想 A: Would like to have or Would like toXiǎngyào想要 B: What do...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #10: Like

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie 10: Like", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: LikeNewbie 10: Like A: LikeXǐhuān喜欢 B: Do you like me?Nǐ xǐhuān wǒ ma?你喜欢我吗? A: Do you not like me?Nǐ bù xǐhuān wǒ ma?你不喜欢我吗? B: Why don't you li...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #9: Drink

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie 9: Drink", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: DrinkNewbie 9: Drink A: DrinkHē喝 B: You drink what?Nǐ hē shénme?你喝什么? A: You want to drink what?Nǐ yào hē shénme?你要喝什么? B: You not drink what?Nǐ bu...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #8: Eat

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #8: Eat", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: EatNewbie 8: Eat A: EatChī吃 B: I ate.Wǒ chī le.我吃了。 A: You ate.Nǐ chī le.你吃了。 B: Did he eat?Tā chī le ma?他吃了吗? A: Who ate?Shuí chī le?谁吃了? B: We ate...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Newbie #7: Have, Want, Give, Please

We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Newbie #7: Have, Want, Give, Please", a new Newbie level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Have, Want, Give, PleaseNewbie 7: Have, Want, Give, Please A: I want.Wǒ yào.我要。 B: You want what?Nǐ yào shénme?你要什么? A: I want wate...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Introducing Friends

We're excited to announce that Mathilda Ren (任回驳) has just published "Introducing Friends", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Introducing FriendsJièshào Péngyǒu介绍朋友 A: Hello Wei Zhang!Nǐ hǎo Zhāng Wěi!你好张伟! B: Hello Xia Li!Nǐ hǎo Lǐ Xiá!你好李霞! A: This is my friend Na Wan...
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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Looking for a Hotel on the Street

We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Looking For a Hotel on the Street", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Announcer: Looking For A Hotel On The StreetZài Jiē Shàng Xúnzhǎo Bīnguǎn在街上寻找宾馆 VocabularyCíhuì词汇 A: HotelBīnguǎn宾馆 C: Reservation or...
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News & Updates - Chinese Language Mentor and German Language Mentor released!

We're happy to announce that we've just released the Android and iOS versions of Chinese Language Mentor and German Language Mentor. But wait - while these new apps are listed as separate apps on the respective app stores, they're precisely the same as the "universal" Language Mentor app, except for the fact that the target language, i.e. the ...
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News & Updates - Language Mentor version 1.4 released, new Chinese and German language lessons, etc...

Greetings Dear Readers ... Quite a bit has been happening at The Language Collaborative lately! Language Mentor Version 1.4 Released We've just released a shiny new version of Language Mentor on the Apple App Store and the Android Play Store. We've been working on this update for the last few months. We haven't made major changes - j...
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New German Lesson: Grammar - Pronouns 3 - Dative

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Grammar - Pronouns 3 - Dative", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Pronouns 3 - The Dative Case IntroductionIn these sentences we use the nominative case for the pronoun that serves as the subject of the sentence, the accusative case for...
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New German Lesson: Grammar - Pronouns 2 - Accusative Case

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Grammar - Pronouns 2 - Accusative Case", a new Newbie level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Pronouns 2 - The Accusative Case Nominative & AccusativeIn these sentences we use the nominative case for the pronoun that serves as the subject of the sentenc...
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New German Lesson: Grammar - Pronouns 1 - Nominative Case

We're excited to announce that we've just published "Grammar - Pronouns 1 - Nominative Case", a new Newbie level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script Pronouns 1 - The Nominative Case IntroductionThis lesson is the first in a set of lessons covering German pronouns. In these lessons we take an approach that ...
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New German Lesson: An Unforgettable Gallery Visit

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "An Unforgettable Gallery Visit", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script An Unforgettable Gallery VisitEin Unvergesslicher Galeriebesuch Hi! Today I visit a gallery in Berlin.Hallo! Ich besuche heute...
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New German Lesson: A Nice Walk Ruined

We're excited to announce that Nina Freebird of Vocal Creations Berlin has just published "A Nice Walk Ruined", a new Beginner level German language lesson, on Language Mentor!  Lesson Script A Nice Walk RuinedEin Ruinierter Spaziergang Hi! My name is Nina. I live in Berlin.Hallo! Ich heiße Nina. Ich wohne in Berlin. This city i...
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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. Old ...
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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 th...
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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: GreetingsA: GoodHǎo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 ne?你呢? A: I - ...
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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 PronounsIWǒ我 WeWǒmen我们 B: You - singularNǐ你 You - pluralNǐmen你们 A: He - or she - or itTā他/她/它 TheyTāmen他/她/它们 B: We lo...
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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: IWǒ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 you love me?N...
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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! #2B: SleepShuìjiào睡觉 DumplingShuǐjiǎo水饺 A: The city of ShanghaiShànghǎi上海 HurtShānghài伤害 B: HourXiǎos...
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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: BookShū书 CookedShú熟 CountShǔ数 TreeShù树 BentWān弯 FinishWán完 LateWǎn晚 Ten thousandWàn万 B: AskWèn问 KissWe...
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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 ChineseInitial Consonantsshēngmǔ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 ui uo ue ...
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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 ServiceSǐbǎn 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 service - ...
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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 WeatherTán 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 the weathe...
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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 HomeBàifǎng Jiātíng拜访家庭 InvitationYāoqǐng邀请 A: I'd like to invite you to come to my home this weekend.Zhège zhōumò huānyíng nǐ dào...
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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.Hǎo a.好啊。 W...
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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 TaxiDǎ 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 of addre...
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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 StarbucksZài 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, grande or ...
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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 PackageJì 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 bāoguǒ lǐ shi...
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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: HaircutJiǎn 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 like a tr...
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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 RestaurantZài 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 ~ want ~ a d...
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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 HouseJiǔbā Hé Kāfēitīng酒吧和咖啡厅 A: Long time no see. Shall we chat this evening?Hǎojiǔbújiànle, jīnwǎn liáoliáo ba?好久不见了...
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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 DirectionsWènlù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: Go str...
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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, #4Liúxíngyīnyuè 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 juédé ...
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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 DevelopmentLesson DevelopmentAuthoring Tool DevelopmentEvangelizing the Language Mentor PlatformHow You Can Help...
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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, # 3Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Sān流行音乐和盗版,三 A: The news media doesn't talk about this?Nèixiē xīnwén méitǐ bù tánlùn ...
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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, # 2Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Èr流行音乐和盗版,二 Xiaoyin: Actually ...Shìshíshàng ...事实上…… some part of the Chinese people alrea...
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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, # 1Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Yī流行音乐和盗版,一 A: Xiaoyin, could you help me with something?Xiǎoyīn, kěyǐ qǐng nǐ bāng wǒ...
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