Where Does Memory Exist in the Brain?

It goes without saying that memory is massively instrumental in the acquisition of language. There is simply quite a lot to remember, and in Chinese you also have this whole annoying “writing system” to try to keep in the old meat computer hard drive. 真烦!

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Learning Chinese After Exercise

Sometimes I really wonder what it is that defines “me” as a person, considering how much my experience of life is constantly shifting. A simple example of this is how I feel going into the gym vs leaving it. I’m pretty much an entirely different person.

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Don't Let 3rd Tone Fool You

“你好!”

Who would have thought such a simple word could cause so many problems? Chinese pronunciation has a few “tone change rules” which linguists call “tone sandhi”. The infamous 3rd tone has one of these rules, and many westerners who study Chinese never learn it in their beginner days of study. 

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How Does Getting Enough Sleep Help Learning Chinese?

Quite possibly the most amazing thing about sleep is how much we don't understand about it. Its actually a higher need that eating. It should then come as no surprise how important it is to the process of learning and retaining new information.

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Mandarin Blueprint Reviews: Memrise

The majority of our students have used, or at least heard of, memrise.com. It is a language learning site that utilizes both Spaced-Repetition Software (SRS) and mnemonic devices (which they call “mems”) to aid the learning process. Needless to say, here at Mandarin Blueprint we’re a big fan of both of those learning techniques.

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Conversation Connectors: 不好意思,你别介意,别往心里去

“Conversation Connectors” are very useful in Chinese (or any language you're learning) when you are looking for something to say and need to give yourself time to think it through.

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