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Calling all writers and photographers 写作者和摄影师请注意

Wenmo is accepting submissions from writers and photographers around the world in preparation for our official website launch on August 6th, 2020. 《温墨》正在征集来自世界各地的作者和摄影师的投稿,为我们即将于2020年8月6日上线的官方网站做准备。 What is Wenmo? 《温墨》是什么? Wenmo is an online magazine for people interested in the traditional culture, language, and history of China. Our goal is to provide readers all over the world insight […]

The Lazy Man’s Guide to the Shuowen Jiezi Radicals 《說文解字》部首懶人指南

I have created this resource for anyone who would like to familiarize themselves with the various Shuowen Jiezi (《說文解字》) radicals without having to read the original text in its entirety. I have also included handwritten versions of the most common characters from the Qianziwen (《千字文》) by the Qing-dynasty calligrapher Deng Shiru (鄧石如) in seal script […]

Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese Characters

The following is a list of characters that are most likely to confuse Chinese learners of different levels. I recommend you have a go at the dictation practices first to see how many you can write from memory.   Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese Characters Dictation Practice Beginner Top 258 Most Commonly Confused Chinese […]

Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #2: Writing: the Vehicle of Chinese History

中国历史新手指南 Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History   第二集:中国历史的载体——文字 #2: Writing: The Vehicle of Chinese History Listen to this episode of the podcast here: Beginner’s Guide to Chinese History #2: Writing: the Vehicle of Chinese History     Episode Transcript

800 Most Common Chinese Character Components

I have just finished creating a new resource entitled 800 Most Common Chinese Character Components. This time I have created both Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions. I have also converted the hanzi from both resources into pinyin which students can then use for silent dictation practice. This has been a huge project that has taken […]

Chinese Dictation Practice #1

Inspired after my recent post Top 500 Chinese Characters (and How to Write Them), I thought I’d create a dictation practice mp3 for those out there who want more practice writing and recalling Chinese characters. Chinese Dictation Practice #1 Chinese Dictation Practice #1 (Answers) Exercise: Listen to the recording, and write out the Chinese words […]

Top 500 Chinese Characters (and How to Write Them)

I created this because a) I’m sick of memorising Chinese characters the old-fashioned way; and b) I’m obsessed with collecting Chinese radicals and components. If you’re looking for a systematic way to learn how to memorise all of the common Chinese characters, you’re in the right place. Nothing like this collection exists anywhere else – […]

Carl’s IELTS Essay Correction Glossary (卡尔的雅思写作修改必备词汇)

When Chinese students ask me the quickest way to improve their IELTS Writing score, I always tell them that personalised feedback is the most important thing. That, and the three Rs: Rewrite, Revise and Read – Rewrite your essays in accordance with the feedback you get; Revise everything that you learn; Read more articles that […]

40 Terms Commonly Used in Chinese Academic Writing

The following is a collection of 40 terms that I have come across while reading Chinese academic writing such as papers, reports, theses, etc. I think this list will be very useful for any Westerner coming to China to study a Chinese-taught programme, but it can also be used by Chinese wishing to improve their […]

12 Basic Cohesive Devices in Formal English Writing (with Chinese translation)

I wrote this blog entry mainly for my Chinese students who have trouble with some basic cohesive devices in English – e.g. firstly/at first, lastly/at last, finally/ultimately, etc. However the word and sentence translations here I’m sure will also be helpful for Chinese learners. This is not supposed to be a comprehensive list of formal […]