Monthly Archives: February 2016

Why Study a Chinese Dialect?

By  Grace

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To celebrate 2016 International Mother Language Day, this blog post is dedicated to the beautiful languages and dialects of China!

When I mention an interest in learning Chinese dialects, I am almost always met with the same response: What’s the point? Their reasoning is clear: Mandarin Chinese is the lingua-franca in China and the importance of dialects is decreasing, so there seems little point in struggling to learn a Chinese dialect. I, however, argue that there are huge economic, cultural and social benefits of learning a Chinese dialect both inside and outside China. The value of Mandarin as a lingua-franca is clear, however, a brief look below the surface illuminates a plethora of reasons why someone may pursue the study of a Chinese dialect.

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February Book Recommendations

By  Grace

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Once a month we will be sharing with our readers our special book recommendations, written by us at Cypress! Our monthly recommendations also appear on the relevant website homepages – so feel free to check them out there too.

We would love to hear your thoughts about these titles and if you need any more information on these or any of our other titles, do get in touch!


 

Learning Chinese

Series: A Collection of Chinese Short Stories

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Feb 16

Tips & Advice for Improving Chinese Speaking Skills

By  Grace

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Seeing yourself improve your speaking skills is one of the most rewarding aspects of learning Chinese. The advice in this blog will let you know what worked for me at different stages of learning, but do not let that limit you, finding your own quirky learning methods is the key.

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