12 Things to Do In & Around Beijing, China Travel

Beijing, the capital of China, is a pleasant mix of historic and modern sites and architecture. There are so many things to do in and around the city, so here are a few of my favorites from my recent (and first) trip to the country. 1. Visit the Summer Palace // A short metro ride away from Beijing, the Summer Palace is an expansive park...

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Language Learning Reading Challenge 2017 Language Resources

It is the start of the new year, and so, for those of you who were following along last year, you what that means. It is time for this year’s Language Reading Challenge! Starting January 2017, we’ll tackle one book per month covering a topic related to language and share our experiences as a group. Please feel free to join us. You can participate by...

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The Dim Sum Field Guide Review | Illustrated Book or Comic Book | Language Reading Challenge Language Resources

Welcome to the eighth official Language Reading Challenge Update and Linkup! As a quick recap of what we’ve read so far this year, you can check out the previous months’ challenges here: January // Book about the culture of the area you’re studying February // Book in your target language March // Travel book or travelogue related to region that uses the language you’re studying...

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Hutongs in Beijing China Travel

In my opinion, one of the best things about Beijing are its hutongs, or alleys. These narrow streets are lined with old homes and shops, particularly in the traditional courtyard style. Sadly, these areas are slowly disappearing. Many of the hutongs have been demolished to make way for more modern constructions, roads or buildings. Thankfully, however, many efforts have been made recently to designate the...

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Dual Language Reading | Beelinguapp Review Language Resources

Once you figure out how to get started, the beginning stages of learning a language are a breeze. The learning curve is steep and you really get a quick sense of accomplishment from the time you spend studying. The intermediate stage, however, is an entirely different beast. If it isn’t plaguing you with frustratingly difficult grammar, you’re stuck in the doldrums of a learning plateau,...

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Houhai Park | Things to Do In & Around Beijing Travel

Houhai Park, literally ‘rear lake’, is a neighborhood in the Xicheng District of Beijing. Houhai is the largest of three lakes that comprise Shichahai, the other two, Qianhai and Xihai. The area around the lakes has recently become known for its nightlife with bars that feature live music that are particularly popular amongst expats. Both the former residence of Soong Ching-ling and the mansion of...

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Why You Should Record Yourself Speaking Your Target Language Language Resources

When we first make the transition from a ‘beginning’ language learner to an ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ language learner, maintaining our learning curve can present a real challenge. We tend to hit a plateau, feeling like we’re making little, if any, progress. But the truth is, you are making progress. The steps forward are just a bit smaller, and therefore, harder to notice. That, and when...

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