The times are a changin’


In the last few years there’s been a noticeable increase in advertising in Chinese here in Sydney, Australia.

Today, the city’s oldest newspaper ran its masthead in Chinese for the first time ever.

Happy lunar new year, everyone.

05 Recommended phrasebooks


I heartily recommend the iSpeak and All in One series by Alex Chapin, published by McGraw Hill.

Like all good phrasebooks, they contain extremely useful, practical phrases and vocabulary, but these books (actually CDs with about 1500 mp3 files on them) also have an audio recording of each phrase in the target language, which is then repeated in English twice, then finally repeated in the target language again.

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