Recently a friend asked me what are the best tools for learning Mandarin and I gave him a long list of apps to download. Some free, but most of them are going to cost you a pretty penny. Some of them are justifiable because the functionality and usefulness of some apps for Mandarin learning are […]


A guy by the name of Confucius once said that it is a delight to have friends coming from afar (有朋自遠方來不亦樂乎). In Taiwan, there seems to be a lot of friends from afar coming to these shores and settling for both the short and long-term. Yet, one key complaint that some make is that it is […]