Monthly Archives: February 2004

context and keywords

Context and keywords: that’s the trick to faking understanding. Scan a sentence in your second language for keywords, for structures, and the half of the words you do know will tell you what the other half means. This is actually easier in Chinese, because of the nature of the language, where all the syllables, morphemes […]


So, OK, last semester I was at the top level of classes offered by Beida’s Chinese as a Foreign Language College. Once you hit the advanced level at the 对外汉语学院, you’re best off 入系’ing – entering the Chinese department – unless you’re a fan of stupefyingly blah language textbooks. So this time around, when it […]