Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in September 2014

  1. Learning to write Chinese characters through communication

    How much of your character learning is done through communication? It should be a significant part, but I think this is very rare, both inside and outside classrooms. This article is about using communication to make character writing more fun, meaningful and effective.

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  2. Focusing on communication to learn Chinese

    Communicating is the essence of languages and the goal of language learning. In this article, I discuss bot the merits of focusing on communication, but I also explain why focusing too much on communication isn’t the best way of learning.

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  3. Articles by me published elsewhere: August round-up

    I have spent a lot of time writing about learning Chinese recently, but most of the text hasn’t ended up on Hacking Chinese (yet). This is because I’m writing a book, but it’s also because I’ve published a bunch of articles on other websites. In this article, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before August.

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  4. Change your attitude to enjoy life and learn more Chinese

    Attitude is one of the key factors when learning a language as well as for life in general. This article is about how a change of perspective can turn negative situations into learning opportunities and become a happier person overall.

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  5. 250+ resources for learning Chinese

    Hacking Chinese Resources now features over 250 resources for learning Chinese, all tagged, sorted and introduced properly so they are easy to find for learners and teachers alike. I need your help spreading the word, submitting more resources and voting on those already posted!

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  6. How long have you studied Chinese? 290 years or 58 992 hours!

    This article is built on a survey of readers’ study time and shows clearly that counting study time in years is completely bunk. It also shows that most people greatly overestimate how much they actually study.

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  7. About cheating, spaced repetition and learning Chinese

    Have you even found yourself grading your answer slightly more positively than you should? Even though we all know that we shouldn’t, I think this is quite common. We shouldn’t do this! We’re only cheating ourselves and impeding our progress. In this article, I talk a little about cheating, spaced repetition software and some related consequences and theories.

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