Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in January 2015

  1. Articles by me published elsewhere: January 2015 round-up

    I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up on Hacking Chinese. Some things will be available later, such as the book I’m working on and some upcoming articles, but much is written for other websites. In this post, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before January 2015.

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  2. How to find a suitable Chinese name

    Finding a good Chinese name can be hard. If you care about your name, you should make an effort to find a good one.

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  3. Focus on initials and finals, not Pinyin spelling

    Instead of worrying too much about Pinyin spelling and what sounds each letter represents, students of Mandarin should zoom out a bit and focus on initials and finals as whole units. There are only around 60 of them and focusing on them will pay off handsomely.

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  4. My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters

    This article contains an overview of how to learn Chinese characters, including understanding how they work, advice on how to learn them and how to review.

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  5. Sensible character challenge, January 11th to 31st

    It’s time for the first challenge of 2015! I have a feeling I’m not the only one who has fallen behind on vocabulary learning and reviewing, so this month’s challenge will focus on learning and characters and words. There are prizes on offer and the challenge starts on the Sunday 11th.

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  6. Translation challenge, December 2014: Wrapping up

    It’s time to wrap up last month’s translation challenge. How did it go? What did you learn? In this short post, I share some thoughts of my own and hope you’re willing to do the same. I also introduce January’s challenge.

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  7. Articles by me published elsewhere: December round-up

    I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up on Hacking Chinese. Some things will be available later, such as the book I’m working on and some upcoming articles, but much is written for other websites. In this post, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before December.

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