Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in November 2015

  1. How to learn to hear the tones in Mandarin

    Learning to hear the difference between tones in Mandarin can be difficult for adult learners. In this article, I introduce two effective ways of overcoming this problem, as well as my own research project, which is meant to help students and will be available soon.

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  2. How to verify that you use the right Chinese font

    For second language learners, using the wrong font can make learning characters very confusing. In this article, I will help you verify that you have the right fonts installed and discuss what happens if you don’t. This is a follow-up to an earlier article about Chinese fonts for students.

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  3. Chinese character variants and fonts for language learners

    Chinese character variants and regional font standards can be really confusing for language learners. As if simplified/traditional wasn’t enough, characters can look different depending on the font used or where the text was printed! This article will help you understand what’s going on.

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  4. Chinese writing challenge, November 10th to 30th

    This month it’s time for a writing challenge! Enrol, set your goal and write as much as you can before the end of November. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as a discussion about how to improve writing ability.

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  5. One year of language challenges on Hacking Chinese

    Hacking Chinese Challenges has now been online for more than a year and it’s time to take a step back to evaluate the service. Have you tried it out yet? What did you think? This article contains a short survey as well as some of my own reflections about the past and future of language challenges.

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