Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in March 2016

  1. Should you learn the pronunciation of radicals?

    Pronunciation of radicals

    Learning character components in general is good, but should you learn the pronunciation of radicals? The answer can be both “yes” and “no” depending on what you mean!

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  2. Learning Chinese through comprehensible input

    Comprehensible input for learning Chinese

    Comprehensible input is a key component to learning Chinese. This article focuses on the importance of understanding when listening and reading Chinese.

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  3. ChinesePod review: Your companion to Mandarin fluency

    In this ChinesePod review, we take a close look at one of the best resources available for learning Mandarin online. Can you beat 3,700 lessons?

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  4. Same components, different characters

    Some Chinese characters consist of the same components in different places, creating completely different characters. This article discusses this phenomenon and its implications for language learners.

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  5. Chinese vocabulary challenge, March 10th to 31st

    It’s time for a Chinese vocabulary challenge! Enrol, set your goal and learn or review as as much as you can before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for how to learn vocabulary in Chinese.

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  6. What your Chinese course will not teach you

    Taking a Chinese course will give you a framework for learning the language, but it’s far from enough. This article is about what you need to do apart from going to class.

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