Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in April 2017

  1. Comprehension-based listening vs deep end immersion

    What works best for improving listening ability, graded content targeted at your specific level or deep-end immersion? The answer is that both approaches are necessary, but which you use depends a lot on practical considerations, as well as how much time and energy you have to invest.

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  2. 8 great ways to scaffold your Chinese learning

    Scaffolding is a way of helping you cope with things that is actually too hard. As a student of Chinese, this is something you really need, because the listening and reading material on offer is often way too difficult!

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  3. Analysis paralysis: When choosing method becomes a problem

    If you spend more time tweaking your method than you gain from making it more efficient, you might suffer from analysis paralysis. If you spend most of the time thinking about how to learn Chinese, you spend less time actually learning the language, meaning you’d be better of not caring about the method at all! Or would you?

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