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I have studied three foreign languages in various situations: English, French and Chinese. In my language learning life so far, I have been taught a lot about grammar, words and culture, but I have seldom been taught the most important thing of all: how to learn a language. Most teachers and textbooks focus on the language itself and present material for the students to learn, but forget that there is much to say about how one should go about learning those things in an efficient way. Even more important, successful learning requires a long-term strategy, but most courses and teachers only offer short-term solutions.
On Hacking Chinese, I try to answer questions like:
- How do you improve listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese?
- How do we learn characters and words efficiently?
- How do we organise and plan our studying to make sure we reach our goals?
- How can we become fluent within a reasonable time frame?
This website is dedicated to unveiling the mysteries of learning a language in general and about learning Chinese in particular. If you don’t take responsibility and think for yourself, it will take ages to reach a decent level, but if you become aware of how to learn and study efficiently, fluency is within reach.
If you’re new to Hacking Chinese, I suggest you check the welcome page. It features the most important content on this website, along with a brief introduction to what Hacking Chinese is.
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If you like what I’m doing, please support me. How much you want to donate is up to you; even small donations count!
I provide all articles on Hacking Chinese for free, without advertisement. The 100+ articles on this website have taken hundreds of hours of my spare time to write. I’m not sure readers realise how much time I invest in Hacking Chinese, but I can tell you that it will be impossible to keep this up forever without receiving something in return. Rather than focusing less on Hacking Chinese, I would like to focus more! Please support me to make this possible.
The following people have supported Hacking Chinese, a big thank you to everyone who has contributed! The list is sorted according to the amount donated, so most support first:
- Stephen Lesser
- Susan Margaret
- Marjolein Hoekstra
- Ben Sangree
- Erik Andersson
- Dmitriy Khripkov
My strength is that I am a non-native speaker of Chinese who has reached an advanced level (I’m currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in teaching Chinese as a foreign language for native speakers and I’m doing quite well so far). This means that apart from being able to teach, I also have broad knowledge of methods, resources and tools that will help you reach your goals. Depending on the situation, I might be open for normal lessons, but language coaching is what I think I do best.
In essence, if you hire me, you hire the mind behind Hacking Chinese. I will do my best to help you, but exactly what that means and how it will be achieved depends on you. Here are some examples of what people have hired me to do before. If you want to hire me, use the contact form below:
- Language coaching: Learning a language is a massive undertaking and learners sometimes rightfully feel lost. What’s the next step? What should I be focusing on? How can I prepare myself for going to China? How can I maintain my Chinese after leaving China? How can I ensure I get the most out of the time and money I invest in learning Chinese?
- Lecturing and teaching: I have previously held lectures about study technique for Chinese, mostly focusing on how to learn the important things that usually aren’t taught in a classroom, such as how to learn vocabulary sufficiently, what resources exist online to help you learn on your own and much more. Judging from the responses I’ve received from these lectures, students really lack this kind of guidance.
- Consulting and analysing: I have seen my share of textbooks, learning software and websites. I have also gone through the process of learning three foreign languages to an advanced level. I also seem to be fairly good at dissecting and analysing things in a systematic manner. If you’re developing any kind of product related to Chinese and want my help, I will do my best to provide insightful comments and help you succeed.
This should cover most of the reasons why you want to hire me. If you are interested, please use the contact form below.
Having covered the most important things about the website above, I think it might be in order to say something about myself. Hi! My name is Olle Linge (Chinese name: 凌雲龍). In short, I’m a Swedish guy who takes an interest in too many things. Studying languages (mostly Chinese and English) is what’s occupied most of my time since graduating from high school and I have a degree in teaching both Chinese and English. My Chinese studies so far include three years of studying in Sweden and two-and-a-half years in Taiwan. I’m currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in teaching Chinese as a second language in Taipei.
Apart from languages, I like writing (articles, fiction, games), sports (gymnastics,unicycling, diving, volleyball) and games (role-playing, boardgames, Rubik’s cube). Since this website is not about myself, I suggest you take a look at my personal website, Snigel.nu, if you want to know more!
If you want to contact me, there are several options, depending on what you want:
- Comments on specific posts: The easiest way is to use the built-in comment system, which shows your comment to other visitors and also allows you to keep track of follow-ups to your comment. I will get back to you as soon as I see the comment, so make sure to tick the box which will send you a notification e-mail when further comments are posted.
- Questions about studying Chinese: This page is about learning Chinese, so it’s only natural that you as a visitor have some questions regarding this. Apart from posting comments to specific articles, you can also ask me questions directly.
- Public communication in general: If you want to say something in general, I suggest using Twitter or Facebook. Even if I don’t promise that I will reply to everything, I will do my best! I think the community part of learning Chinese online is very important, so do check out both these services.
- Private communication: If you want to contact me directly, kindly use the contact form:
Table of ContentsWelcome!
Attitude and mentality
Organising and planning
Key study hacks
Learning in class
Learning outside class
Immersion and integration
Science and research
A chronological list of all posts
An alphabetical list of all tags
About Hacking Chinese
- Chris on Using Audacity to learn Chinese (speaking and listening)
- Gerlinde on Using Audacity to learn Chinese (speaking and listening)
- Alex J. on Using Audacity to learn Chinese (speaking and listening)
- Trung Hieu on Chinese character challenge: Towards a more sensible way of learning to write Chinese
- Steven on Learning Chinese in the shower with me
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