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Attitude and mentality

I believe that attitude and mentality is the single most important thing in life. This isn’t limited to language learning, but since learning Chinese is what this website is about, the articles here are mostly about language learning. Attitude is something that can be changed over time and if we want to master Chinese, we need to have a healthy attitude both towards the language itself and towards learning it.

When I say attitude, I mean attitude towards everything related to learning Chinese, the general mentality we adopt when learning. This includes attitude towards others, how we approach native speakers, teachers and fellow students, how we ask questions, how we receive feedback and much more. It also includes our attitude towards ourselves. Accepting and embracing failure and mistakes as a way of learning is perhaps the most important lesson, but there are of course many others. We need to believe that Chinese can be learnt, but we also need to understand that it won’t happen overnight and that we need to invest long-term in order to reach our goals.

Here are all articles on Hacking Chinese related to attitude and mentality (scroll down to see all of them in a text-only list):


All articles
Chinese is fascinating and exciting, not weird and stupid
Learning Chinese is easier than you think
Mental models and making mistakes
The art of being corrected
Take responsibility for your own learning now
Native speakers and native speakers
You won’t learn Chinese simply by living abroad
Escaping the convenience trap
Four different kinds of mistakes: Problem analysis
Achieving the impossible by being inspired
The kamikaze approach to learning Chinese
Enjoying the journey while focusing on the destination
Can you become fluent in Chinese in three months?
Learning efficiently vs. learning quickly
Advancing in spite of praise
The 10,000 hour rule – Blood, sweat and tears
Study according to your current productivity level
Have fun learning Chinese or else…
You can’t learn Chinese characters by rote
The Cthulhu bubble and studying Chinese
You shouldn’t walk the road to Chinese fluency alone
Immersion at home or: Why you don’t have to go abroad to learn Chinese
You might be too lazy to learn Chinese, but you’re not too old
Learning how to learn Chinese through self-experimentation
Hacking Chinese: Contradictory and provoking?
Studying Chinese when your grades matter
Why you need goals to learn Chinese efficiently
What’s your next step to master Chinese?
Your slumps affect your language learning more than your flows
Preparing for rainy days and dealing with slumps
Asking the experts: How to bridge the gap to real Chinese
Chinese immersion with Carl Gene Fordham
Habit hacking for language learners
Learning how to fish: Or, why it’s essential to know how to learn
Asking the experts: How to learn Chinese grammar
How to Approach Chinese Grammar
The three roads to mastering Chinese
How to find out how good your Chinese pronunciation really is
How to reach a decent level of Chinese in 100 days
Language learning with a Chinese girlfriend or boyfriend
Is speaking more important than listening when learning Chinese?
How long have you studied Chinese?
Study more Chinese: Time boxing vs. micro goals
About cheating, spaced repetition and learning Chinese
How long have you studied Chinese? 290 years or 58 992 hours!
Change your attitude to enjoy life and learn more Chinese
How to find the time and motivation to read more Chinese
Is Chinese difficult to learn?
How knowing your best performance in Chinese can help you improve
How focusing on intent can help you learn Chinese characters
Three steps to more and better Chinese listening practice
Will a Chinese-only rule improve your learning?


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