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Articles by me published elsewhere: October round-up

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I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up here on Hacking Chinese. Some things will be available later, such as the book I’m working on and some upcoming articles, but much is written for other websites.

If you want to read more about my different roles on Skritter and About.com, please read the first monthly round-up. If you want to view all articles written by me but published elsewhere, check my bibliography page.

Here’s what I wrote up to the beginning of October:

Various articles about Mandarin on About.com
September, 2014 – About.com
These articles were all published on About.com through my role as Mandarin expert writer there:

  1. Learning Mandarin through music and lyrics: Why music should be part of your study plan
  2. Music Mandarin: Cui Jian – “I have nothing”: Learn Mandarin by listening to music and studying the lyrics
  3. Music Mandarin: Matzka – “Tears for my Love”: Learn Mandarin by listening to music and studying the lyrics
  4. Fraud-proof Chinese numerals: The banker’s way of writing Chinese numbers
  5. Chengyu – Chinese idiomatic expressions: What chengyu are and how to learn them
  6. Classical Chinese: What it is and how it relates to modern Mandarin
  7. Chinese festivals: An introduction to the festivals you should know about
  8. Shang – “up” – Chinese character profile: A closer look at the character Shang (“up”), its meanings and usages
  9. Xia – “down” – Chinese character profile: A closer look at the character Xia; (“down”), its meanings and usages

Shapeshifting characters: Alternate forms of radicals
September, 2014 – Skritter
Some Chinese characters change their appearance depending on which character it appears in. A few of the characters have very different forms as radicals and when they appear as individual characters. This is confusing for beginners and this article is meant to address that problem. Did you know that 心, 忄 and ⺗ are actually different versions of the same character?

How to tackle a large review queue
September, 2014 – SkritterI usually advice students to use some kind of spaced repetition program, but since Chinese isn’t the only thing in our lives, we all accumulate review queues sometimes. In this article, I talk about how to tackle these without giving up or burning oneself out. I have fought down queues of several thousand characters more than once, I know what I’m talking about.

That’s it for now! This also means that I’m now up-to-date with these summaries and will post one every month from now on, collecting the articles from the previous months. If you like Hacking Chinese or what I’m writing in general, the best thing you can do is to share! Donations are also more than welcome!

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