Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Olle Linge, Author at Hacking Chinese

  1. Chinese listening challenge, February 10th to 29th


    It’s time for a Chinese listening challenge! Enrol, set your goal and listen 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 what to listen to.

    Read →

  2. Learn Chinese faster by leaving your comfort zone

    If learning feels like unicycling down this slope, you're doing it right!

    If you want to learn Chinese faster, you have to make sure you leave your comfort zone and challenge yourself as much and as often as you can. There are many things of doing this, including immersing yourself in language above your current level or putting yourself in situations that demand a higher level of performance. Leave your comfort zone!

    Read →

  3. Using voice messaging to practise Chinese speaking and listening

    voice messaging

    Voice messaging can be a powerful way to practise Chinese speaking and listening ability. It has several advantages for language learners, including the ability to record and listen more than once, as well as reducing the pressure that some learners feel when talking to native speakers the first few times.

    Read →

  4. Articles by me published elsewhere: January 2016 round-up

    image description

    I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up on Hacking Chinese. Some things are for upcoming projects, but much is written for other websites. In this post, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before January 2016.

    Read →

  5. How I learnt Chinese, part 1: Where it all started


    This is the first part in a series of articles about how I learnt Chinese. It covers the very beginning, why I became interested in learning Chinese and how that transformed into an opportunity to actually learn.

    Read →

  6. Can you use English learning materials to study Chinese?


    There’s a very large number of books available for Chinese people learning English, but even if it’s tempting to think that we can use these to learn Chinese, doing so comes with several problems. ESL books have their use, but not as many as you might think.

    Read →

  7. Hacking Chinese New Year challenge, January 10th to 31st


    It’s time for the first Hacking Chinese challenge in 2016! The focus of the challenge is up to you to decide: choose between clearing unfinished projects from last year or establishing good learning habits for the rest of 2016. The challenge starts on January 10th.

    Read →

  8. Best of Hacking Chinese 2015


    Over 70 articles were published on Hacking Chinese in 2015, but which were the most popular? What about the most important? In this article, I list the top ten articles from 2015, both by reader count and by editor’s (my) choice.

    Read →

  9. Learning tones in Mandarin is not optional


    Learning tones in Mandarin is not optional. The longer you wait before paying attention to tones, the more you will have to relearn later. If you don’t know the tone, you don’t know the word. It takes time to learn to hear tones and treat them as integral parts of syllables, but the sooner you start, the better.

    Read →

  10. Are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese?


    When asked the question if there are any shortcuts when learning Chinese, some people answer “no”, others “yes”. This is probably because they’re talking about different things. No, there is no method that will enable you to master Chinese without spending an awful lot of time studying. Yes, there are many things you can do to make learning more efficient.

    Read →