Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Olle Linge, Author at Hacking Chinese

  1. Mimicking native speakers as a way of learning Chinese

    Using Audacity to mimic native speakers

    Mimicking native speakers very closely is one of my favourite ways of learning a number of things, but mainly pronunciation and intonation. It’s also a good way of learning vocabulary and grammar. This article contains step-by-step instructions for how to mimic your way to the next level!

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  2. 7 kinds of tone problems and what to do about them


    Tones are tricky to learn and students often encounter many different kinds of problems. Since the solution to them are very different, it’s important to understand what the problem actually is before you try to do something about it!

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  3. Chinese character challenge, October 10th to 31st


    Let’s learn characters together! If you need to expand your knowledge of characters, fight you ever-increasing review queue or just learn more of them, this challenge is for you. Enrol, set a goal and learn as much as you can before the end of the month!

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  4. An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners


    Extensive reading is when you read more text at a higher level of comprehension (around 98%), which should be contrasted by intensive reading when you need assistance to understand the text. Most courses focus only on intensive reading, but you should actually spend most of your time on extensive reading.

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  5. Learning Chinese by playing board games


    Playing board games in Chinese is an entertaining and powerful way of learning the language. Depending on what game you choose, it’s suitable for beginners and advanced students alike. Apart from playing, the game itself can also work as a common point for discussions and socialising.

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  6. Expanding your Chinese with 一步一个脚印


    一步一个脚印 is a blog about translating and interpreting Chinese, providing high quality posts about vocabulary and expressions in Chinese and English, as well as interpretation and translation exercises.

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  7. Overcoming the problem of having too many Chinese words to learn


    Learning words is very important, but how should you deal with the fact that there are so many of them to learn? This article discusses the problem of having too many words to learn and suggests some solutions to get around the problem.

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  8. Challenge site upgrade + September translation challenge


    This month’s Hacking Chinese challenge is about translation from your native language to Chinese. Enrol, set your goal and translate as much as you can before the end of the month. This post also contains information about a recent upgrade to the challenge site.

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  9. Extra course content and new-semester discount


    I have added content to my course in the form of a study checklist highlighting things you can do to upgrade the way you’re learning Chinese. I also offer a new-semester discount for the course, valid until the end of Thursday next week (September 8th).

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  10. Learning to read handwritten Chinese


    Reading handwritten Chinese is not easy, even if you can read standard fonts okay. This is about practising using computer fonts that mimic handwriting. It also shows a number of useful fonts you can try.

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