Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

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  1. Advanced listening and reading with Skeptoid Chinese

    Skeptoid is a podcast about popular myths, using science and research to examine them critically. The Chinese version is excellent practice for advanced learners, with both text and audio!

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  2. Hacking Chinese meet-up in Beijing, July 4th

    There will be a Hacking Chinese meet-up in Beijing on July 4th. The meet-up is meant to be a relaxed occasion where a common interest brings people together to exchange ideas and have a good time.

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  3. Task based Chinese learning and teaching

    Task based language learning and teaching is built around working with tasks in the target language with a clear focus on meaning (communication). Focus on form should come after the task has been completed.

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  4. Let’s play 迷霧中 (Into the Haze)

    Let’s play 迷霧中 (Into the Haze)! In this post, I share a video where I play a small part of the game, summarising and commenting on what’s going on in English (the game is of course in Mandarin).

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  5. How long do you have to study Chinese to make it useful?

    Learning Chinese and other languages is always useful. The real question should be what it’s useful for and what you need to get there. Still, you will never wake up one day and just know that you’re done, there’s always more!

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  6. Learning (or not learning) Chinese slang

    Learning slang in Chinese can be fun, but it’s worth remembering that in most situations, it’s actually much less useful than more standard ways of expression. Slang is used in a limited context and changes quickly.

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  7. Playing Codenames to learn Chinese

    Codenames is one of my favourite games, and it also happens to be an excellent game for language learning! In this article, I suggest ways of playing it in Chines, along with a tool that generates grids of code words for direct use in the classroom or elsewhere!

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  8. Chinese writing challenge, June 2017

    It’s time for a writing challenge! Enrol, set your goal and write as much as you can before the end of June. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as a discussion about how to improve writing ability.

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  9. What’s in a name? Hacking Chinese, 揭密中文

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    What does Hacking Chinese mean and how did the title come about? What’s the proper title in Chinese and why is that some native speakers think it’s a typo? This article takes a step back and looks at why Hacking Chinese (揭密中文) is called that!

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  10. Into the Haze: A new text adventure game for Chinese learners

    Into the Haze is an interactive text adventure game for Chines learners. Your brother is missing and you need to enter a city covered in a poisonous haze to find him. The story is presented through text and audio, and depending on your choices, the game will develop differently. If you make bad choices, perhaps because you didn’t fully understand the options, you might fail and will have to try again. Good luck!

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