Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

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  1. Chinese listening challenge, February 2018

    Hacking Chinese Listening Challenge

    It’s time for a listening challenge! It starts on February 15th, so 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.

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  2. Chinese New Year and New Semester Course Discount

    Hacking Chinese logo

    To mark the Chinese New Year and the start of a new semester, I offer a time-limited discount for my video/audio/text course, valid until the end of this week (February 18th).

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  3. Learning to unicycle, learning anatomy and learning Chinese

    Is learning Chinese more like learning to unicycle or like learning anatomy? It strongly depends on what we’re talking about more precisely. Some aspects of language learning are skills akin to unicycling, others are more about knowing and understanding.

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  4. Chinese learning challenges, February 2018: Listening + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. Starting in February, there will be two challenges every month, each lasting for two weeks. The first is an open challenge where you can choose your own topic; the second is a focused challenge where we all work on the same skill. For February, that means listening.

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  5. Whom should you trust for advice about learning Chinese?

    There’s a lot of advice about how to learn Chinese floating around on forums, chat groups, social media, video services and blogs. Including Hacking Chinese. So how do you know whom you should trust? This article answers that question by discussing what my articles are based on.

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  6. Will reading Hacking Chinese help you learn Mandarin?

    Is it a good idea to learn how to learn, or is it better to spend that time actually learning? As usual, the answer is that it depends, but if your goal is to really learn Chinese, investing in tweaking the method you use will pay off.

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  7. Best of Hacking Chinese 2017

    Here are the top ten articles on Hacking Chinese in 2017, based on page views and editorial opinion. Even if you haven’t had time to read many articles over the year, at least make sure you have checked these out!

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  8. Chinese speaking challenge, December 2017

    Chinese speaking ability

    It’s time for the last challenge of the year and the topic is… speaking! Enrol, set your goal and improve your speaking ability as much as you can before the end of December. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for how to practice, along with a survey about Hacking Chinese Challenges.

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  9. Can you learn Chinese faster by making it harder?

    Throwing yourself into very challenging situations can be great for language learning, but so can focusing on large volumes of easier content too. So when should you use which approach? This article discusses if you can learn faster by making it harder.

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  10. Five text games for Chinese learners

    This article is about five text games for Chinese learners. It both introduces the games and asks for feedback about how they can become even more engaging and fun. Each game contains on average roughly 10,000 characters, which makes them on par with a typical graded reader.

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