Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

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  1. Zooming in: The tools you need to break down and understand Chinese

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    In order to learn efficiently, it’s important that you integrate you knowledge. This means being able to break down Chinese in order to understand it, but it also means looking at context and sorting out confusing cases. In this first article, I introduce tools for breaking Chinese down.

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  2. Chinese learning tools and resources worth paying for

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    This article introduced the few tools and resources I think you should consider paying for when learning Chinese. The first list contains things you really should pay for, the second of things I recommend paying for, but which aren’t strictly necessary. Do you agree? Which things do you think worth paying for?

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  3. The illusion of advanced learning and what to do about it

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    How much Chinese will you know when you have finished a certain textbook? Less than you think! In this article, I discuss the danger of relying too much on one textbook series and the importance of broadening your knowledge rather than making it advanced in just a few, small areas.

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  4. Why you should read Chinese on your phone

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    Reading Chinese in this digital age is a lot easier than it used to, but it’s actually even easier than many students think. The benefits of reading on your phone are important, including instant access to vocabulary, smaller chunks of text, portability and a sense of getting somewhere when you read. If you haven’t read a Chinese text on your phone yet, you really should give it a try.

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  5. Articles by me published elsewhere: July 2015 round-up

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    I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up 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. In this post, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before July.

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  6. Chinese reading challenge, August 10th to 31st

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    It’s time for an extensive reading challenge! Enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can before the end of August. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for what to read.

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  7. Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA: Part 2

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    Which transcription system should you use for Mandarin Chinese: Pinyin, Zhuyin or perhaps IPA? Which system you start out with isn’t extremely important, but if you care about pronunciation, it certainly helps to learn more than one system. In this article, I discuss the pros and cons of all three systems and offer some advice about learning pronunciation.

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  8. Articles by me published elsewhere: June 2015 round-up

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    I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up 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. In this post, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before June.

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  9. Chinese listening practice with 锵锵三人行

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    锵锵三人行 is one of the few Chinese TV programs I actually like. It’s also one of the best ones for language learners too, mostly because of it’s heavy focus on talking, availability of transcripts and variety of both guests and topics. This should be a key component of any immersion effort, but you probably need to be upper intermediate or above to benefit.

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  10. Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA: Part 1

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    Learning to pronounce Mandarin involves several steps. You need to first discriminate between and then identify the sounds, but you also need to be able to write them down and also be able to read how words are pronounced. In this article, I discuss this process and how you should go about it. It also contains advice for what to avoid!

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