Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Recent articles about how to learn Mandarin

  1. How technology can help you learn Chinese

    How technology can help you learn Chinese

    Technology has changed the way we learn Chinese, mostly to the better. This article is about some of the most important implications of this, focusing mainly on the positive effects of technology.

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  2. Which Chinese language course should you take?

    Which Chinese language course should you take?

    This article will guide you through the most important factors to consider when choosing your Chinese language course, including location, price and extent.

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  3. How I learnt Chinese, part 3: My first year in Taiwan

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    This is the second part of the story of how I learnt Chinese. It covers my first year in Taiwan, starting in 2008.

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  4. Chinese reading challenge, April 10th to 30th

    Chinese reading challenge

    It’s time for an extensive reading challenge! Enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can before the end of April. 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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  5. I have published a book!

    Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin: Paperback

    I have published a book! It’s called Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin. Get the paperback now and get the audio version for free!

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  6. Should you learn the pronunciation of radicals?

    Pronunciation of radicals

    Learning character components in general is good, but should you learn the pronunciation of radicals? The answer can be both “yes” and “no” depending on what you mean!

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  7. Learning Chinese through comprehensible input

    Comprehensible input for learning Chinese

    Comprehensible input is a key component to learning Chinese. This article focuses on the importance of understanding when listening and reading Chinese.

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  8. ChinesePod review: Your companion to Mandarin fluency

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    In this ChinesePod review, we take a close look at one of the best resources available for learning Mandarin online. Can you beat 3,700 lessons?

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  9. Same components, different characters

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    Some Chinese characters consist of the same components in different places, creating completely different characters. This article discusses this phenomenon and its implications for language learners.

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  10. Chinese vocabulary challenge, March 10th to 31st

    Chinese vocabulary challenge

    It’s time for a Chinese vocabulary challenge! Enrol, set your goal and learn or review as 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 how to learn vocabulary in Chinese.

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