Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Recent articles about how to learn Mandarin

  1. Learning Chinese by playing board games

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    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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  2. Expanding your Chinese with 一步一个脚印

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

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    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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  4. Challenge site upgrade + September translation challenge

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    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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  5. Extra course content and new-semester discount

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    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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  6. Learning to read handwritten Chinese

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    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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  7. Transcribing Chinese audio as an active form of listening practice

    Transcribing Chinese audio as an active form of listening

    Transcribing audio is a very active method of practising listening ability that encourages you to pay attention to detail. It works for all proficiency levels and is a great weapon in your arsenal to conquer Chinese listening ability.

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  8. Escape: A text adventure game for Chinese learners

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    Escape is a text game for Chinese learners. It works like a graded reader with level-adjusted content, except that it’s also interactive! You have been captured and need to escape. To do this, you need to understand what happens and make the right choices based on what you read.

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  9. Hacking Chinese on Patreon: Support me and get awesome rewards!

    Support Hacking Chinese on Patreon!

    Hacking Chinese has been around for six years and I have written more than 300 articles about a better way of learning Mandarin. Now I ask for your support to expand Hacking Chinese further and make it even more useful for students and teachers!

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  10. How I learnt Chinese, part 6: Graduate program in Taiwan

    We can still make progress, of course, and if we enjoy it, we can also achieve a lot. But it's not easy.

    In this sixth part of the story of how I learnt Chinese, I talk about my two years in a master’s program for teaching Chinese as a second language in Taiwan. I share three main insight about motivation, extra-curricular activities and advanced learning.

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