Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Recent articles about how to learn Mandarin

  1. Comprehension-based listening vs deep end immersion

    What works best for improving listening ability, graded content targeted at your specific level or deep-end immersion? The answer is that both approaches are necessary, but which you use depends a lot on practical considerations, as well as how much time and energy you have to invest.

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  2. 8 great ways to scaffold your Chinese learning

    Scaffolding is a way of helping you cope with things that is actually too hard. As a student of Chinese, this is something you really need, because the listening and reading material on offer is often way too difficult!

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  3. Analysis paralysis: When choosing method becomes a problem

    If you spend more time tweaking your method than you gain from making it more efficient, you might suffer from analysis paralysis. If you spend most of the time thinking about how to learn Chinese, you spend less time actually learning the language, meaning you’d be better of not caring about the method at all! Or would you?

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  4. Chinese reading challenge, April 1st to 30th

    It’s time for a reading challenge on Hacking Chinese! It starts on April 1st and end at the end of the month. Enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can. 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. How to become a Chinese-English translator and what it’s like to be one

    This is an interview with Carl Gene Fordham about how to become a Chinese-English translator and what it’s like to work as one. The questions were collected from readers and combined into this interview!

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  6. 10 ways of using games to learn and teach Chinese

    Playing games to learn Chinese

    Playing games is a powerful way of learning languages. Apart from being fun, they also provide an active way to communicate in Chinese, within limits set by the game. This article gives a broad overview of ten different ways you can use games to learn or teach a foreign language.

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  7. A student’s guide to comprehension-based learning

    In this third and final article, the focus is on how students can make their own learning comprehension-based, with or without a teacher. It draws from the principles and ideas of the previous articles and allows you to apply these to your own learning.

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  8. How was your first semester of learning Chinese?

    The start of a journey is very important. The purpose of the survey in this article is to better understand what students think about their first semester of learning Chinese. The goal is of course to provide better help and support for beginners!

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  9. The benefits of a comprehension-based approach for teaching and learning Chinese

    Diane Neubauer continues her series of guest articles about comprehension-based approaches to teaching and learning Chinese. In this the second part, the focus is on principles and motivations for using a comprehension-based method. There’s also an overview of teaching practices that fall into this category.

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  10. Introducing Chinese quiz tournaments on WordSwing

    Playing games, especially with other people in a situation of friendly competition, is a great way of boosting motivation. This post introduces a first version of a Chinese quiz tournament (free) that Kevin and I have created over at WordSwing.

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