Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles in the ‘About Hacking Chinese’ category

  1. Spaced repetition is not limited to flashcards

    Spaced repetition is important for learning anything, but especially vocabulary in a foreign language like Chinese. However, there’s much more to spaced repetition than vocabulary flashcard apps! Even if you dislike such apps, make sure you incorporate spaced repetition in some other way.

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  2. Best of Hacking Chinese 2016

    Here are the top ten articles on Hacking Chinese, 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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  3. Chinese translation challenge, December 10th to 31st

    It’s time for a translation challenge, from Chinese to your native language this time. This challenge is presented in cooperation with Marco Polo Project, which is an excellent platform for translation and translator. Enrol, set a goal and translate as much as you can before the end of the month!

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  4. Chinese mimicking challenge, November 10th to 30th

    Let’s improve our speaking ability together! Mimicking is one of the best ways of improving pronunciation, prosody and even vocabulary and grammar when speaking. Enrol, pick a model to mimic and see how close you can get/how much you can mimic before the end of the month!

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  5. How I learnt Chinese, part 7: Teaching, writing, learning

    This is the 7th part of the story of how I learnt Chinese, bringing us up to date and probably a few years into the future as well. Topics covered include: motivation, distributed learning and teaching as a learning method.

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  6. Chinese character challenge, October 10th to 31st

    Let’s learn characters together! If you need to expand your knowledge of characters, fight you ever-increasing review queue or just learn more of them, this challenge is for you. Enrol, set a goal and learn as much as you can before the end of the month!

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  7. Challenge site upgrade + September translation challenge

    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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  8. Extra course content and new-semester discount

    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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  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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