Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles in the ‘About Hacking Chinese’ category

  1. Chinese learning challenges, May 2018: Writing + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. There will be two challenges in May, one open challenge where you choose your own focus (starting May 1st), and then a writing challenge (starting May 15th). Enrol, share and enjoy!

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  2. Chinese reading challenge, April 2018

    It’s time for a reading challenge! It starts on April 15th, so enrol, set your goal and read 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 some advice about improving reading ability in Chinese.

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  3. Chinese learning challenges, April 2018: Reading + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. There will be two challenges in April, one open challenge where you choose your own focus (starting April 1st), and then a reading challenge (starting April 15th).

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  4. Chinese vocabulary challenge, March 2018

    It’s time for a vocabulary challenge! It starts on March 15th, so enrol, set your goal and listen 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 some advice about learning vocabulary.

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  5. Chinese learning challenges, March 2018: Vocabulary + open

    Motivation is one of the key factors when learning a language. Being motivated might not mean that you learn more efficiently (more Chinese per hour studied), but it definitely means that you spend more time, hence also learning more Chinese. The purpose of Hacking Chinese Challenges is to provide a framework where you can set […]

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  6. Chinese listening challenge, February 2018

    Hacking Chinese Listening Challenge

    It’s time for a listening challenge! It starts on February 15th, so enrol, set your goal and listen 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 what to listen to.

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  7. Chinese New Year and New Semester Course Discount

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    To mark the Chinese New Year and the start of a new semester, I offer a time-limited discount for my video/audio/text course, valid until the end of this week (February 18th).

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  8. Chinese learning challenges, February 2018: Listening + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. Starting in February, there will be two challenges every month, each lasting for two weeks. The first is an open challenge where you can choose your own topic; the second is a focused challenge where we all work on the same skill. For February, that means listening.

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  9. Whom should you trust for advice about learning Chinese?

    There’s a lot of advice about how to learn Chinese floating around on forums, chat groups, social media, video services and blogs. Including Hacking Chinese. So how do you know whom you should trust? This article answers that question by discussing what my articles are based on.

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  10. Will reading Hacking Chinese help you learn Mandarin?

    Is it a good idea to learn how to learn, or is it better to spend that time actually learning? As usual, the answer is that it depends, but if your goal is to really learn Chinese, investing in tweaking the method you use will pay off.

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