Hacking Chinese

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Articles in the ‘Advanced’ category

  1. 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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  2. Are you practising Chinese the right way?

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    The most efficient way of learning something is not necessarily the most straightforward one. However, the farther your way of practising is removed from the target activity, the more you need to make sure that you’re actually learning the right things.

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  3. The benefits of using 语文/國文 textbooks to learn Chinese

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    Using textbooks meant for native speakers is a great way of improving your reading and writing, as well as learning about literature and culture in general. 语文/國文 textbooks are difficult, but also very rewarding!

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  4. Accessing Chinese culture through cartoons

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    Accessing Chinese culture can be very hard if you go through the original stories or written versions. If you go through cartoons online, however, it not only becomes easier, it’s also more fun!

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  5. How to talk about Chinese characters in Chinese

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    There are two problems when talking about Chinese characters in Chinese: How do you identify a written character using only spoken language? Once identified, how do you describe how that character is written, again using only spoken language? For new learners, it might not be clear why these are problems. Talking about words in English […]

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  6. Don’t forget to consolidate the Chinese you have already studied

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    Learning new things is important, but sometimes it’s more important to focus on things you have already studied. This article is about how to consolidate the Chinese you have already conquered.

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  7. The best Twitter feeds for learning Chinese in 2016

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    Learning Chinese through Twitter is great because it gives you bite-sized chunks. This post presents the best Twitter feeds for learning Chinese in 2016.

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  8. How going shopping can help you learn Chinese

    How going shopping can help you learn Chinese

    Shopping can be a great way of learning a language. By having similar conversations many times in different shops, you can gradually improve your speaking ability.

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  9. Why you should start blogging in Chinese today

    Why you should start blogging in Chinese today

    Blogging in Chinese is a great way of improving your writing ability. It gives you structure and accountability, and people can help you by giving feedback.

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  10. How technology can stop you from learning Chinese

    How technology can stop you from learning Chinese

    Technology has changed the way we learn Chinese, but not only to the better. This article highlights areas where digital learning is actually bad for you.

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