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Articles in the ‘Advanced’ category

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. How to talk about Chinese characters in Chinese

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    As a learner of Chinese, it’s useful to be able to talk about Chinese characters in Chinese. The right way is not to learn the names of the strokes, but learn how native speakers talk about characters.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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