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Articles in the ‘Listening’ category

  1. Chinese listening practice with 锵锵三人行

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    锵锵三人行 is one of the few Chinese TV programs I actually like. It’s also one of the best ones for language learners too, mostly because of it’s heavy focus on talking, availability of transcripts and variety of both guests and topics. This should be a key component of any immersion effort, but you probably need to be upper intermediate or above to benefit.

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  2. Learning Chinese through audio books

    Listening to audio books in a very good way to improve your listening ability beyond the basics. This article contains advice about how to choose a suitable novel, where to find it and how to listen to it.

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  3. Bite-sized learning isn’t enough to learn Chinese

    Bite-sized learning is great, but it’s not enough if you want to build real competence in Chinese listening and reading. To expose yourself to enough text and audio, you need long-form content that you can keep using even when you’re energy levels aren’t at 100%.

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  4. Chinese listening challenge, June 10th to June 30th

    It’s time for an extensive listening challenge! Enrol, set your goal and listen as much as you can before the end of June. 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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  5. Review: FluentU Chinese

    FluentU offers you authentic as well as learner-oriented videos for learning Chinese. A neat interface allows you to use an excellent pop-up dictionary and other useful features to watch and learn from videos. In this in-depth review, I highlight both pros and cons, but my overall impression is very favourable.

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  6. Three steps to more and better Chinese listening practice

    Listening to enough Chinese audio isn’t easy. It requires you to find suitable audio in large quantities as well as to make that audio easily accessible wherever you are. That’s not enough, though, you also need to be able to keep this up for weeks, months and years, and that’s where the real challenge is. This article is meant to help you listen to as much Chinese audio as you should.

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  7. Chinese listening challenge, March 10th to March 31st

    It’s time for an extensive listening challenge! Enrol, set your goal and listen as much as you can before the end of March. 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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  8. How knowing your best performance in Chinese can help you improve

    When learning Chinese, it’s important to know how good your best performance is, because this determines the way you study. If your best performance is good enough, you mostly need high-volume practice, more of the same will get you there. But if your best performance isn’t good enough, you need to change tactics and go for high-quality practice instead.

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  9. Learning how to ask for and receive directions in Chinese

    Asking for and receiving directions in Chinese might look very easy, it’s usually in the first part of a textbook series after all, but most students go through that chapter without actually learning the content. In this article, I discuss how to really learn this skill.

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  10. Extensive listening challenge, October 2014: Wrapping up

    This is the last day of the extensive listening challenge that was started three weeks ago. It was the first official challenge on Hacking Chinese Challenges. In total, 138 people joined the challenge and listened to a total of 890 hours of audio. What did you think about the challenge?

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