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Articles in the ‘Listening’ category

  1. How to learn to hear the tones in Mandarin


    Learning to hear the difference between tones in Mandarin can be difficult for adult learners. In this article, I introduce two effective ways of overcoming this problem, as well as my own research project, which is meant to help students and will be available soon.

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  2. Chinese listening practice with 锵锵三人行


    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. The 10 best free listening resource collections for learning Chinese

    This article lists the ten most popular free listening resource collections currently available on Hacking Chinese Resources. It’s a great list containing most of my favourite listening sources! Each resource comes with a brief introduction as well as notes for which level it is appropriate. This list is for learners of all levels!

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  10. Change your attitude to enjoy life and learn more Chinese

    Attitude is one of the key factors when learning a language as well as for life in general. This article is about how a change of perspective can turn negative situations into learning opportunities and become a happier person overall.

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