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Articles in the ‘Reading’ 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. Escape: A text adventure game for Chinese learners

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    Escape is a text game for Chinese learners. It works like a graded reader with level-adjusted content, except that it’s also interactive! You have been captured and need to escape. To do this, you need to understand what happens and make the right choices based on what you read.

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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. The 5 best Chinese reading resources for beginners

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    Finding suitable reading material can be difficult as a beginner. This post presents five excellent reading resources for beginner students of Chinese.

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  5. Learning Chinese through comprehensible input

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    Comprehensible input is a key component to learning Chinese. This article focuses on the importance of understanding when listening and reading Chinese.

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  6. Can you use English learning materials to study Chinese?

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    There’s a very large number of books available for Chinese people learning English, but even if it’s tempting to think that we can use these to learn Chinese, doing so comes with several problems. ESL books have their use, but not as many as you might think.

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  7. Chinese character variants and fonts for language learners

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    Chinese character variants and regional font standards can be really confusing for language learners. As if simplified/traditional wasn’t enough, characters can look different depending on the font used or where the text was printed! This article will help you understand what’s going on.

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  8. Why you should read Chinese on your phone

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    Reading Chinese in this digital age is a lot easier than it used to, but it’s actually even easier than many students think. The benefits of reading on your phone are important, including instant access to vocabulary, smaller chunks of text, portability and a sense of getting somewhere when you read. If you haven’t read a Chinese text on your phone yet, you really should give it a try.

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

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    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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  10. Review: Mandarin Companion graded readers (Level 1)

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    Graded readers are an important step on your journey to becoming literate in Chinese. In this article, I review five books in the Mandarin Companion series, level 1, which uses only 300 unique characters. These books are useful for both beginners (extra reading) and intermediate learners (extensive reading).

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