Hacking Chinese

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Articles in the ‘Reading’ category

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

    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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  3. The 9 best Twitter feeds for learning Chinese

    Who should you follow on Twitter if you want to learn Chinese? There’s an increasing number of people who tweet excellent language content within the 140 character limit, often with pictures. This article contains a list of the 9 best ones, including a short intro and examples of what they tweet.

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  4. Hone your Chinese writing ability by writing summaries

    Writing summaries is an excellent combination of reading and writing practice. It’s one of the most powerful learning activities I know when it comes to improving writing ability. In this article, I discuss how to improve writing ability in general, but with a clear focus on why and how writing summaries should be part of your study routine.

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  5. Using Chinese textbooks to improve reading ability

    Textbooks are underrated as a source of reading material for beginners and intermediate students. By using more than one textbook series, you reap the benefits of using textbooks, while avoiding the main drawback, the lack of diversity. This article discusses how and why textbooks are important for most learners of Chinese.

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  6. The new paperless revolution in Chinese reading

    In this (guest) article, David Moser writes about the importance of going digital in your Chinese reading practice. With the right tools and the right approach, learning to read Chinese becomes much easier. While it still requires time and dedication, it’s no longer as hard as it used to be. Don’t miss out on the paperless revolution in Chinese reading!

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  7. Chinese reading challenge, April 10th to April 30th

    It’s time for an extensive reading challenge! Enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can before the end of April. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for what to read.

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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. How translation can help you learn Chinese

    Translation can be a powerful way of learning Chinese. This article deals with translation from Chinese to your native language, something which is often overlooked, but nevertheless very useful.

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  10. Translation challenge, December 11th to 31th

    Translation is a very active way of learning a language that requires a large set of skills useful in the real world. It works well for students at any level and depending on in which direction you translate, you practise both reading and writing. This month’s challenge is about translation and it starts on December 11th. Join today!

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