Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles in the ‘Recommended resources’ category

  1. Introducing Chinese quiz tournaments on WordSwing

    Playing games, especially with other people in a situation of friendly competition, is a great way of boosting motivation. This post introduces a first version of a Chinese quiz tournament (free) that Kevin and I have created over at WordSwing.

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  2. Best of Hacking Chinese 2016

    Here are the top ten articles on Hacking Chinese, based on page views and editorial opinion. Even if you haven’t had time to read many articles over the year, at least make sure you have checked these out!

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  3. Expanding your Chinese with 一步一个脚印

    一步一个脚印 is a blog about translating and interpreting Chinese, providing high quality posts about vocabulary and expressions in Chinese and English, as well as interpretation and translation exercises.

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  4. Escape: A text adventure game for Chinese learners

    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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  5. The 5 best Chinese reading resources for beginners

    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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  6. I have published a book!

    Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin: Paperback

    I have published a book! It’s called Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin. Get the paperback now and get the audio version for free!

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  7. ChinesePod review: Your companion to Mandarin fluency

    In this ChinesePod review, we take a close look at one of the best resources available for learning Mandarin online. Can you beat 3,700 lessons?

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  8. Best of Hacking Chinese 2015

    Over 70 articles were published on Hacking Chinese in 2015, but which were the most popular? What about the most important? In this article, I list the top ten articles from 2015, both by reader count and by editor’s (my) choice.

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  9. Zooming out: The resources you need to put Chinese in context

    In order to learn efficiently, it’s important that you integrate your knowledge. This means being able to break down Chinese in order to understand it, as well as looking at context and sorting out confusing cases. In this second article, I introduce tools for zooming out and putting things in context.

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  10. Zooming in: The tools you need to break down and understand Chinese

    In order to learn efficiently, it’s important that you integrate your knowledge. This means being able to break down Chinese in order to understand it, but it also means looking at context and sorting out confusing cases. In this first article, I introduce tools for breaking Chinese down.

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