Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles in the ‘Recommended resources’ category

  1. 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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  2. ChinesePod review: Your companion to Mandarin fluency

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    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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  3. Best of Hacking Chinese 2015

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

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

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    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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  6. Chinese learning tools and resources worth paying for

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    This article introduced the few tools and resources I think you should consider paying for when learning Chinese. The first list contains things you really should pay for, the second of things I recommend paying for, but which aren’t strictly necessary. Do you agree? Which things do you think worth paying for?

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  7. 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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  8. Review: FluentU Chinese

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    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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  9. 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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  10. 24 great resources for improving your Mandarin pronunciation

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    In this article, I list 24 great resources for learning pronunciation. Naturally, some of them are limited to Mandarin Chinese, but many are more general in nature and works for other Chinese dialects or even other languages. Resources are sorted into Basic sound references, Pronunciation explained, Advice on learning pronunciation and Useful software and applications.

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