Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin


Hacking Chinese focuses on how to learn Chinese, something which is neglected by most teachers and courses that simply focus on what to learn. By putting the process in focus, I strive to unveil the mysteries of language learning and thereby help you improve the way you learn. I don’t think there is a golden path to instant success, so instead I do my very best to provide both inspiration and information about how to learn, enabling you to find your own way. I have learnt Chinese to an advanced level myself as an adult and I have the relevant education and experience to help you. Let Hacking Chinese be your guide to successful language learning!

If you’re new to Hacking Chinese, you probably want to check out the introductory article to your particular level. Each article contains some basic information along with a number of articles that might interest you:

  1. Beginner
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

If you’re looking for help with a specific skill (such as listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary learning) or a certain area of language learning (such as study hacks, self-studying, immersion, mentality and planning), you can just click the links I just provided or check the complete list in the sidebar on the right.

If you’re looking for specific content, you can browse the archive, which contains all content on Hacking Chinese categorised and tagged for your convenience. Another quick way of finding what you’re looking for is to simply use the search function in the top right corner of the site.

If you like Hacking Chinese, you can do a number of things to keep yourself updated or get in touch with me.

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If you want to discuss things related to Chinese or learning Chinese, I suggest you head over to Chinese Forums.

Hacking Chinese? “Hacking”? “Chinese”?

“Hacking” means to gain access to hidden information using a skilled and sometimes secretive method. The ideas shared on this website aren’t secrets as such, but since I find that very few people indeed discuss them, in some cases they might as well have been tightly guarded state secrets. To learn Chinese, you need to to unlock and unveil the language and understand how it works, and you need to know how you can do this in a skilled way. In other words, you need to hack it!

To the outsider, “Chinese” might look like a straightforward term. It isn’t. However, what I mean here is simple enough: I mean all aspects of Chinese as it’s spoken, used, studied or otherwise exists in the world today. Most of the articles here are applicable to learning languages in general, others are even relevant for completely different subjects. As for spoken Chinese, I focus mostly on Mandarin, but if you for some reason want to learn another dialect, I can assure you that almost all articles here are still relevant. In fact, most of what I share here can be used for learning any language!

Opening doors rather than showing the correct way

The primary goal of Hacking Chinese is not to tell you the ultimate solution to all language learning problems, because it’s naive to think that there is such a golden path™ to instant success®. Research and science might lend credibility to certain methods, but even so, students and their learning environments differ wildly across space and time. My mission is to open doors and show you a multitude of paths to reach your destination, but it will be up to you to actually walk there.

Hacking Chinese is for everyone

This website is meant for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese, regardless if you haven’t started yet or if you have been studying for ten years and teach Chinese at university, if you study a few hours every week in your home country or if you study full-time living in China, if you study because you think Chinese is the most interesting language in the world or if you study because circumstances force you to do so. Naturally, different sections will be relevant for different groups, but I’m sure that you will find many interesting articles regardless of who you are. If you can’t find an article about a specific topic, you can always contact me!