Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles tagged with ‘counting’

  1. Do you really know how to count in Chinese?

    Counting in a foreign language is one of the first things we learn, yet it takes very long to master numbers in a foreign language. Most students abandon practising numbers too early, leading to a surprising and serious gap in our knowledge: we simply don’t know the numbers as well as we think we do, which will cause problems both in real life and in listening comprehension tests.

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  2. The importance of counting what counts when learning Chinese

    The way in which we count proficiency or progress have a huge impact on how we study. This is relevant for teachers and students alike. Teachers should strive towards counting (grading) what counts (is important); students should do likewise when assessing themselves and also be aware of what kind of consequences counting the wrong things can have.

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