Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles tagged with ‘Instruction’

  1. Learn Chinese implicitly through exposure with a seasoning of explicit instruction

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    Should you learn Chinese implicitly through exposure and usage, or explicitly through description and instruction? The answer is that adults need both, but that explicit learning is often used too much.

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  2. About fossilisation and improving your Chinese pronunciation

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    It’s a fact that most foreign adults don’t acquire native like pronunciation in Chinese, but what’s the reason? In most debates at this point, someone will throw in the word “fossilisation”, as if that actually explained anything. This article is about why the concept of fossilisation is bunk and how we should think about adult pronunciation instead.

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  3. Practising sports to learn Chinese and make friends

    Practising sports is a very good way of learning Chinese. It’s not only a way of learning the language itself, it’s also an excellent way of meeting new friends. I’ve practised a number of sports during my time in Taiwan and in this post, I share some of the experiences with you.

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