Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles tagged with ‘Literacy’

  1. The real challenge with learning Chinese characters


    The real challenge when learning Chinese characters is not to commit a large number of them to memory, it’s to relate them to each other, including how they are used, how they are different and how they are similar. Creating such an interconnected web is a lifelong project.

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  2. Learn to read Chinese… with ease?

    Is it easy to learn to read Chinese? ShaoLan, among others, claims that it is. I don’t agree, and in this article I discuss some common trends among people who try to portray Chinese as being easy. I also discuss a number of reading-related topics: How many characters do you really need to know? Is there anything you can do to make learning characters easier?

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