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Articles tagged with ‘Motivation’

  1. Chinese reading challenge, October 2017

    It’s time for an extensive reading challenge! Enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can before the end of October. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for what to read.

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  2. 5 things Chinese students should do on the winter vacation

    What should Chinese students do on the winter vacation? Apart from recharging batteries, there are a number of things you should consider if you want optimal long-term results.

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  3. How I learnt Chinese, part 7: Teaching, writing, learning

    This is the 7th part of the story of how I learnt Chinese, bringing us up to date and probably a few years into the future as well. Topics covered include: motivation, distributed learning and teaching as a learning method.

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  4. How I learnt Chinese, part 6: Graduate program in Taiwan

    We can still make progress, of course, and if we enjoy it, we can also achieve a lot. But it's not easy.

    In this sixth part of the story of how I learnt Chinese, I talk about my two years in a master’s program for teaching Chinese as a second language in Taiwan. I share three main insight about motivation, extra-curricular activities and advanced learning.

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  5. How I learnt Chinese, part 1: Where it all started

    This is the first part in a series of articles about how I learnt Chinese. It covers the very beginning, why I became interested in learning Chinese and how that transformed into an opportunity to actually learn.

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  6. How to find the time and motivation to read more Chinese

    How to find the time and motivation to read more Chinese

    Learning to read in Chinese requires time and motivation, and this is what this article is about. How do you make yourself read more? How do you stay motivated when learning? Don’t forget to share your own experiences in the comments!

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  7. Why you need goals to learn Chinese efficiently

    Learning without goals might seem like a reasonable choice at first, but after a closer look, it isn’t such a good idea. First, it’s hard to imagine not having any goal at all, so setting goals is more about making your implicit goals explicit. Second, focusing only on having fun will lead to some very unusual learning strategies.

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  8. You might be too lazy to learn Chinese, but you’re not too old

    Children learn languages neither quickly nor effortlessly, but there’s still a lot we can learn from them. You might be too lazy, but you’re definitely not too old to learn Chinese.

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  9. Study according to your current productivity level

    Studying isn’t always easy and some tasks require you to be much more productive than others. The solution isn’t to stop studying when you don’t feel like it, but rather to find something else to study that matches your current state of mind. In this article, I discuss the importance of adjusting your studying to how you currently feel and I also offer some actual examples.

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  10. Language is communication, not only an abstract subject to study

    I won’t join the group of language bloggers who claim that classroom learning is meaningless, but I do believe there are good reasons to create links to the real world. Not only is this a motivational booster, it’s also an excellent way of identifying problems you might have with your Chinese.

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