Hacking Chinese

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Articles tagged with ‘Taiwan’

  1. 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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  2. How I learnt Chinese, part 4: My second year in Taiwan

    How I learnt Chinese, part 4: My second year in Taiwan

    This post covers my third year of learning Chinese, which was spent at NTNU in Taipei and at Wenzao in Gaoxiong. I round off with important lessons I learnt about learning Mandarin during this time.

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  3. How I learnt Chinese, part 3: My first year in Taiwan


    This is the second part of the story of how I learnt Chinese. It covers my first year in Taiwan, starting in 2008.

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  4. Standard pronunciation in Chinese and why you want it


    Should you learn the Mandarin you hear spoken around you or should you learn the standardised version of the textbooks (and if you’re lucky, your teacher)? The answer is that you might want to learn both, but that you should start out with the ambition of learning standardised pronunciation. This article explains why and lists some advantages with learning to pronounce Chinese properly.

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  5. 5 insights from the first year of a master’s program in Taiwan

    Pursuing an academic degree taught in Chinese is a great example of instrumental motivation. This article contains five insights from my first year at the Graduate Institute for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (華語文教學研究所) in Taipei, Taiwan. Among other things, the article is about grammar, native speakers, the importance of having fun and the essence of communicative learning.

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  6. RTI, my favourite radio station

    If you want to improve your listening ability, always having something to listen to is essential. Preferably, it should require effort to NOT listen to Chinese. Only have Chinese audio on your phone, set a radio station on autostart on your computer, etc. This article is about RTI, an excellent source of listening material. It’s good mostly because of its diversity and ease of access, meaning that you will never run out of things to listen to.

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  7. Learning simplified and traditional Chinese


    Learning traditional characters if you know simplified or vice versa is a lot easier than beginners tend to think. Generally, you don’t need to worry, because at an advanced level, learning both is quite easy. This article is about simplified/traditional and how to learn both.

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