Hacking Chinese

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Articles tagged with ‘Typing’

  1. A minimum-effort approach to writing Chinese characters by hand


    Learning to write Chinese characters by hand is time-consuming. If you don’t need to write beautifully or quickly, but still want to be able to write by hand, you need a solid strategy. In this article, I offer my minimum-effort approach to learning to write Chinese characters by hand. It involves reading, typing, spaced repetition and communicative writing.

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  2. 7 ways of learning to write Chinese characters

    There are many ways of practising writing Chinese characters and they all have their pros and cons. In this article, I discuss seven different ways of practising and what advantages and disadvantages they have for you as a learner.

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  3. Is it necessary to learn to write Chinese characters by hand?

    Written Chinese characters are regarded by some as the true essence of Chinese; without learning to write by hand, you’re not learning Chinese. Others go to extremes in the other direction, claiming that handwriting is a waste of time since we normally type Chinese nowadays anyway. The answer lies somewhere in between. This article addresses the question if you should focus on handwriting, and if so, how much.

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