Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in December 2010

  1. Pros and cons with travelling to learn a language

    It is often said that it’s very good to travel to learn languages. I don’t think is true, at least not in the sense that most people believe. Travelling has some major language-learning benefits, but it’s far from the panacea some people view it as.

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  2. Chinese listening ability, a matter of practice?

    Many people have asked me how to improve listening ability, not only when learning Chinese, but when learning any language. The problem is that there seems to be no tactic to employ and no smart tricks; to get better at listening, you simply need to practice. Is this really the case? Is listening ability simply about listening a lot? Can’t you hack it?

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