Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in May 2012

  1. Using Lang-8 to improve your Chinese

    Learning a foreign language, most people lack proper feedback from native speakers. Even if we have friends and teachers, always having to ask for help isn’t very good. In this article, I explain how Lang-8 solves this problem for you. Useful for any language, not just Chinese!

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  2. Playing computer games in Chinese: Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2

    If you like computer games, why don’t you start playing them in Chinese? It’s not a substitute for other types of studying, but it’s an excellent way of increasing your exposure to Chinese while having fun at the same time.

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  3. Chinese listening strategies: Passive listening

    After having looked at background listening in previous articles, the time has now come to discuss passive listening in more detail. In this article, I provide some thoughts on how to adjust passive listening to your current situation, making it less or more active.

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  4. Practising sports to learn Chinese and make friends

    Practising sports is a very good way of learning Chinese. It’s not only a way of learning the language itself, it’s also an excellent way of meeting new friends. I’ve practised a number of sports during my time in Taiwan and in this post, I share some of the experiences with you.

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  5. Chinese listening strategies: Background listening

    Background listening is not a substitute for more active forms of listening practice, but it’s still very useful. Think of it as a way of filling your days with learning opportunities without requiring much extra time.

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