Hacking Chinese

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Articles published in October 2014

  1. Extensive listening challenge, October 2014: Wrapping up

    This is the last day of the extensive listening challenge that was started three weeks ago. It was the first official challenge on Hacking Chinese Challenges. In total, 138 people joined the challenge and listened to a total of 890 hours of audio. What did you think about the challenge?

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  2. Extensive listening challenge, October 2014: Progress report

    This week’s extensive listening challenge has been going for two weeks, but there’s still time left to improve your listening ability. In this post, I share some thoughts about my own challenge and Hacking Chinese Challenges in general. I would also like to hear what you think!

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  3. Why you should think of characters in terms of functional components

    Learning about the structure of Chinese characters can help enormously when learning the language. This article is an in-depth look at functional components, i.e. parts of characters that give the whole character either its meaning or its sound. It’s also a discussion about why we really shouldn’t talk so much about radicals when learning Chinese.

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  4. The 10 best free listening resource collections for learning Chinese

    This article lists the ten most popular free listening resource collections currently available on Hacking Chinese Resources. It’s a great list containing most of my favourite listening sources! Each resource comes with a brief introduction as well as notes for which level it is appropriate. This list is for learners of all levels!

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  5. Extensive listening challenge, October 10th to 31st

    It’s time for an extensive listening challenge! Enrol, set your goal and listen 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 some suggestions for what to listen to.

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  6. Launching Hacking Chinese Challenges

    Welcome to a new section of the website: Hacking Chinese Challenges! I will run monthly challenges in different areas of language learning where we strive to reach our goals and/or beat each other. I will also share related resources and advice. The first challenge starts on Friday, but you can join right now!

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