Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in October 2015

  1. Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA: Part 3

    As adults, understanding is important when learning pronunciation. One way to achieve this is through the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which will allow you to see the sounds your ears might fail to hear. Learning IPA also means learning basic phonetics, and that will do you good in the long run!

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  2. Articles by me published elsewhere: October 2015 round-up

    I write a lot about Chinese these days and not everything ends up on Hacking Chinese. Some things will be available later, such as the book I’m working on and some upcoming articles, but much is written for other websites. In this post, I introduce and link to everything I’ve published elsewhere before October 2015.

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  3. The real challenge with learning Chinese characters

    The real challenge when learning Chinese characters is not to commit a large number of them to memory, it’s to relate them to each other, including how they are used, how they are different and how they are similar. Creating such an interconnected web is a lifelong project.

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  4. Improving pronunciation beyond the basics

    Learning pronunciation beyond the basics is about knowing where you want to be and where you are now. Then you identify which problems keep you from reaching your goal, and solve them one by one in order of importance. This starts with high-quality practice where you learn to pronounce something correctly, then moves to high-quantity practice where you gradually decrease the effort needed to get it right. After a while, no effort will be required and you will have successfully improved your pronunciation!

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  5. Which words you should learn and where to find them

    When learning a language, it’s important to know many words, but it’s also important that you learn the right words. How do you know which words to learn? Where should you find those words? Note: This was written using only the 100 most used words to show how good it is to know the right words.

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

    Chinese reading challenge

    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 suggestions for what to listen to.

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