Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in December 2015

  1. Learning tones in Mandarin is not optional

    Learning tones in Mandarin is not optional. The longer you wait before paying attention to tones, the more you will have to relearn later. If you don’t know the tone, you don’t know the word. It takes time to learn to hear tones and treat them as integral parts of syllables, but the sooner you start, the better.

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  2. Are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese?

    When asked the question if there are any shortcuts when learning Chinese, some people answer “no”, others “yes”. This is probably because they’re talking about different things. No, there is no method that will enable you to master Chinese without spending an awful lot of time studying. Yes, there are many things you can do to make learning more efficient.

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  3. Launching Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin

    I’m proud to announce the launch of a new course: Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin. It’s the result of thousands of hours of work and just like the Hacking Chinese website, it is about how to learn Chinese in a better way. The course consists of video episodes, an in-depth e-book and an audio version. Get it before Christmas for a handsome discount!

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  4. Articles by me published elsewhere: December 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 December 2015.

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  5. Chinese reading challenge, December 10th to 31st

    Chinese reading challenge

    It’s time for an extensive reading challenge! Enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can before the end of December. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for what to read.

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  6. The Hacking Chinese tone training course

    Learning to hear the difference between tones is difficult for many learners. Research shows that speaker variability and a systematic and predictable approach are key to overcoming the problem. With this article, I launch a tone training course, which is meant to provide you with just that. For free!

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