Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in July 2016

  1. How I learnt Chinese, part 6: Graduate program in Taiwan

    We can still make progress, of course, and if we enjoy it, we can also achieve a lot. But it's not easy.

    In this sixth part of the story of how I learnt Chinese, I talk about my two years in a master’s program for teaching Chinese as a second language in Taiwan. I share three main insight about motivation, extra-curricular activities and advanced learning.

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  2. Are you practising Chinese the right way?

    The most efficient way of learning something is not necessarily the most straightforward one. However, the farther your way of practising is removed from the target activity, the more you need to make sure that you’re actually learning the right things.

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  3. The benefits of using 语文/國文 textbooks to learn Chinese

    Using textbooks meant for native speakers is a great way of improving your reading and writing, as well as learning about literature and culture in general. 语文/國文 textbooks are difficult, but also very rewarding!

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  4. Hacking Chinese meet-ups in San Francisco (July 20th) and New York (July 24th)

    Hacking Chinese meet-ups in the US

    I will arrange two meet-ups in the US next week: one in San Francisco on July 20th and one in New York on July 24th. The article contains more info about the meet-ups, including how to register. I also need your help to find suitable venues!

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  5. Accessing Chinese culture through cartoons

    Accessing Chinese culture can be very hard if you go through the original stories or written versions. If you go through cartoons online, however, it not only becomes easier, it’s also more fun!

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