Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles published in October 2018

  1. The Hacking Chinese guide to Mandarin tones

    Learning tones is one of the major challenges of learning Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. This guide describes what tones are, why they are important and how to learn them. The article collects information and advice from more than twenty articles about learning tones, along with resources and references for further reading.

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  2. Focusing on Mandarin tones without being distracted by Pinyin

    It’s a well-known problem that if Chinese characters and Pinyin appear together, most students will look only at the Pinyin. However, rather than removing all scaffolding, keeping information about tones can be very useful. This article details two methods of doing this, either through colour or through using tone marks only.

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