Not everything I write about learning Chinese ends up here on Hacking Chinese. Some things will be available later as Hacking Chinese articles or projects, but much is written for other websites.
I have updated my bibliography accordingly, and here are all the new articles published before the start of April:
These articles were all published on About.com through my role as Mandarin expert writer there:
- Using graded readers to improve reading ability: Going beyond your textbook
- Getting a Chinese character tattoo: 7 do’s and don’ts to consider if you want a Chinese-character tattoo
- Chinese characters: A basic introduction
- Common Mandarin learner errors: part 6: Not enjoying yourself
- Common Mandarin learner errors: part 7: Not knowing where you’re going
- Useful idiomatic phrases in Chinese: Yi mu yi yang: Expressing that two things are identical
- Chinese characters and stroke order: Why you should make sure to write characters the right way
- Learning traditional Chinese with the MoE dictionary: The best online reference for traditional characters
- Correct pronunciation and stroke order in Chinese: What does “correct” mean? What’s the standard?
It’s common for beginners and sometimes even more advanced students to lack an understanding of how Chinese characters are structured. This includes misconceptions about radicals and other types of components. In this article, I address some of the misconceptions I have encountered as a teacher and as the “Chinese Guru” at Skritter. What different kinds of character components are there? What’s a radical?
This post contains five words in Mandarin that are tricky to pronounce correctly. Sometimes the standard pronunciation is different from how many natives speak, sometimes including people from Beijing! Do you know how to pronounce these words: 背包, 打烊, 尽快 (儘快), 下载 (下載), 一模一样 (一模一樣)?
That’s it for now! I will keep posting one article round-up every month, collecting the articles from the previous months. If you like Hacking Chinese or what I’m writing in general, the best thing you can do is to share! Donations are also more than welcome. If you want to read more about my different roles on Skritter and About.com, please read the first monthly round-up. If you want to view all articles written by me but published elsewhere, check my bibliography page.