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Articles by me published elsewhere: June 2015 round-up

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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 originally intended to post this last month, but forgot about it during my visit to China.

I have updated my bibliography accordingly, and here are all the new articles published before the start of June:

Various articles about Mandarin on About.com
May, 2015 – About.com
These articles were all published on About.com through my role as Mandarin expert writer there:

  1. Where to find the resources you need to learn Mandarin: Tools and resources for all occasions
  2. Learning Chinese with Pleco: The only app ALL Chinese learners need
  3. Mandarin Companion graded readers: Learner-friendly reading material
  4. Learn more Chinese through comprehensible input: The importance of understanding
  5. The importance of learning character components: Radicals and functional components
  6. 5 tips to make the most of your Chinese course: The dangers of a passive attitude
  7. Can you learn Chinese on your own? Yes, but it demands more of you
  8. Learning to count in Chinese: Basic information plus some tips and tricks
  9. Do you have to go to China to learn Chinese? No, but it makes it easier

How to find more time learning a language: Unlocking your true potential
May, 2015 – Transparent Language
This is a guest post written by me where I summarise my current ideas about how to find the time to study languages. This content has partly been published in different forms before, but spread out over many articles and in a somewhat unfinished state. This is the first comprehensive article I’ve written about the subject.

Dealing with font issues when learning Chinese
May, 2015 – Skritter
This article is about dealing with character variants and font issues when learning Chinese. It answers the most common questions about Chinese characters looking slightly different on computers, phones and in books. Sometimes the same character is written differently, what gives?

Think before you write
May, 2015 – Skritter
This article is about the importance of avoiding mechanical reviewing. When you use Skritter or any other flashcard program, the point is to learn and remember vocabulary, it’s not just to go through the motions. By stopping for a few seconds and visualising the character you’re about to write before you write it, you increase efficiency and avoid cheating yourself.

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.

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