Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Back-to-school Hacking Chinese course discount

A new semester is approaching, or it has already have started for some. This is the right time to accelerate your learning with Hacking Chinese – A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin! Spending some time and energy to scrutinise and upgrade the way you learn is well worth it, making sure you get the most out of your studying.

Back-to-school discount

Until the end of Friday next week (September 7th) you will get $10 off the course. You will also get some additional content which is normally not part of the course package! To get the discount, please apply the following code in the cart:


You can read more about the course by clicking the link below, but I have also summarised the most important things in this post, so reading here works too! The package contains a one-month subscription to the interactive text games for Chinese learners I’ve built with Kevin over at WordSwing. Read more about the games below.

Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin (video/audio/text course)


An example screen from the episode on how to learn pronunciation.

This course is the result of thousands of hours of work and just like the Hacking Chinese website, it’s about how to learn Chinese in a better way. Unlike the website, though, the course is comprehensive, structured and has a lot more to offer than scattered articles. It represents my most complete attempt at helping others to learn Mandarin.

The course contains:

  • 15 video episodes highlighting the most important parts of the course, each with practical exercises and calls to action.
  • A 347-page e-book discussing all major aspects of learning Chinese in depth. This offers the structure the website doesn’t really have.
  • Full audio version of the book allows you to listen to the book instead of reading it, freeing up time you can use for learning Chinese instead.
  • A checklist for learning in a better way summarising the advice given throughout the rest of the course.
  • Discounts worth more than $100 for recommended learning tools and materials, including Pleco, Skritter and ChinesePod.

Interactive text games for Chinese learners

For the duration of the discount, access to Into the Haze is included in the course package.

Reading and listening to Chinese at your level is an excellent way of learning. However, most graded readers are quite boring and don’t encourage you to really engage with the content.

In order to solve this problem, we have created text games where you choose your own actions based on the text you read. The story then develops differently depending on what choices you make, rewarding you for making good decisions based on the information you have. Read more about the game Into the Haze or watch a video that shows how the game is played.

For a limited time, full access to all games for one month is included in the course package! This gives you plenty of time to explore the games and learn Chinese in a more interesting way. To use this offer, please register an account at WordSwing and send the e-mail address you used to sign up as a reply to the confirmation e-mail you received when buying the course. You will then be set up with a premium plan with the first month free, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide if these games are for you.

Time limited back-to-school discount


Make sure you haven’t missed anything with the study checklist!

If you buy the course before the end of September 7th , you get $10 off (use the discount code “2018kai1xue2” in the cart). You will get all the content, of course, including the $100+ in discounts and coupon codes for various useful services, such as Pleco, Skritter and ChinesePod.

Hacking Chinese: A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin

What does this course offer that the free articles don’t already offer?

Good question! Zachary Danz, one of the first students to finish the course, summed up the difference between the website and the course as follows:

As someone who has followed Hacking Chinese for a long time, I couldn’t be happier – I feel like I have the full picture of the message Olle has for Chinese learners, whereas before it was scattered and incomplete.

This course helps you connect the dots and avoids not seeing the forest for the trees. There is also a big difference between reading fragmentary articles that were written over seven years without structure and using a comprehensive course containing video, text and audio.

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