Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

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  1. Chinese reading challenge, September 2018

    It’s time for a reading challenge! It starts on September 10th, so enrol, set your goal and read as much as you can before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as some advice about improving reading ability in Chinese.

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  2. Back-to-school Hacking Chinese course discount

    The start of a new semester is the right time to accelerate your learning with Hacking Chinese – A Practical Guide to Learning Mandarin. Get $10 off the video/audio/text course and extra content until the end of Friday, September 9th!

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  3. Cramming vs. spaced repetition: When to use which method to learn Chinese

    Cramming and spaced repetition are viable but opposite methods of reviewing Chinese characters, words and expressions. When should you use which? And Why?

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  4. Chinese vocabulary challenge, August 2018

    It’s time for a vocabulary challenge! It starts on August 16th, so enrol, set your goal and listen as much as you can before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as some advice about learning vocabulary.

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  5. Chinese learning challenges, August 2018: Vocabulary + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. There will be two challenges in August, one open challenge where you choose your own focus (starting August 1st), and then a vocabulary challenge (starting August 16th). Enrol, share and enjoy!

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  6. Chinese listening challenge, July 2018

    Hacking Chinese Listening Challenge

    It’s time for a listening challenge! It starts on July 16th, so enrol, set your goal and listen as much as you can before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as suggestions for what to listen to.

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  7. How and why to learn and teach Chinese through games

    This article is a follow-up to a keynote presentation and a workshop held at the 15th Annual Chinese Teaching Conference at University College London. Even though the original target group is teachers of Chinese, the article is relevant for students as well.

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  8. Chinese learning challenges, July 2018: Listening + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. There will be two challenges in July, one open challenge where you choose your own focus (starting July 1st), and then a listening challenge (starting July 16th). Enrol, share and enjoy!

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  9. Chinese pronunciation challenge, June 2018

    It’s time for a pronunciation challenge! It starts on June 16th, so enrol, set your goal and see how much you can improve your pronunciation before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as some advice about improving pronunciation.

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  10. 866 digital textbooks for expanding your Chinese

    Using textbooks written with the aim of teaching Chinese children about history, mathematics and biology can be great learning resources for adult foreigners as well. This article discusses how to do that, and also introduces a resource that offers almost a thousand textbooks, all easily accessible online.

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