Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Chinese learning challenges, June 2018: Pronunciation + open

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

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  7. New text game for Chinese learners: The Magistrate’s Gallery

    The Magistrate’s Gallery is a new interactive text game for Chinese learners. A man knocks on your door with an unusual problem: his daughter has been trapped inside one of the paintings in the magistrate’s gallery. But which one? And how can you get her out? To rescue her, you will need to travel into the paintings and unravel the story about how the girl ended up there.

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  8. Chinese writing challenge, May 2018

    It’s time for a Chinese writing challenge! It starts on May 15th, so enrol, set your goal and write 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 writing ability in Chinese.

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  9. Chinese learning challenges, May 2018: Writing + open

    Hacking Chinese Challenges is about building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition. There will be two challenges in May, one open challenge where you choose your own focus (starting May 1st), and then a writing challenge (starting May 15th). Enrol, share and enjoy!

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  10. Learning Chinese as an introverted student

    Introverts are not necessarily worse language learners than extroverts, but not taking or creating opportunities to speak Mandarin will slow you down. In this article, I share some methods I’ve used to compensate for this as an introvert learner.

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