Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles in the ‘Distinctively Chinese’ category Page 9

  1. Creating a powerful toolkit: Individual Chinese characters

    Learning to read and write Chinese requires intimate knowledge not only of words, but also of individual characters. Without this knowledge, the building blocks of each word become meaningless, and, as we all know, learning something meaningful is always easier. Knowing individual characters is also essential if we want to be able to guess the meaning of new words, learn new words quickly or use mnemonics!

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  2. Creating a powerful toolkit: Character components

    If you plan to learn to read or write Chinese, you will need to learn parts of characters (components) and parts of words (characters). There are an untold number of combinations of these, and if you only study these it will be impossible. This would be a little bit like learning maths by studying thousands of examples, but never actually looking at the underlying equations.

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  3. Learning Chinese is easier than you think

    Natives and foreigners alike tend to spread the myth that Chinese is impossible to learn. This isn’t true. If you have the correct attitude and approach, Chinese isn’t all that difficult to learn, at least to a conversant level. This post is meant as encouragement for those of you who think or believe that Chinese is impossible to learn.

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  4. Chinese is fascinating and exciting, not weird and stupid

    There seem to be two different approaches to learning a foreign language, and learners place themselves somewhere between these two poles: Either you think Chinese is weird and stupid, or you think it’s fascinating and beautiful. What approach you have will greatly influence your learning.

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