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  1. An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners

    Too many students of Chinese spend most of their time reading a small number of difficult texts, whereas they would actually be much better off reading a larger number of easier content. Are you focusing on extensive reading enough?

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  2. Chinese translation challenge, December 2018

    It’s time for a translation challenge! It starts on December 10th, so enrol, set your goal and improve your Chinese by translating to/from Chinese 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 using translation as a method for learning Chinese.

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  3. Chinese speaking challenge, October 2018

    Chinese speaking ability

    It’s time for a speaking challenge! It starts on October 15th, so enrol, set your goal and improve your speaking ability 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 speaking ability in Chinese.

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  4. Whom should you trust for advice about learning Chinese?

    There’s a lot of advice about how to learn Chinese floating around on forums, chat groups, social media, video services and blogs. Including Hacking Chinese. So how do you know whom you should trust? This article answers that question by discussing what my articles are based on.

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  5. What’s in a name? Hacking Chinese, 揭密中文

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    What does Hacking Chinese mean and how did the title come about? What’s the proper title in Chinese and why is that some native speakers think it’s a typo? This article takes a step back and looks at why Hacking Chinese (揭密中文) is called that!

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  6. Analysis paralysis: When choosing method becomes a problem

    If you spend more time tweaking your method than you gain from making it more efficient, you might suffer from analysis paralysis. If you spend most of the time thinking about how to learn Chinese, you spend less time actually learning the language, meaning you’d be better of not caring about the method at all! Or would you?

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  7. Learning Chinese characters through pictures

    This article is about using pictures to learn Chinese characters. In order to learn characters efficiently, it’s important to understand how they work and what the building blocks are so that these can be used in other characters. Any pictures you use to remember should be based on this. Avoid using pictures that obscure the real meaning.

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