Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

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  1. Website restructuring completed

    This is just a small post to inform you that my restructuring of Hacking Chinese is now complete. This is cooler than it sounds, because it actually means that a lot of new content has been added. This is especially good news for beginners, but should be interesting for others as well. I have done […]

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  2. Immersion and integration

    Immersion is a very good word, because it captures what it’s like learning a language and living abroad. When we first start learning, most people begin at the shallow end of the pool, not fully immersed, but keeping most of themselves over the surface. As we grow more and more confident, we leave the shallow […]

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  3. Advanced

    Learning Chinese at an advanced level

    Learning Chinese at an advanced level is about keeping up motivation and spending enough time with the language. It’s also about not losing focus and actually study regularly, even if you will gain most by being exposed to and using the language. This page contains my best articles for advanced learners.

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  4. Intermediate

    How-to advice for intermediate Chinese learners

    Intermediate Chinese can be a tricky beast. You have already overcome the initial difficulties and you might feel that your learning has slowed down or even stopped. What to do? This page collects all my best articles for intermediate learners.

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  5. Beginner

    It’s not easy to know how to learn Chinese as a beginner before you have actually done it. Here, I collect the best advice I have to offer, based on experience and research, as well as studying and teaching myself.

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  6. A language learner’s guide to reading comics in Chinese

    This article is a guide to reading comics in Chinese, suitable for beginners as well as those who already have some experience. Reading comics is an excellent way of attacking the Great Wall of Chinese (the daunting effect of seeing a whole page of text and not knowing what to do). It’s also fun, which is arguably the most important thing.

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  7. Recording yourself to improve your Chinese speaking ability

    Recording yourself is a powerful way to improve Chinese speaking ability. It helps you become aware of your problems, enabling you to improve on your own.

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  8. Language is communication, not only an abstract subject to study

    I won’t join the group of language bloggers who claim that classroom learning is meaningless, but I do believe there are good reasons to create links to the real world. Not only is this a motivational booster, it’s also an excellent way of identifying problems you might have with your Chinese.

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  9. Chinese language question triage: General guidelines

    Studying languages, questions crop up all the time. What’s the difference between X and y? Why is sentence Z written in this way? In this article, I argue that how we handle these kinds of problems is dependent on what resources we have available (teachers, friends, etc.), but regardless of that, what matters most is how we choose to use the resources we have at our disposal. If we aren’t careful, we might end up wasting them or even losing them entirely.

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  10. Can you become fluent in Chinese in three months?

    Can you (or Benny Lewis) become fluent in Chinese in three months? I think the answer is no, but instead of just being negative, I’ve tried to describe some problems and offer some help on how to solve them.

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