Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin


Hacking Chinese PodcastThe Hacking Chinese podcast is about how to learn Mandarin, with in-depth discussions about how to approach challenges, solve problems and get the most out of your learning. Many episodes are recorded articles, but there will also be interviews and other types of content.

Currently available on: Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Spotify. If you like Hacking Chinese, please consider rating and sharing the podcast on your favourite platform!

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Year 2

  1. Two reasons why pronunciation matters more than you think
  2. How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games
  3. My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters
  4. The building blocks of Chinese, part 6: Learning and remembering compound words
  5. The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words
  6. Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters
  7. Should you learn the names of the strokes in Chinese characters?
  8. The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners
  9. Should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own?
  10. 6 challenges students face when learning to read Chinese and how to overcome them
  11. Learning to read handwritten Chinese
  12. Why your Chinese isn’t as good as you think it ought to be
  13. The building blocks of Chinese, part 4: Learning and remembering compound characters
  14. The building blocks of Chinese, part 3: Compound characters
  15. The beginner’s guide to Chinese translation
  16. Using voice messaging as a stepping stone to Chinese conversations
  17. Using speech recognition to improve Chinese pronunciation, part 1
  18. A smart method to discover problems with Mandarin sounds and tones
  19. 7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice
  20. Back-to-school Hacking Chinese course discount 2021
  21. The building blocks of Chinese, part 2: Basic characters, components and radicals
  22. The building blocks of Chinese, part 1: Chinese characters and words in a nutshell
  23. Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning (2021 edition)

Year 1

  1. Hacking Chinese Podcast one-year anniversary Q&A
  2. Chinese language logging, part 3: Tools and resources for keeping track of your learning
  3. Chinese language learning in the twenty-first century: Towards a digital ecosystem?
  4. The benefits of using Wikipedia to look up words when learning Chinese
  5. How to get past the intermediate Chinese learning plateau
  6. The new HSK 3.0 (2021): What you need to know
  7. Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin
  8. The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say
  9. Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle
  10. How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL?
  11. Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin
  12. Chinese language logging, part 1: Why and how to track your progress
  13. Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence is now open!
  14. How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know
  15. What’s the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter?
  16. Learning the second tone in Mandarin Chinese
  17. Chinese input methods: A guide for second language learners
  18. Why is listening in Chinese so hard?
  19. Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn?
  20. The 10 best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners
  21. 6 things in Chinese that are harder to learn than they seem
  22. Hacking Chinese Challenges – Building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition
  23. Learning science in Chinese with 李永乐老师
  24. 5 levels of understanding Chinese characters: Superficial forms to deep structure
  25. 20 tips and tricks to improve your Chinese writing ability
  26. 7 things you were taught in Chinese class that are actually wrong
  27. Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese
  28. Welcome to the Hacking Chinese Pronunciation Course
  29. The most serious mistake students make when learning Mandarin pronunciation
  30. Best of Hacking Chinese 2020
  31. Can too much guidance make you learn less Chinese?
  32. How to not fail with your New Year resolution to learn Chinese
  33. 7 things Chinese students should do during the winter vacation
  34. 9 answers to questions about Pinyin and pronunciation
  35. The forking path: A human approach to learning Chinese
  36. How to figure out how good your Chinese is
  37. An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners
  38. Celebrating 10 years of Hacking Chinese with reflections and discounts
  39. Why you should listen to the Hacking Chinese Podcast
  40. Dealing with Chinese characters you keep mixing up
  41. When spaced repetition fails, and what to do about it
  42. Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea
  43. Chinese is fascinating and exciting, not weird and stupid
  44. Are mnemonics too slow for Chinese learners?
  45. How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing
  46. Diversify how you study Chinese to learn more
  47. Learning Chinese words: When quantity beats quality
  48. The key to unlocking your first semester of Chinese
  49. Why not going to China now could actually be good for your Chinese
  50. How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach
  51. What important words are missing from HSK?
  52. Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters?

Music used in the intro and outro: “Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin” by Traxis, 2020 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)