Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Hacking Chinese Podcast

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,  Spotify and YouTube. If you like Hacking Chinese, please consider rating and sharing the podcast on your favourite platform!

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Year 2

  1. Hacking Chinese Podcast two-year anniversary Q&A
  2. How to learn Chinese characters as a beginner
  3. 7 ways to write Mandarin tones
  4. Chinese language question triage: When to ask whom about what
  5. The most common Chinese words, characters and components for language learners and teachers
  6. How to become fluent in Chinese
  7. How to learn from your mistakes and errors when learning Chinese
  8. Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand?
  9. Which words you should learn and where to find them
  10. Why you should use more than one Chinese textbook
  11. Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation’s four strands
  12. On accuracy, communication and comprehensibility when learning Chinese
  13. Obligatory and optional tone change rules in Mandarin
  14. How to find more time to practise Chinese listening
  15. Are authentic texts good for learning Chinese or is graded content better?
  16. What to read to improve your Chinese and why
  17. How to learn Chinese pronunciation as a beginner
  18. Focusing on tone pairs to improve your Mandarin pronunciation
  19. Time quality: Studying the right thing at the right time
  20. 500 resources for learning and teaching Chinese, tagged by level, topic and type
  21. How to start learning Chinese again after a break
  22. Is it necessary to learn the stroke order of Chinese characters?
  23. How to survive and thrive in a difficult Chinese course
  24. The benefits of using 语文/國文 textbooks to learn Chinese
  25. Is taking a Chinese course that’s too hard good for your learning?
  26. How to improve your Chinese handwriting
  27. A: Text adventure games and how to use them in the Chinese language classroom
    B: 文字冒险游戏及其在对外汉语教学中的应用
  28. Best of Hacking Chinese 2021
  29. A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation
  30. Two reasons why pronunciation matters more than you think
  31. How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games
  32. My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters
  33. The building blocks of Chinese, part 6: Learning and remembering compound words
  34. The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words
  35. Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters
  36. Should you learn the names of the strokes in Chinese characters?
  37. The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners
  38. Should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own?
  39. 6 challenges students face when learning to read Chinese and how to overcome them
  40. Learning to read handwritten Chinese
  41. Why your Chinese isn’t as good as you think it ought to be
  42. The building blocks of Chinese, part 4: Learning and remembering compound characters
  43. The building blocks of Chinese, part 3: Compound characters
  44. The beginner’s guide to Chinese translation
  45. Using voice messaging as a stepping stone to Chinese conversations
  46. Using speech recognition to improve Chinese pronunciation, part 1
  47. A smart method to discover problems with Mandarin sounds and tones
  48. 7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice
  49. Back-to-school Hacking Chinese course discount 2021
  50. The building blocks of Chinese, part 2: Basic characters, components and radicals
  51. The building blocks of Chinese, part 1: Chinese characters and words in a nutshell
  52. 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)