Since I started studying Chinese, I’ve realised that there are many things to learn that no textbook and few teachers will tell you. I’m not talking about things in ordinary books here, but on how to study Chinese. As you probably know, I’ve written extensively about this on my website for many years, but I’ve now decided that it’s time to write something more serious about it. To start with, I’m going to launch a new website called Hacking Chinese, but my goal is ultimately to write a book about learning Chinese.
This is something I can’t and won’t do alone, I need your help! You don’t need to do much, in fact you don’t need to do anything at all. However, if you think that you might be able to help me (you don’t have to promise!) with any of the following, please let me know!
• Cheer me on
• Read updates
• Comment on ideas
• Ask questions
• Answer questions
• Discuss learning
• Suggest resources
• Tell me I’m wrong
• Tell me I’m right
• Provide other perspectives
• Proof read texts
• Edit texts
You don’t need to be interested in all these things! The only thing that will happen if you tell me that you’re interested is that I will write down your e-mail address and what you’re interested in, so you will be able to see what’s going on with this project. Here are some examples of what I will write about:
• How to organise your studying
• How to learn lots of words really fast
• How to polish pronunciation beyond the basics
• How to improve reading ability
• What tools and resources are available
• What research exists concerning learning Chinese
I hope you’re willing to share you experiences and help me writing this book. It will be written in English and anybody is welcome to help, even if you don’t speak a single word of Chinese!