Hacking Chinese

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Student Q&A, May 2024: Understanding strangers, listening with transcripts, and which podcasts to avoid

This week’s podcast episode (number 196) is a reader and listener Q&A, where I answer three questions about listening comprehension in Chinese.

This time, I’ve picked questions about understanding people beyond your teacher, when you should and shouldn’t use transcripts and subtitles, and why I don’t recommend some popular podcasts.

Tune in to the Hacking Chinese Podcast to listen to the related episode:

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Overcast, Spotify, YouTube and many other platforms!

Links to things mentioned in the introduction

Chinese listening challenge, May 2024

Links for question #1: Understanding people other than your teacher

Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 6: Why is listening in Chinese so hard?

Links for question #2: Listening with transcripts and subtitles

Listen before you read: Improve your listening ability

Links for question #3: Podcasts I don’t recommend


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