This week’s podcast episode (number 169) is a reader and listener Q&A, where I answer three questions sent to me about reading in Chinese, more specifically about the role of Pinyin, if it’s more important to read comprehensible texts than compelling texts, and what tools you should use when reading in Chinese.
Links to things mentioned in the introduction
- Chinese reading challenge, November 2023
- Hacking Chinese Challenges
- The 10 best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners
- The best Chinese reading practice for beginners
- 100 hours of Chinese listening in 3 weeks: What I learnt and how to apply it
- How to find the time and motivation to read more Chinese
Links for question #1: Compelling vs. comprehensible texts
- An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners
- Five text games for Chinese learners
- Are authentic texts good for learning Chinese or is graded content better?
Links for question #2: Reading Pinyin and reading characters
- What’s the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter?
- A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation
Links for question #3: Tools for reading in Chinese
- The new paperless revolution in Chinese reading
- 8 great ways to scaffold your Chinese learning
- Focusing on Chinese tones without being distracted by Pinyin
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