Hacking Chinese

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Student Q&A, November 2023: Reading Pinyin or characters, comprehensible vs. compelling content and reading tools

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.

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

The 10 best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners

Links for question #1: Compelling vs. comprehensible texts

An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners

Links for question #2: Reading Pinyin and reading characters

What’s the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter?

Links for question #3: Tools for reading in Chinese

The new paperless revolution in Chinese reading


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