Articles tagged with ‘Audio version’
7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice
Listening in Chinese can be hard, but solution is simple: listen more. That is not always easy to do, though, because it’s hard to both find the time to listen and to actually get started. Here are seven ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice.Read →
Should you learn the names of the strokes in Chinese characters?
Some teachers insist on teaching the names of the strokes that make up Chinese characters, but is learning them worthwhile or just a waste of time?Read →
What important words are missing from TOCFL?
TOCFL is the standard test of Chinese proficiency in Taiwan. The official lists cover a total of 8000 words spread over 6 levels, but what words are common, yet missing or delayed in these lists? This article strives to answer this question. As a student, you probably want to check the missing and delayed words to plug holes in your Chinese vocabulary!Read →
Training your Chinese teacher, part 4: Writing ability
Writing ability is largely determined by how much you read, but there are many areas where a teacher can help you through valuable feedback. This article looks at this process, discussing what activities to engage in and what role your teacher can play.Read →
Interactive text games work well for individual learners, but they are also excellent inRead →
a classroom setting. This article gives you everything you need as a teacher to play Escape! in your classroom. This article is in Chinese, but there is an English version too.
The simple trick I used to double the amount of Chinese I listen to
Learning to understand spoken Chinese requires an awful lot of listening practice. In this article, I introduce and explain a simple trick that allowed me to listen twice as much as I used to!Read →
Can too much guidance make you learn less Chinese?
Guidance and support can make learning Chinese easier, but could too much of it make it harder? This article discusses the downsides of receiving too much help and the benefits of engaging more with the Chinese language on your own, without having everything explained to you.Read →