Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles tagged with ‘Games’

  1. How and why to learn and teach Chinese through games

    This article is a follow-up to a keynote presentation and a workshop held at the 15th Annual Chinese Teaching Conference at University College London. Even though the original target group is teachers of Chinese, the article is relevant for students as well.

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  2. 10 ways of using games to learn and teach Chinese

    Playing games to learn Chinese

    Playing games is a powerful way of learning languages. Apart from being fun, they also provide an active way to communicate in Chinese, within limits set by the game. This article gives a broad overview of ten different ways you can use games to learn or teach a foreign language.

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  3. Learning Chinese by playing Mahjong 麻將 (májiàng)

    Learnig Chinese by playing Mahjong

    Playing games is a wonderful way of learning Chinese and 麻將 (májiàng) is one of the simplest games around. Apart from the numbers 1-9, you only need a handful of extra words to play. The game is extremely popular and as such, it can open up many doors, both cultural and social.

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  4. Preparing for rainy days and dealing with slumps

    Preparing for rainy days and dealing with slumps

    We all experience slumps in our learning, but there are many things we can do to reduce the negative effects of these slumps. The solution is three-fold: Preparing for the slump before it hits you, finding learning activities that don’t feel like work and paying attention to what you feel capable of at the moment. You will still experience slumps, but hopefully they will be less severe!

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  5. Study according to your current productivity level

    Studying isn’t always easy and some tasks require you to be much more productive than others. The solution isn’t to stop studying when you don’t feel like it, but rather to find something else to study that matches your current state of mind. In this article, I discuss the importance of adjusting your studying to how you currently feel and I also offer some actual examples.

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