Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles tagged with ‘Podcast’

  1. The most serious mistake students make when learning Mandarin pronunciation

    Learning to hear and say the sounds of Mandarin can be tricky, but it’s made much more difficult by the way many students go about it. By focusing on reading over listening, they are making themselves a big disservice!

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  2. How to not fail with your New Year resolution to learn Chinese

    A new year, a new beginning, the perfect time to commit to levelling up your Chinese and achieve greatness! Or is it?

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  3. 7 things Chinese students should do during the winter vacation

    What should Chinese students do on the winter vacation? Apart from recharging batteries, there are a number of things you should consider if you want optimal long-term results!

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  4. 9 answers to questions about Pinyin and pronunciation

    Pronunciation is best learnt by listening attentively and mimicking, but it’s also necessary to be able to learn Pinyin properly. This article answers nine questions about Pinyin and Chinese pronunciation.

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  5. Celebrating 10 years of Hacking Chinese with reflections and discounts

    10 years of Hacking Chinese. 472 articles. 650,000 words. It’s hard to believe, but Hacking Chinese has been online for a decade! We celebrate the anniversary with reflections and discounts.

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  6. Tune in to the Hacking Chinese Podcast!

    Hacking Chinese Podcast

    I have launched a podcast! Just like the website in general, the Hacking Chinese Podcast focuses on how to learn Chinese. In this article, I introduce the podcast, including my reasons for creating it and why I think some of you might find it interesting.

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  7. Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea

    Learning Mandarin pronunciation is not easy, so some people use English words to approximate Chinese pronunciation. This is a really bad idea.

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  8. How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach

    This is a guide for how to not teach Chinese characters, based on more than a decade of observing terrible teaching and worst practices. Which of these have you seen?

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  9. Why not going to China now could actually be good for your Chinese

    Do you have to go abroad to learn Chinese? Will you learn Chinese simply by living abroad? And if you go, does it matter when you go if you can only stay for a short time? This article argues that it does matter when you go, and that you’re better off not going immediately as a pure beginner.

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  10. The key to unlocking your first semester of Chinese

    A new semester is around the corner and many people are setting out on their journeys to learn Chinese. This article summarises the most important advice that beginners should keep in mind, including what resources to use and how to learn characters and tones.

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