Hacking Chinese

A better way of learning Mandarin

Articles tagged with ‘Progress’

  1. How to get past the intermediate Chinese learning plateau

    After having learnt Chinese for some time, many students feel that they are no longer making much progress. They’ve reached a learning plateau. This article investigates this plateau, what it actually means and what we can do to get past it.

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  2. The illusion of advanced learning and what to do about it

    How much Chinese will you know when you have finished a certain textbook? Less than you think! In this article, I discuss the danger of relying too much on one textbook series and the importance of broadening your knowledge rather than making it advanced in just a few, small areas.

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  3. How long have you studied Chinese? 290 years or 58 992 hours!

    This article is built on a survey of readers’ study time and shows clearly that counting study time in years is completely bunk. It also shows that most people greatly overestimate how much they actually study.

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  4. Measuring your language learning is a double-edged sword

    Spaced repetition software offers a great way of measuring progress, every step forward is recorded and clearly visible. However, this is also a trap, because even though SRS is useful, it’s just a tool, not a comprehensive strategy. Measurable progress is a great help, but only if you use it correctly.

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