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Hacking Chinese Podcast

Hacking Chinese Podcast

By Olle Linge
A podcast about how to learn Mandarin. In-depth discussions about how to overcome challenges, solve problems and get the most out of your learning. For more information and inspiration, visit https://www.hackingchinese.com!
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63 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 4: Learning and remembering compound characters
The key to learning Chinese compound characters is to learn the building blocks and how they fit together, including both the function of each component and the structure of the compound. Add some clever memory techniques and you'll be able to dramatically increase the speed and efficiency of your learning! Link to article: The building blocks of Chinese, part 4: Learning and remembering compound characters https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-4-learning-and-remembering-compound-characters Tags: #learnchinese #characters #compounds #sound #meaning #mnemonics Link to the first episode in this series: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-1-chinese-characters-and-words-in-a-nutshell/ Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
19:40
October 19, 2021
62 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 3: Compound characters
A vast majority of Chinese characters are compounds, and understanding how the components fit together and which function they have, will make learning and remembering characters a lot easier.  Link to article: The building blocks of Chinese, part 3: Compound characters https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-chinese-characters/ ‎ Tags: #learnchinese #characters #compounds #sound #meaning Link to articles about phonetic components: https://www.hackingchinese.com/phonetic-components-part-1-the-key-to-80-of-all-chinese-characters/ Link to my review of Outlier Linguistics dictionary and character course: https://www.hackingchinese.com/review-the-outlier-linguistics-dictionary-of-chinese-characters-with-discount-code/ Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
17:59
October 11, 2021
61 - The beginner's guide to Chinese translation
People who have't spent a lot of time with different languages sometimes think that learning a new language is mostly about relabelling the world with new words. This mentality is especially bad when translating to Chinese from another language. Link to article: The beginner's guide to Chinese translation https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-beginners-guide-to-chinese-translation/ Tags: #learnchinese #translation #beginner Link to Hacking Chinese translation challenge: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-translation-challenge/ Link to article about translation from Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-translation-can-help-you-learn-chinese/ Link to article about translation to Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/using-translating-to-improve-your-chinese/ Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
14:13
October 6, 2021
60 - Using voice messaging as a stepping stone to Chinese conversations
Being able to have a conversation is a goal for most students of Chinese, be it with loved ones, for professional purposes or for travel, but what if you think conversations are too scary, too difficult or just impractical? Link to article: Using voice messaging as a stepping stone to Chinese conversations https://www.hackingchinese.com/using-voice-messaging-practise-speaking-listening/ Tags: #learnchinese #listening #speaking #chat #introvert Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
12:36
September 27, 2021
59 - Can you use your phone's speech recognition to practise Chinese pronunciation?
Speech recognition has improved immensely in recent years and talking to one's phone has become more common. Some apps also rely on this technology to check your pronunciation, but how good is speech recognition as a learning tool? Link to article: Using speech recognition to improve Chinese pronunciation, part 1 https://www.hackingchinese.com/using-speech-recognition-to-improve-chinese-pronunciation-part-1/ Tags: #learnchinese #speaking #pronunciation #speechrecognition #ios #android Link to pronunciation course: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence https://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
23:10
September 21, 2021
58 - A smart method to discover problems with Mandarin sounds and tones
It's often hard to assess one's own pronunciation when learning Mandarin. People around you might understand what you are saying, but that doesn't necessarily mean your tones are good. Simply asking people if your pronunciation is good won't work either, because they will often tell you that your pronunciation is good even if it's not. So how can you find out how good your pronunciation really is? Link to article: A smart method to discover problems with Mandarin sounds and tones https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-smart-method-to-discover-problems-with-tones/ Tags: #learnchinese #listening #speaking #tones #minimalpairs Link to pronunciation course: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence https://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
21:54
September 14, 2021
57 - 7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice
Understanding spoken Chinese can be hard, but the 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. Link to article: 7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice https://www.hackingchinese.com/make-sure-that-listening-is-not-a-practical-problem/ Tags: #learnchinese #listening #practicaltips #immersion Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:26
September 6, 2021
56 - Getting the most out of your learning with Hacking Chinese
Hacking Chinese can seen as a very long response to the question of what I would have done differently if I could go back in time and learn Chinese again from scratch. However, most people don't want to read 800,000 words to get the full picture, which is why I have distilled all that into a few courses. Getting the most out of your learning with Hacking Chinese https://www.hackingchinese.com/back-to-school-hacking-chinese-course-discount/ Tags: #learnchinese #courses #unlockingchinese #pronunciation #strategy Link to Unlocking Chinese (for beginners): https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/unlocking-chinese-ultimate-guide-beginner/ Link to Practical Guide (for all learners): https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/practical-guide-to-learning-mandarin/ Link to pronunciation course (for all learners): https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
16:23
August 30, 2021
55 - Basic characters, components and radicals: The building blocks of Chinese, part 2
Most Chinese characters are compounds consisting of two or more components, but some components are in themselves compounds that can be further broken down. But how do you know where to stop? And how do you learn and remember the most basic building blocks? Basic characters, components and radicals: The building blocks of Chinese, part 2 https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-2-basic-characters-components-and-radicals/ Tags: #learnchinese #characters #vocabulary #buildingblocks #components #radicals Link to The Outlier Linguistics Dictionary of Chinese Characters (use code "hacking25" for 25% off): https://www.outlier-linguistics.com/collections/chinese/products/outlier-dictionary-of-chinese-characters?rfsn=4170716.4415dd ...and my review: https://www.hackingchinese.com/review-the-outlier-linguistics-dictionary-of-chinese-characters-with-discount-code/ Link to Skritter (will give you 10% off): https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-discount ...and my review: https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/ Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
22:03
August 23, 2021
54 - Chinese characters and words in a nutshell: The building blocks of Chinese, part 1
Learning to read and write Chinese is a daunting task, but the challenge becomes more manageable if you focus on learning the building blocks, learning how components form characters and how characters form words. The building blocks of Chinese, part 1: Chinese characters  and words in a nutshell https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-1-chinese-characters-and-words-in-a-nutshell Tags: #learnchinese #characters #vocabulary #buildingblocks #writing #reading Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
17:34
August 16, 2021
53 - Boosting your Chinese character learning with Skritter
Skritter is a modern tool for learning ancient characters. It combines active recall and spaced repetition with Chinese-specific tools and content. While it's not a free resources, it has enough edges over other solutions to be worth considering. Link to article: Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning (2021 edition) https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/ Direct link to Skritter for 10% off any subscription: https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-discount Tags: #learnchinese #characters #vocabulary #skritter #app #review Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
23:45
August 9, 2021
52 - Hacking Chinese Podcast one-year anniversary Q&A
How do you study Chinese when you're busy with other things? How do you cope with a Chinese course that is too hard for you? And are translated texts okay to use for reading practice?  Hacking Chinese Podcast one-year anniversary Q&A  Tags: #learnchinese #timemanagement #courses #translation #reading  Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast  More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com  Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) 
30:59
August 2, 2021
51 - Chinese language logging, part 3: Tools and resources for keeping track of your learning
Logging you language  learning can be very useful, and there are many tools and resources out there to help you, but which are the best and how do you use them?  Link to article: Chinese language logging, part 3: Tools and resources for keeping track of your learning https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-3-tools-and-resources-for-keeping-track-of-your-learning  Tags: #learnchinese #logging #progress #tracking #resources  Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast  More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com  Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
18:05
July 27, 2021
50 - Chinese language learning in the twenty-first century: Towards a digital ecosystem?
Digital resources have made learning Chinese considerably easier than it used to be, but another problem has appeared: How can we make sense of and navigate the vast number of resources and find what's best for us?  Link to article: Chinese language learning in the twenty-first century: Towards a digital ecosystem? https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-learning-in-the-twenty-first-century-towards-a-digital-ecosystem/  Tags: #learnchinese #resources #research #phd #ecosystem #digital #interview  Please check the article for more details, but here's a brief list of resources mentioned in this episode:  Marco Polo Project  Julien’s article about translation  Hacking Chinese Challenges  Skritter (read my review here)  Hacking Chinese Resources  Julien's thesis (contact him for details)  Pleco  FluentU (read my review here)  The Chairman’s Bao  Speak Chinese in 1000 words (now defunct, redirects to 全球華文網)  Julien on LinkedIn  Julien's professional site  Julien's personal site  The Future of Governance Agency  Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast  More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com  Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
52:29
July 19, 2021
49 - The benefits of using Wikipedia to look up words when learning Chinese
Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a dictionary, but did you know that it can be better than a dictionary for looking up words when learning Chinese? Link to article: The benefits of using Wikipedia to look up words when learning Chinese https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-benefits-of-using-wikipedia-to-look-up-words-when-learning-chinese/ Tags: #learnchinese #wikipedia #dictionary #wiktionary Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
14:02
July 12, 2021
48 - How to get past the intermediate Chinese learning plateau
When you start learning Chinese, your ability to communicate increases with every word you learn, but as your level improves, this feeling goes away and you it might feel  like you're no longer making progress. Welcome to the intermediate plateau! How to get past the intermediate Chinese learning plateau https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-get-past-the-intermediate-chinese-learning-plateau Tags: #learnchinese #podcast #intermediate #plateau #progress Listen to this and other episodes on your favourite podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcast, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and YouTube: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at https://www.hackingchinese.com Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:22
July 5, 2021
47 - The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know
On July 1st, 2021, a new Chinese proficiency standard takes effect. This will have big consequences for the HSK, the most widely used proficiency test for non-native speakers. What are these changes and what do they mean for you as a student? Link: The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
18:56
June 28, 2021
46 - Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin
As soon as you leave the classroom, you will notice that people don't speak Chinese the way your teacher and textbook do. Why is that, and what can you do to learn to understand regionally accented Mandarin? Link: Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
14:25
June 21, 2021
45 - The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say
Tones in Mandarin carry roughly as much information as vowels do, but still some people insist that tones are not very important, or even that native speakers don't really use tones. Why is that and what can we learn from digging deeper into this misconception? Link: The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
14:39
June 14, 2021
44 - Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle
Do you know the world's best footballer, Saylaw? What about Yàlǐshìduōdé? You probably do know them , even though you might not realise it. Link: Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
18:39
June 7, 2021
43 - How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL?
Many students who take Chinese proficiency exams say that they understand the text, but can't read fast enough. Is that a valid complaint? And how fast do you have to read to pass the hSK or TOCFL? Link: How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:11
June 1, 2021
42 - Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin
How do you balance your learning to make sure you get a healthy diet of Mandarin? Logging how much you listen, speak, read and write is easy, but are there better ways of doing it? Link: Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
24:17
May 24, 2021
41 - Chinese language logging, part 1: Why and how to track your progress
How much time are you investing into learning Chinese? Most people don't actually know the answer to this question! Why is it a good idea to log your Chinese learning and how should you go about it? Link: Chinese language logging, part 1: Why and how to track your progress More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
21:01
May 19, 2021
40 - It's time to level up your Chinese pronunciation
Clear pronunciation makes communicating in Chinese much easier; the time to level up your pronunciation is now Link: It's time to level up your Chinese pronunciation  More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
14:28
May 12, 2021
39 - How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know
There are many ways of looking up Chinese characters you don't know, but which is the best for students? Link: How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:15
May 3, 2021
38 - What's the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter?
It's not uncommon for both students and teachers to treat Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin as the same thing, but they are not, and thinking that they are can lead to certain problems. Link: What's the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
16:44
April 27, 2021
37 - Learning the second tone in Mandarin Chinese
There are many different kinds of input methods available for Chinese, such as typing, handwriting, and speech to text, but which is the best for language learners, and why? Link: Learning the second tone in Mandarin Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
12:42
April 20, 2021
36 - Chinese input methods: A guide for second language learners
There are many different kinds of input methods available for Chinese, such as typing, handwriting, and speech to text, but which is the best for language learners, and why? Link: Chinese input methods: A guide for second language learners More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
20:19
April 14, 2021
35 - Why is listening in Chinese so hard?
Many students say that listening is the hardest part of learning Chinese, not speaking, reading or writing. Why is that? Could it be that listening in Chinese is actually harder than in many other languages? Link: Why is listening in Chinese so hard? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:04
April 8, 2021
34 - Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn?
Many websites, apps and other resources for learning Chinese use colours to highlight tones, but does using colours really make tones  easier to learn? Link: Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:09
March 30, 2021
33 - The best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners
Reading is the best way to expand vocabulary and learn about new things, but how should you approach reading in Chinese? And what are the best free reading resources out there? Link: The 10 best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
13:06
March 22, 2021
32 - 6 things in Chinese that are harder to learn than they seem
Have you ever tried to do something in Chinese you thought would be fairly easy, only to find out it was much harder than you thought? Well, you're not alone! Link: 6 things in Chinese that are harder to learn than they seem More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
18:40
March 18, 2021
31 - Hacking Chinese Challenges - Building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition
Have you ever felt that you lack focus, that you don't spend enough time studying, and that it would be cool to cooperate with others to learn more Chinese? The Hacking Chinese Challenges is for you. Link: Hacking Chinese Challenges (challenges.hackingchinese.com) More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
08:58
March 8, 2021
30 - Learning science in Chinese with 李永乐老师
Have you ever wanted to listen in on great Chinese teachers when they talk about science, technology and related topics? Now, you can!  Original article: Learning science in Chinese with 李永乐老师 More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
15:57
March 1, 2021
29 - 5 levels of understanding Chinese characters: Superficial forms to deep structure
Understanding is necessary for efficient learning, but when it comes to Chinese characters, is more understanding always better? Original article: 5 levels of understanding Chinese characters: Superficial forms to deep structure More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
14:31
February 24, 2021
28 - 20 tips and tricks to improve your Chinese writing ability
For most people, writing in Chinese is synonymous with writing characters, but there is in fact a lot more to it than that Original article: 20 tips and tricks to improve your Chinese writing ability More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
24:26
February 16, 2021
27 - 7 things you were taught in Chinese class that are actually wrong
Have you ever been taught something that later turns out not to be true? Here are 7 things commonly taught in Chinese class, that are actually wrong. Original article: 7 things you were taught in Chinese class that are actually wrong More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
15:38
February 11, 2021
26 - Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese
The third tone in Mandarin causes problems for many learners. Are you sure you are pronouncing it correctly? Original article: Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:03
February 2, 2021
25 - Welcome to the Hacking Chinese Pronunciation Course
Pronunciation is one of the most overlooked areas of learning Chinese. Here's my attempt to fix that problem! In this week's episode, I share the first episode of my pronunciation course, which is open for registration until February 5th. If you listen to this after February 5th, you can still sign up to the waiting list to get notified when the course comes around next time. Enjoy! More information about the course: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
19:60
January 31, 2021
24 - The most serious mistake students make when learning Mandarin pronunciation
Learning to pronounce Mandarin is not easy, but many students make it a lot harder than it needs to be. Original article: The most serious mistake students make when learning Mandarin pronunciation More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
19:49
January 19, 2021
23 - Best of Hacking Chinese 2020
I published 47 articles on Hacking Chinese in 2020. Here is a summary of the most popular ones, as well as my own favourites. Original article: Best of Hacking Chinese 2020 More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
21:09
January 13, 2021
22 - Can too much guidance make you learn less Chinese?
Guidance can make learning Chinese easier, but if used incorrectly, it can actually make you learn less. Original article: Can too much guidance make you learn less Chinese? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
16:39
January 6, 2021
21 - 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? Original article: How to not fail with your New Year resolution to learn Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
15:19
December 31, 2020
20 - 7 things Chinese students should during the winter vacation
Around this time of year most institutions take a break from teaching Chinese, but that doesn't mean that you should stop learning. Original article: 7 things Chinese students should during the winter vacation More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
13:11
December 22, 2020
19 - Nine answers to questions about Pinyin and Chinese pronunciation
Learning to pronounce Mandarin can be tricky, and if you misunderstand the link between spoken sounds and Pinyin spelling, it gets a lot worse. Original article: 9 answers to questions about Pinyin and pronunciation More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
28:39
December 16, 2020
18 - The forking path: A human approach to learning Chinese
Setting long-terms goals is easy, but sticking to them over months and years is much harder. Why is that, and are there any alternatives? Original article: The forking path: A human approach to learning Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:45
December 8, 2020
17 - How good is your Chinese?
I think most of us evaluate our own language proficiency all the time, but is such intuitive self-assessment useful? And are there any good alternatives? Original article: How good is your Chinese? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:56
December 1, 2020
16 - An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners
We've all heard that reading is great for language learning, but what if I told you that most Chinese learners are actually going about it the wrong way? Original article: An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
16:21
November 23, 2020
15 - Celebrating ten years of Hacking Chinese
10 years. 472 articles. 650,000 words. It's hard to believe, but I've been writing articles on Hacking Chinese for more than a decade now! Original article: Celebrating ten years of Hacking Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
16:44
November 17, 2020
14 - Why you should listen to the Hacking Chinese podcast
I prefer listening over reading in many cases, which is partly why I created the Hacking Chinese Podcast. But why should you listen to it? Will it improve your Chinese? Original article: Tune in to the Hacking Chinese Podcast! More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
08:51
November 11, 2020
13 - Dealing with Chinese characters you keep mixing up
When we first start learning Chinese, each new character is hard to learn, but as we learn more, it gets easier. But a new problem soon appears: Mixing up similar characters we have already learnt. Original article: Dealing with Chinese characters you keep mixing up More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.hackingchinese.com) Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:30
November 3, 2020
12 - When spaced repetition fails, and what to do about it
The goal of spaced repetition software is to schedule reviews efficiently, delaying as long as possible, but not so long that you forget. But when it comes to language learning, this is often not enough. Original article: When spaced repetition fails, and what to do about it https://www.hackingchinese.com/when-spaced-repetition-fails-and-what-to-do-about-it/ Links to things mentioned in this episode (in chronological order): Anki, Pleco, Skritter, Leitner system (Wikipedia), Reading is a lot like spaced repetition, only better, Spaced repetition software and why you should use it, Which words you should learn and where to find them, Supermemo algoritm (Supermemo), Chinese listening strategies: Improving listening speed, Flashcard overflow: About card models and review directions, An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners, The most common Chinese words, characters and components for language learners and teachers, Free and easy audio flashcards for Chinese dictation practice with Anki, Is your flashcard deck too big for your own good? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
15:16
October 28, 2020
11 - 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. Original article: Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
10:42
October 20, 2020
10 - Chinese is fascinating and exciting, not weird and stupid
When learning a foreign language, some things might appear weird or even stupid. But does a negative attitude towards Chinese make it harder to learn? And if it does, how can you adopt a more positive approach? Original article: Chinese is fascinating and exciting, not weird and stupid More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:50
October 13, 2020
09 - Are mnemonics too slow for Chinese learners?
Mnemonics are clever memory devices designed to make it easier to remember things, but considering that they take time both to create and retrieve, are they really that useful for learning Chinese? Original article: Are mnemonics too slow for Chinese learners? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
12:41
October 6, 2020
08 - How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing
Feedback is important for learning, because it can show you how to not use the language and highlight things you hadn't noticed before. But getting honest feedback on your Chinese is harder than you might think. Original article: How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:34
September 29, 2020
07 - Diversify how you study Chinese to learn more
How is it possible to spend 80 hours a week learning Chinese? And what can you learn from that, even if you're busy juggling work, family and other commitments? Original article: Diversify how you study Chinese to learn more More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:21
September 22, 2020
06 - Learning Chinese words: When quantity beats quality
Everybody knows that having a large vocabulary is important, but how important is it for Chinese learners? And how should you go about learning more characters and words? Original article: Learning Chinese words: When quantity beats quality More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
11:52
September 15, 2020
05 - The key to unlocking your first semester of Chinese
When you first start learning Chinese, everything is new. There are so much to learn, so many questions. What are the most common challenges beginners face and how can you overcome them? Original article: The key to unlocking your first semester of Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
09:20
September 8, 2020
04 - Why not going to China now could actually be good for your Chinese
Most people agree that immersing yourself in the language is the best way to learn, but what if I told you that delaying your trip might actually be good for your Chinese? Original article: Why not going to China now could actually be good for your Chinese More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
10:28
September 1, 2020
03 - How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach
I started learning Chinese well over a decade ago, and I have encountered many great teachers. But I have also seen truly terrible teaching, especially when it comes to Chinese characters. Original article: How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
10:35
August 25, 2020
02 - What important words are missing from HSK?
HSK is one of the most widely used proficiency tests for Chinese, and many students strive to learn the vocabulary associated with each level. But what important words are missing HSK? Original article: What important words are missing from HSK? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
15:33
August 18, 2020
01 - Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters?
Chinese characters can be both fascinating and frightening at the same time. Given how much effort it takes to learn to read and write, would it be a good idea to delay learning Chinese characters? Original article: Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters? More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)
13:35
August 11, 2020