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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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122 - Learning Chinese words, characters and components
122 - Learning Chinese words, characters and components
Vocabulary is the foundation of all other language skills. But how should you learn Chinese words, characters and character components? Link to article: Chinese vocabulary challenge #learnchinese #vocabulary #characters #words #challenge Hacking Chinese Challenges: https://challenges.hackingchinese.com/ Chinese vocabulary challenge, December 2022: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-vocabulary-challenge/ Kickstart your learning with the Skritter Character Course (use the code HCVOCABCHALLENGE to get 30 days for free before the end of December 2022): https://www.hackingchinese.com/kickstart-your-learning-with-the-skritter-character-course/ 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/ My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/my-best-advice-on-how-to-learn-chinese-characters/ Remembering is a skill you can learn: https://www.hackingchinese.com/remembering-is-a-skill-you-can-learn/ The real challenge with learning Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-real-challenge-when-learning-characters/ Zooming in: The tools you need to break down and understand Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/zooming-in-the-tools-you-need-to-break-down-and-understand-chinese/ 7 mistakes I made when writing Chinese characters and what I learnt from them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/7-mistakes-i-made-when-writing-chinese-characters-and-what-i-learnt-from-them/ 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)
18:03
December 06, 2022
121 - Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 3: Using what you already know to aid listening comprehension in Chinese
121 - Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 3: Using what you already know to aid listening comprehension in Chinese
Listening comprehension is not only about extracting information from the spoken Mandarin you hear, it's also about applying what you already know and expect. Link to article: Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 3: Using what you already know to aid listening comprehension in Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-3-using-what-you-already-know-to-aid-listening-comprehension-in-chinese/ #learnchinese #listening #comprehension #top-down Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 1: A guide to Chinese listening comprehension: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-1-a-guide-to-chinese-listening-comprehension/ Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 2: From sound to meaning in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-2-from-sound-to-meaning-in-mandarin The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-importance-of-tones-is-inversely-proportional-to-the-predictability-of-what-you-say/ Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle: https://www.hackingchinese.com/lost-in-transcription-saylaw-ice-island-and-aristotle/ Tone errors in Mandarin that actually can cause misunderstandings: https://www.hackingchinese.com/tone-errors-in-mandarin-that-actually-can-cause-confusion/ 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)
21:39
November 28, 2022
120 - The simple trick I used to double the amount of Chinese I listen to
120 - 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 episode, I’ll introduce and explain a simple trick that allowed me to double the amount of Chinese I listen to! Link to article: The simple trick I used to double the amount of Chinese I listen to: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-simple-trick-i-used-to-double-the-amount-of-chinese-i-listen-to/ #learnchinese #listening #habits #trick Improving listening ability is mostly a matter of practice: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listing-ability-a-matter-of-practice/ Your problem might not actually be listening: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listening-strategies-problem-analysis/ Learn to understand regionally accented Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-understand-regionally-accented-mandarin/ The 10 best free listening resource collections for learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-10-best-free-listening-resource-collections-for-learning-chinese/ Three steps to more and better Chinese listening practice: https://www.hackingchinese.com/three-steps-to-more-and-better-listening-practice/ How narrow listening and reading can help you learn Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/narrow-listening-reading-can-help-learn-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)
09:53
November 22, 2022
119 - Standard pronunciation in Chinese and why you want it
119 - Standard pronunciation in Chinese and why you want it
What pronunciation should you learn if your local friends say one thing and your teacher something else? How should you navigate the space between standard pronunciation and regional accents? Standard pronunciation will help you communicate, but a regional accent might help you fit in. Link to article: Standard pronunciation in Chinese and why you want it: https://www.hackingchinese.com/standardised-pronunciation-in-chinese-and-why-you-want-it/ #learnchinese #pronunciation #standard #mandarin Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-understand-regionally-accented-mandarin/ 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)
17:27
November 14, 2022
118 - Tone errors in Mandarin that actually can cause misunderstandings
118 - Tone errors in Mandarin that actually can cause misunderstandings
Accidentally saying “chest hair” in Chinese when you actually mean “panda” is certainly amusing, but it rarely causes misunderstandings. Let’s talk about some tone errors that actually do cause confusion! Link to article: Tone errors in Mandarin that actually can cause misunderstandings: https://www.hackingchinese.com/tone-errors-in-mandarin-that-actually-can-cause-confusion/ #learnchinese #tones #communication #misunderstanding The Hacking Chinese guide to Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-hacking-chinese-guide-to-mandarin-tones/ Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-importance-of-tones-is-inversely-proportional-to-the-predictability-of-what-you-say/ The tones in Mandarin are more important than you think: https://www.hackingchinese.com/tones-are-more-important-than-you-think/ The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-importance-of-tones-is-inversely-proportional-to-the-predictability-of-what-you-say/ How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-word-games-to-practise-fluency/ 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)
19:39
November 08, 2022
117 - How to study Chinese when you don’t feel like it
117 - How to study Chinese when you don’t feel like it
The more you study the better, but what if you don't feel like studying at the moment? Instead of giving up, gear down and find ways of learning Chinese that suit your current state of mind. Link to article: How to study Chinese when you don’t feel like it: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-study-chinese-when-you-dont-feel-like-it/ #learnchinese #motivation #studytime #procrastination Have fun learning Chinese or else… https://www.hackingchinese.com/have-fun-or-else/ The 10 best free Chinese listening resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-10-best-free-chinese-listening-resources-for-beginner-intermediate-and-advanced-learners/ Time quality: Studying the right thing at the right time: https://www.hackingchinese.com/time-quality-and-studying-chinese/ What’s your next step to master Chinese? https://www.hackingchinese.com/whats-your-next-step-to-master-chinese/ An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/introduction-extensive-reading-chinese-learners/ Learning Chinese with StarCraft 2: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-chinese-with-starcraft-2/ Learning science in Chinese with 李永乐老师: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-science-in-chinese-with-liyonglelaoshi/ Improving your Chinese while watching TV shows: https://www.hackingchinese.com/improving-your-chinese-while-watching-tv-shows/ Why learning Chinese through music is underrated: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-learning-chinese-through-music-is-underrated/ 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)
18:53
November 02, 2022
116 - Are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese?
116 - Are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese?
Some say that there are no shortcuts for learning Chinese, others say that there are many shortcuts. So which one is it, are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese? Link to article: Are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese? https://www.hackingchinese.com/are-there-any-shortcuts-for-learning-chinese/ #learnchinese #shortcuts #method #howtolearn Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-spaced-repetition-software-is-uniquely-well-suited-to-learning-chinese-characters/ Diversify how you study Chinese to learn more: https://www.hackingchinese.com/diversified-learning-is-smart-learning/ Is speaking more important than listening when learning Chinese? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-speaking-more-important-than-listening-when-learning-chinese/ 20 tips and tricks to improve your Chinese writing ability: https://www.hackingchinese.com/20-tips-and-tricks-to-improve-your-chinese-writing-ability/ Phonetic components, part 1: The key to 80% of all Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/phonetic-components-part-1-the-key-to-80-of-all-chinese-characters/ Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-chinese/ The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-5-making-sense-of-chinese-words/ Learning Chinese efficiently vs. learning quickly: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-efficiently-vs-learning-quickly/ Three factors that decide how much Chinese you learn: https://www.hackingchinese.com/three-factors-decide-much-chinese-learn/ 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)
15:40
October 24, 2022
115 - The 10 best free Chinese listening resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners
115 - The 10 best free Chinese listening resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners
Listening is the most important skill of all, because it accelerates all other learning and is crucial for social integration. What are the best free Chinese listening resources out there for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners? Link to article: The 10 best free Chinese listening resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-10-best-free-chinese-listening-resources-for-beginner-intermediate-and-advanced-learners/ #learnchinese #listening #resources #beginner #intermediate #advanced 7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice: https://www.hackingchinese.com/make-sure-that-listening-is-not-a-practical-problem/ The 10 best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/10-best-free-chinese-reading-resources-beginner-intermediate-advanced/ Is speaking more important than listening when learning Chinese? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-speaking-more-important-than-listening-when-learning-chinese/ Three factors that decide how much Chinese you learn: https://www.hackingchinese.com/three-factors-decide-much-chinese-learn/ Learning Chinese through comprehensible input: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-chinese-comprehensible-input/ How to become fluent in Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-become-fluent-in-chinese/ How to adjust your Chinese listening to the right level: https://www.hackingchinese.com/adjust-your-listening-practice-to-your-current-state-of-mind/ The forking path: A human approach to learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-forking-path-a-human-approach-to-learning-chinese/ The time barrel: How to find more time to study Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-time-barrel-you-have-more-time-than-you-think/ How to find more time to practise Chinese listening: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-find-more-time-to-practise-listening/ 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)
18:46
October 18, 2022
114 - Learning the neutral tone in Mandarin
114 - Learning the neutral tone in Mandarin
The neutral tone in Mandarin Chinese can be tricky to learn. How is it pronounced? Is it a fifth tone? And how do you know when it should be used? Link to article: Learning the neutral tone in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-neutral-tone-in-mandarin #learnchinese #pronunciation #neutraltone #tones Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-chinese/ The Hacking Chinese guide to Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-hacking-chinese-guide-to-mandarin-tones/ Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ 7 ways to write Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/7-ways-to-write-mandarin-tones/ Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-understand-regionally-accented-mandarin/ 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)
18:58
October 12, 2022
113 - Training your Chinese teacher, part 1: Introduction
113 - Training your Chinese teacher, part 1: Introduction
Finding a good Chinese teacher is not easy, but there are many things you can do to get more out of the time you spend with a teacher, and  in a sense, train him or her to better suit your needs and preferences. Link to article: Training your Chinese teacher, part 1: Introduction: https://www.hackingchinese.com/training-your-chinese-teacher-part-1-introduction/ #learnchinese #teacher #class #improve Chinese pronunciation challenge, October 2022: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-pronunciation-challenge/ Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ Take responsibility for your Chinese learning now: https://www.hackingchinese.com/take-responsibility-for-your-own-learning/ Should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-enrol-in-a-chinese-course-or-are-you-better-off-learning-on-your-own/ Are there any shortcuts for learning Chinese? https://www.hackingchinese.com/are-there-any-shortcuts-for-learning-chinese/ An introduction to comprehension-based Chinese teaching and learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/introduction-comprehension-based-chinese-teaching-learning/ Will a Chinese-only rule improve your learning? https://www.hackingchinese.com/are-chinese-only-rules-good-for-learning/ How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-art-of-being-corrected/ 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)
20:42
October 04, 2022
112 - Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 2: From sound to meaning in Mandarin
112 - Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 2: From sound to meaning in Mandarin
Listening comprehension is essential when learning Chinese, but if we want to improve, we need to move beyond tīng bu dǒng and identify what the problem really is. Link to article: Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 2: From sound to meaning in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-2-from-sound-to-meaning-in-mandarin Link to the first article in this series: :Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 1: A guide to Chinese listening comprehension: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-1-a-guide-to-chinese-listening-comprehension #learnchinese #listening #comprehension #bottom-up Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-chinese/ What’s the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter? https://www.hackingchinese.com/whats-the-difference-chinese-pronunciation-and-pinyin-does-matter/ Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-understand-regionally-accented-mandarin/ Learning to hear the sounds and tones in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-to-hear-the-sounds-tones-in-mandarin/ Chinese listening strategies: Improving listening speed: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listening-strategies-improving-listening-speed/ The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-5-making-sense-of-chinese-words/ The building blocks of Chinese, part 6: Learning and remembering compound words: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-words-really-fast/ 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)
23:42
September 26, 2022
111 - Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 1: A guide to Chinese listening comprehension
111 - Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 1: A guide to Chinese listening comprehension
Listening comprehension is essential when learning Chinese, but if we want to improve, we need to move beyond tīng bu dǒng and identify what the problem really is. Link to article: Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 1: A guide to Chinese listening comprehension: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-1-a-guide-to-chinese-listening-comprehension #learnchinese #listening #comprehension The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-5-making-sense-of-chinese-words/ Three factors that decide how much Chinese you learn: https://www.hackingchinese.com/three-factors-decide-much-chinese-learn/ Chinese listening strategies: Active listening: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listening-strategies-active-listening/ Chinese listening strategies: Passive listening: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listening-strategies-passive-listening/ Chinese listening strategies: Background listening: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listening-strategies-background-listening/ 7 ideas for smooth and effortless Chinese listening practice: https://www.hackingchinese.com/make-sure-that-listening-is-not-a-practical-problem/ 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
September 20, 2022
110 - Kickstart your learning with the Skritter Character Course
110 - Kickstart your learning with the Skritter Character Course
What’s the best way to learn Chinese characters as a beginner? The Skritter character course is my  best attempt at answering that question. Link to article: Kickstart your learning with the Skritter Character Course: https://www.hackingchinese.com/kickstart-your-learning-with-the-skritter-character-course/ Link to the course (use this link or coupon code HCSKRITTER to get 10% off): https://skritter.com/vocablists/view/5290918137167872?ref=hackingchinese&?coupon=HCSKRITTER  #learnchinese #characters #course #skritter Skritter on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SkritterHQ Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-spaced-repetition-software-is-uniquely-well-suited-to-learning-chinese-characters/ How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-not-teach-chinese-characters-to-beginners-a-12-step-approach/ Outlier Chinese Character Masterclass: https://www.outlier-linguistics.com/collections/chinese/products/how-to-learn-chinese-characters?rfsn=4170716.4415dd Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: 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)
15:58
September 13, 2022
109 - Focusing on Mandarin tones without being distracted by Pinyin
109 - Focusing on Mandarin tones without being distracted by Pinyin
When Chinese characters appear next to Pinyin, the familiar letters distract us from the characters. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep information about the tones, but throw Pinyin away? Link to article: Focusing on Mandarin tones without being distracted by Pinyin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/focusing-on-mandarin-tones-without-being-distracted-by-pinyin/ #learnchinese #pinyin #tones #reading Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-learn-to-speak-chinese-before-you-learn-chinese-characters/ Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn? https://www.hackingchinese.com/does-using-colour-to-represent-mandarin-tones-make-them-easier-to-learn/ 7 kinds of tone problems and what to do about them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/7-kinds-tone-problems/ Reading aloud in Chinese is really hard: https://www.hackingchinese.com/reading-aloud-in-chinese-is-really-hard/ 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)
12:48
September 06, 2022
108 - Take responsibility for your Chinese learning now
108 - Take responsibility for your Chinese learning now
You should be responsible for your own learning, and if you outsource that to someone else, the results might be disastrous. This might sound obvious, but I think the problem is widely overlooked, especially by students enrolled in language courses. Link to article: Take responsibility for your Chinese learning now: https://www.hackingchinese.com/take-responsibility-for-your-own-learning/ #learnchinese #responsibility #control #independence Unlocking Chinese: The Ultimate Course for Beginners: https://unlockingchinese.com Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: http://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com/ Which Chinese language course should you take? https://www.hackingchinese.com/which-chinese-language-course-should-you-take/ 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)
12:31
August 29, 2022
107 - 50 beginner questions about learning Chinese
107 - 50 beginner questions about learning Chinese
Learning Chinese as a beginner can be confusing. Here are answers to 50 common questions asked by new learners! Link to article: 50 beginner questions about learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/50-beginner-questions-about-learning-chinese/ #learnchinese #beginner #questions Unlocking Chinese: The Ultimate Course for Beginners: https://unlockingchinese.com Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: http://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com/ Which Chinese language course should you take? https://www.hackingchinese.com/which-chinese-language-course-should-you-take/ 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)
31:42
August 23, 2022
106 - Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA
106 - Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA
Which transcription system should you use when learning Mandarin: Pinyin, Zhuyin or perhaps IPA? Let’s discuss their pros and cons! Link to article 1: Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA: Part 1: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-pronounce-mandarin-with-pinyin-zhuyin-and-ipa-part-1/ Link to article 2: Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA: Part 2: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-pronounce-mandarin-with-pinyin-zhuyin-and-ipa-part-2/ #learnchinese #pinyin #zhuyin #ipa Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: http://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com/ What’s the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter? https://www.hackingchinese.com/whats-the-difference-chinese-pronunciation-and-pinyin-does-matter/ Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-learning-chinese-pronunciation-by-using-english-words-is-a-really-bad-idea/ A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-guide-to-pinyin-traps-and-pitfalls/ How learning some basic theory can improve your pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-learning-some-basic-theory-can-improve-your-pronunciation/ 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)
17:06
August 16, 2022
105 - 10 ways of using games to learn and teach Chinese
105 - 10 ways of using games to learn and teach Chinese
Games are great for learning languages. Here are ten ways you can use games to learn or teach Chinese as a second language! Link to article: 10 ways of using games to learn and teach Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/10-ways-using-games-learn-teach-chinese/ #learnchinese #games How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-word-games-to-practise-fluency/ Playing Codenames to learn Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-codenames-learn-chinese/ Diane Neubauer about teaching Chinese with Mafia (I): http://tprsforchinese.blogspot.com/2015/04/mafia-ci-friendly-game.html Diane Neubauer about teaching Chinese with Mafia (II): http://tprsforchinese.blogspot.com/2016/08/simple-mafia-game-versions-journey-to.html Role-playing as a way to expand your Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/role-playing-as-a-way-to-expand-your-language-competence/ Playing computer games in Chinese: Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2: https://www.hackingchinese.com/diablo-3-and-starcraft-2-playing-computer-games-in-chinese/ Learning Chinese by playing board games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-chinese-playing-board-games/ Five text games for Chinese learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/five-text-games-for-chinese-learners/ Play Escape! for free: https://wordswing.com/text-game/escape/overview 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)
15:01
August 08, 2022
104 - Hacking Chinese Podcast two-year anniversary Q&A
104 - Hacking Chinese Podcast two-year anniversary Q&A
How do you stop translating in your head? Is it worthwhile to study a Pinyin chart? And how do you learn traditional characters after learning simplified? Link to article: Hacking Chinese Podcast two-year anniversary Q&A: https://www.hackingchinese.com/hacking-chinese-podcast-two-year-anniversary-qa/ #learnchinese #chinesecharacters #translation #pinyin A list of all episodes can be found here: https://www.hackingchinese.com/podcast/ Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence A complete guide to natural and clear Mandarin pronunciation: https://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com AllSet Learning Pronunciation Wiki Pinyin Chart: https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/pronunciation/pinyin_chart Learning simplified and traditional Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/simplified-and-traditional-chinese/ Are simplified characters really simpler to learn? https://www.hackingchinese.com/are-simplified-characters-really-simpler-to-learn/ How to become fluent in Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-become-fluent-in-chinese/ How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-word-games-to-practise-fluency/ 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)
24:20
August 02, 2022
103 - How to learn Chinese characters as a beginner
103 - How to learn Chinese characters as a beginner
Whole books have been written about how the Chinese writing system works, and really understanding Chinese is a lifelong adventure, but what do you do as a beginner when asked to memorise a list of characters and words? Here are eight easy-to-follow strategies! Link to article: How to learn Chinese characters as a beginner: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-chinese-characters-as-a-beginner/ #learnchinese #beginner #chinesecharacters 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/ Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/ Pleco: https://hackingchinese.com/pleco ArchChinese: https://www.archchinese.com/ How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-look-up-chinese-characters-you-dont-know/ All the resources you need to learn and teach Chinese stroke order: https://www.hackingchinese.com/everything-you-need-to-learn-chinese-stroke-order/ AllSetLearning Chinese Pronuncitaion Wiki: https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/pronunciation/pinyin_chart Review: The Outlier Linguistics Dictionary of Chinese Characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/review-the-outlier-linguistics-dictionary-of-chinese-characters-with-discount-code/ Diversify how you study Chinese to learn more: https://www.hackingchinese.com/diversified-learning-is-smart-learning/ 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/ How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-not-teach-chinese-characters-to-beginners-a-12-step-approach/ 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)
13:18
July 26, 2022
102 - 7 ways to write Mandarin tones
102 - 7 ways to write Mandarin tones
There are many ways of writing down the tones of Mandarin beyond the standard tone marks. Which are they and what pros and cons do they have for learners? Link to article: 7 ways to write Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/7-ways-to-write-mandarin-tones/ #learnchinese #tones #marks #letters What’s the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter? https://www.hackingchinese.com/whats-the-difference-chinese-pronunciation-and-pinyin-does-matter/ Learning to pronounce Mandarin with Pinyin, Zhuyin and IPA: Part 1: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-pronounce-mandarin-with-pinyin-zhuyin-and-ipa-part-1/ Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn? https://www.hackingchinese.com/does-using-colour-to-represent-mandarin-tones-make-them-easier-to-learn/ Extending mnemonics: Tones and pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/extending-mnemonics-inspiration-and-insights/ 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)
25:11
July 21, 2022
101 - Chinese language question triage: When to ask whom about what
101 - Chinese language question triage: When to ask whom about what
When learning Chinese, questions about the language pop up all the time, but what's the best way to answer them? Link to article: Chinese language question triage: When to ask whom about what: https://www.hackingchinese.com/language-question-triage-general-guidelines/ #learnchinese #questions #answers #triage 5 websites to help answer your questions about Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/5-websites-to-help-answer-your-questions-about-chinese/ How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-look-up-chinese-characters-you-dont-know/ 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/ 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)
10:02
July 11, 2022
100 - The most common Chinese words, characters and components for language learners and teachers
100 - The most common Chinese words, characters and components for language learners and teachers
A good  principle for choosing what to learn is to focus on the most useful things first, but how do you know what's most useful? Frequency lists can be helpful, but are often misused. Link to article:  The most common Chinese words, characters and components for language learners and teachers: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-most-common-chinese-words-characters-and-components-for-language-learners-and-teachers/ #learnchinese #words #hanzi #components #frequency Three factors that decide how much Chinese you learn: https://www.hackingchinese.com/three-factors-decide-much-chinese-learn/ Vocabulary lists that help you learn Chinese and how to use them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/different-lists-for-learning-chinese/ The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-5-making-sense-of-chinese-words/ 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)
17:27
July 06, 2022
99 - How to become fluent in Chinese
99 - How to become fluent in Chinese
Being fluent in Chinese is more about being good at applying what you know, rather than knowing everything. Many students focus too much on learning new things, and neglect mastering what they've already learnt. Link to article: How to become fluent in Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-become-fluent-in-chinese/ #learnchinese #fluency #fourstrands Which words you should learn and where to find them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/which-words-you-should-learn-in-and-where-to-find-them/ Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation’s four strands: https://www.hackingchinese.com/analyse-and-balance-your-chinese-learning-with-paul-nations-four-strands/ Chinese listening strategies: Improving listening speed: https://www.hackingchinese.com/listening-strategies-improving-listening-speed/ How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL? https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-important-is-reading-speed-on-tests-like-hsk-and-tocfl/ Language is communication, not only an abstract subject to study: https://www.hackingchinese.com/language-is-communication-not-an-abstract-subject-to-study/ Why you should use more than one Chinese textbook: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-you-should-use-more-than-one-chinese-textbook/ How narrow listening and reading can help you learn Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/narrow-listening-reading-can-help-learn-chinese/ How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-word-games-to-practise-fluency/ 20 tips and tricks to improve your Chinese writing ability: https://www.hackingchinese.com/20-tips-and-tricks-to-improve-your-chinese-writing-ability/ 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)
17:44
June 28, 2022
98 - How to learn from your mistakes and errors when learning Chinese
98 - How to learn from your mistakes and errors when learning Chinese
Making mistakes is a natural part of learning Chinese, but how can you make sure you learn as much as possible from the mistakes you make? The answer can be anything from "ignore it" to "stop everything you're doing and get to the bottom of it", and it all depends on what kind of mistake you've made! Link to article:  How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing: https://www.hackingchinese.com/about-the-importance-of-separating-various-kinds-of-mistakes/ #learnchinese #mistakes #errors #improvement How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-art-of-being-corrected/ 7 things you were taught in Chinese class that are actually wrong: https://www.hackingchinese.com/7-things-you-were-taught-in-chinese-class-that-are-actually-wrong/ Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-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)
21:44
June 21, 2022
97 - Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand?
97 - Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand?
Chinese characters are beautiful, but they take a long time to learn, especially if you want to be able to write them by hand. But do you actually need handwriting? When might you be required to write by hand? And are there any other benefits with handwriting that might make it all worthwhile? Link to article: Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-it-necessary-to-learn-to-write-chinese-characters-by-hand/ #learnchinese #handwriting #typing #reading #hanzi Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-it-necessary-to-learn-to-write-chinese-characters-by-hand/ Chinese vocabulary challenge, June 2022: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-vocabulary-challenge/ The new HSK 3.0 (2021): What you need to know: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-new-hsk-3-0-what-you-need-to-know/ Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-learn-to-speak-chinese-before-you-learn-chinese-characters/ Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/ My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/my-best-advice-on-how-to-learn-chinese-characters/ How to learn Chinese characters as a beginner: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-chinese-characters-as-a-beginner/ A minimum-effort approach to writing Chinese characters by hand: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-minimum-effort-approach-to-writing-chinese-characters-by-hand/ 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)
27:36
June 13, 2022
96 - Which words you should learn and where to find them
96 - Which words you should learn and where to find them
When learning a language, it's important to know many words, but it's also important that you learn the right words. How do you know which words to learn? Where should you find those words? And how much can you express using only the ten hundred most used words? Link to article: Which words you should learn and where to find them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/which-words-you-should-learn-in-and-where-to-find-them/ #learnchinese #requency #wordlists #fluency June Chinese vocabulary challenge: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-vocabulary-challenge/ Hacking Chinese on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hackingchinese/ Skritter on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skritterchinese/ xkcd’s Up Goer Five: https://xkcd.com/1133/ How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-word-games-to-practise-fluency/ The most common Chinese words, characters and components for language learners and teachers: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-most-common-chinese-words-characters-and-components-for-language-learners-and-teachers/ Mapping the terra incognita of Chinese vocabulary: https://www.hackingchinese.com/mapping-the-terra-incognita-of-vocabulary/ 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)
11:45
June 06, 2022
95 - Why you should use more than one Chinese textbook
95 - Why you should use more than one Chinese textbook
A textbook can only provide a sliver of the content and activities you need to learn Chinese, but rather than throwing your textbook away, try using several of them in parallel. Link to article: Why you should use more than one Chinese textbook: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-you-should-use-more-than-one-chinese-textbook/ #learnchinese #textbooks #input #reading #listening Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation’s four strands: https://www.hackingchinese.com/analyse-and-balance-your-chinese-learning-with-paul-nations-four-strands/ Should you learn Chinese vocabulary from lists? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-learn-chinese-vocabulary-from-lists/ Learn Chinese implicitly through exposure with a seasoning of explicit instruction: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learn-chinese-implicitly-exposure-seasoning-explicit-instruction/ Why your Chinese isn’t as good as you think it ought to be: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-your-chinese-isnt-as-good-as-you-think-it-ought-to-be/ The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beginner-chinese-reading/ The illusion of advanced learning and what to do about it: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-illusion-of-advanced-learning-and-what-to-do-about-it/ 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)
17:03
May 30, 2022
94 - Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation's four strands
94 - Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation's four strands
When learning Chinese, it’s hard to make sure you’re doing the right things. Paul Nation’s four strands allow you analyse and balance your learning! Link to article: Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation's four strands: https://www.hackingchinese.com/analyse-and-balance-your-chinese-learning-with-paul-nations-four-strands #learnchinese #fourstrands #sla #input #output #fluency Nation, P. (2007). The four strands. International Journal of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 1(1), 2-13. Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-2-a-healthy-balanced-diet-of-mandarin/ Why your Chinese isn’t as good as you think it ought to be: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-your-chinese-isnt-as-good-as-you-think-it-ought-to-be/ Time quality: Studying the right thing at the right time: https://www.hackingchinese.com/time-quality-and-studying-chinese/ An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/introduction-extensive-reading-chinese-learners/ Learn Chinese implicitly through exposure with a seasoning of explicit instruction: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learn-chinese-implicitly-exposure-seasoning-explicit-instruction/ 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)
20:17
May 24, 2022
93 - On accuracy, communication and comprehensibility when learning Chinese
93 - On accuracy, communication and comprehensibility when learning Chinese
As if learning basic tones wasn't enough, tones in Mandarin also influence each other and change depending on context. Some of these tone change rules you have to learn, but others are better left alone and will be absorbed naturally over time. Link to article: On accuracy, communication and comprehensibility when learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/on-accuracy-communication-and-comprehensibility-when-learning-chinese #learnchinese #errors #communication #accuracy Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-chinese/ About jumbling letters in English words: https://www.dictionary.com/e/typoglycemia/ The Persistence of Comprehension (by Hexacoto): https://hexacoto.com/2014/03/12/the-persistence-of-comprehension/ The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-importance-of-tones-is-inversely-proportional-to-the-predictability-of-what-you-say/ Standard pronunciation in Chinese and why you want it: https://www.hackingchinese.com/standardised-pronunciation-in-chinese-and-why-you-want-it/ Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-understand-regionally-accented-mandarin/ 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)
14:52
May 16, 2022
92 - Obligatory and optional tone change rules in Mandarin
92 - Obligatory and optional tone change rules in Mandarin
As if learning basic tones wasn't enough, tones in Mandarin also influence each other and change depending on context. Some of these tone change rules you have to learn, but others are better left alone and will be absorbed naturally over time. Link to article: Obligatory and optional tone change rules in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/optional-obligatory-tone-change-rules-mandarin/ #learnchinese #tones #sandhi #pronunciation Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-chinese/ The Hacking Chinese guide to Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-hacking-chinese-guide-to-mandarin-tones/ The above article about the challenge also contains a lot of advice on what to listen to as a beginner, intermediate and advanced learner! 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)
14:28
May 09, 2022
91 - How to find more time to practise Chinese listening
91 - How to find more time to practise Chinese listening
Listening is probably the most important skill when learning Chinese, and the more you practise, the better. In order to listen as much as you should, you need to stop thinking about listening as a study activity and start thinking about it as a way of life! Link to article: How to find more time to practise Chinese listening: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-find-more-time-to-practise-listening/ #learnchinese #listening #extensive #immersion Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ Chinese listening challenge: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-listening-challenge/ The above article about the challenge also contains a lot of advice on what to listen to as a beginner, intermediate and advanced learner! 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)
15:47
May 03, 2022
90 - Are authentic texts good for learning Chinese or is graded content better?
90 - Are authentic texts good for learning Chinese or is graded content better?
Authentic texts not written specifically for second language learners are rich, varied, interesting and engaging, but they can also be terribly difficult and confusing. Should you use such texts for learning Chinese, or are you better off using content tailored to language learners? Link to article: Are authentic texts good for learning Chinese or is graded content better? https://www.hackingchinese.com/are-authentic-texts-good-for-learning-chinese-or-is-graded-content-better/ #learnchinese #reading #comprehensibility #authenticity The new paperless revolution in Chinese reading: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-new-paperless-revolution-in-chinese-reading/ The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beginner-chinese-reading/ An introduction to comprehension-based Chinese teaching and learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/introduction-comprehension-based-chinese-teaching-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)
18:05
April 27, 2022
89 - What to read to improve your Chinese and why
89 - What to read to improve your Chinese and why
Reading in Chinese has many benefits, but why you read should also inform your choice of what to read. Link to article: What to read to improve your Chinese and why: https://www.hackingchinese.com/what-to-read-to-improve-your-chinese-and-why #learnchinese #reading #comprehensibility #authenticity The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beginner-chinese-reading/ 6 challenges students face when learning to read Chinese and how to overcome them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/6-challenges-students-face-when-learning-to-read-chinese-and-how-to-overcome-them/ An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/introduction-extensive-reading-chinese-learners/ How narrow listening and reading can help you learn Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/narrow-listening-reading-can-help-learn-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)
16:14
April 20, 2022
88 - How to learn Chinese pronunciation as a beginner
88 - How to learn Chinese pronunciation as a beginner
Tones in Chinese can be hard to master, but did you know that most of what you need is contained in just twenty words? Link to article: How to learn Chinese pronunciation as a beginner: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-pronunciation-as-a-beginner/ #learnchinese #pronunciation #beginner #tones Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ All articles on Hacking Chinese tagged with “pronunciation”: https://www.hackingchinese.com/tag/pronunciation/ Learning to hear the sounds and tones in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-to-hear-the-sounds-tones-in-mandarin/ Mimicking native speakers as a way of learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/mimicking-native-speakers-way-learning-chinese/ Making progress in Chinese in spite of praise: https://www.hackingchinese.com/advancing-in-spite-of-praise/ How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-art-of-being-corrected/ A smart method to discover problems with Mandarin sounds and tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-smart-method-to-discover-problems-with-tones/ Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-learning-chinese-pronunciation-by-using-english-words-is-a-really-bad-idea/ A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-guide-to-pinyin-traps-and-pitfalls/ Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone-mandarin-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)
15:02
April 11, 2022
87 - Focusing on tone pairs to improve your Mandarin pronunciation
87 - Focusing on tone pairs to improve your Mandarin pronunciation
Tones in Chinese can be hard to master, but did you know that most of what you need is contained in just twenty words? Link to article: Focusing on tone pairs to improve your Mandarin pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/focusing-on-tone-pairs-to-improve-your-mandarin-pronunciation/ #learnchinese #tones #tonepairs #pronunciation Link to pronunciation course: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com/ Focusing on tone pairs to improve your Mandarin pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/focusing-on-tone-pairs-to-improve-your-mandarin-pronunciation/ A smart method to discover problems with Mandarin sounds and tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-smart-method-to-discover-problems-with-tones/ Chinese speaking challenge, April 2022: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-speaking-challenge/ 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)
30:58
April 04, 2022
86 - Time quality: Studying the right thing at the right time
86 - Time quality: Studying the right thing at the right time
Many students think that learning a language is limited to going to class, working your way through difficult texts or having conversations with native speakers. These all contribute to your learning, but learning is not limited to things you can schedule in your calendar. If you think of it like that, you'll miss so many learning opportunities! Link to article: Time quality: Studying the right thing at the right time: https://www.hackingchinese.com/time-quality-and-studying-chinese/ #learnchinese #time #busy #schedule Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-2-a-healthy-balanced-diet-of-mandarin/ The time barrel: How to find more time to study Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-time-barrel-you-have-more-time-than-you-think/ The cheapest and most convenient way to improve your spoken Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-cheapest-and-most-convenient-way-to-improve-your-spoken-chinese/ Why you should preview before every Chinese lesson: https://www.hackingchinese.com/preview-every-chinese-lesson/ 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)
14:49
March 28, 2022
85 - 500 resources for learning and teaching Chinese, tagged by level, topic and type
85 - 500 resources for learning and teaching Chinese, tagged by level, topic and type
Finding the right resources for learning and teaching Chinese can be tricky considering how much there is on offer. How do you find resources suitable for your level, apps designed to help you meet a particular challenge, or information and advice in general? You go to Hacking Chinese Resources, of course, which features 500 resources for learning and teaching Chinese, tagged by level, topic and type. Link to article: 500 resources for learning and teaching Chinese, tagged by level, topic and type https://www.hackingchinese.com/500-resources-for-learning-and-teaching-chinese-tagged-by-level-topic-and-type/ #learnchinese #resources #links #hackingchinese Link to Hacking Chinese Resources: https://resources.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)
14:11
March 21, 2022
84 - How to start learning Chinese again after a break
84 - How to start learning Chinese again after a break
Are you picking up Chinese again after a break, and struggle to find the words and characters? Does spoken Mandarin sound vaguely familiar but incomprehensible? Then this guide will help you get back on track! Link to article: How to start learning Chinese again after a break: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-start-learning-chinese-again-after-a-break #learnchinese #recover #gettingback #hackingchinese Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-2-a-healthy-balanced-diet-of-mandarin/ Training your Chinese teacher, part 2: Speaking ability: https://www.hackingchinese.com/training-your-chinese-teacher-part-2-speaking-ability/ Overcoming the problem of having too many Chinese words to learn: https://www.hackingchinese.com/overcoming-problem-many-chinese-words-learn/ Is your flashcard deck too big for your own good? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-your-flashcard-deck-too-big-for-your-own-good/ 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)
18:59
March 14, 2022
83 - Is it necessary to learn the stroke order of Chinese characters?
83 - Is it necessary to learn the stroke order of Chinese characters?
Stroke order can feel difficult and pointless for beginners, but if you want to be able to write Chinese characters, it's important to get it right from the start. Instead of taking my word for it, let me explain why stroke order matters!  Link to article: Is it necessary to learn the stroke order of Chinese characters? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-it-necessary-to-learn-the-stroke-order-of-chinese-characters/ #learnchinese #characters #strokeorder #hanzi Link to the first episode about difficult courses (#80 on the podcast): https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-taking-a-chinese-course-thats-too-hard-good-for-your-learning/ Is it necessary to learn to write Chinese characters by hand?  https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-it-necessary-to-learn-to-write-chinese-characters-by-hand/ All the resources you need to learn and teach Chinese stroke order: https://www.hackingchinese.com/everything-you-need-to-learn-chinese-stroke-order/ Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: 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)
14:21
March 07, 2022
82 - How to survive and thrive in a difficult Chinese course
82 - How to survive and thrive in a difficult Chinese course
How do you survive a Chinese course that's too hard for you, regardless if you ended up there on purpose or because of circumstances? What are the key strategies to ensure you stay afloat and learn as much as possible? Link to article: How to survive and thrive in a difficult Chinese course: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-difficult-chinese-course #learnchinese #course #difficult #challenge Link to the first episode about difficult courses (#80 on the podcast): https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-taking-a-chinese-course-thats-too-hard-good-for-your-learning/ Chinese language question triage: General guidelines: https://www.hackingchinese.com/language-question-triage-general-guidelines/ 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)
20:53
February 28, 2022
81 - The benefits of using 语文/國文 textbooks to learn Chinese
81 - The benefits of using 语文/國文 textbooks to learn Chinese
Most foreigners learning Chinese rely on textbooks written specifically for foreigners, but what about textbooks written for native speakers, can’t we use those to learn Chinese too? Link to article: The benefits of using 语文/國文 textbooks to learn Chinese https://www.hackingchinese.com/benefits-using-语文國文-textbooks-learn-chinese/ #learnchinese #textbooks #语文 #國文 #chinese John' article about learning Classical Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-classical-chinese-is-for-everyone-no-seriously/ The 10 best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/10-best-free-chinese-reading-resources-beginner-intermediate-advanced/ 866 digital textbooks for expanding your Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/866-digital-textbooks-for-expanding-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)
12:02
February 21, 2022
80 - Is taking a Chinese course that's too hard good for your learning?
80 - Is taking a Chinese course that's too hard good for your learning?
Chinese has a reputation for being hard to learn and it can be even harder if you take a course that is above your level. But why would you do that? What are the potential pros and cons of deliberately seeking out a learning environment where just keeping your head above water will be hard? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-taking-a-chinese-course-thats-too-hard-good-for-your-learning/ #learnchinese #difficulty #immersion #comprehensible 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)
14:01
February 14, 2022
79 - How to improve your Chinese handwriting
79 - How to improve your Chinese handwriting
Learning to write Chinese characters takes a lot of time and might not be strictly necessary, but if you want to improve your handwriting, how should you go about it? Link to article: How to improve your Chinese handwriting https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-improve-your-chinese-handwriting/ Tags: #learnchinese #handwriting #characters #writing Chinese writing challenge, February 2022: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-writing-challenge/ 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/ The real challenge with learning Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-real-challenge-when-learning-characters/ Chinese characters that share the same components but are still different: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-characters-components-different-meanings/ What you intend to write is more important than the character you actually write: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-focusing-on-intent-can-help-you-learn-chinese-characters/ Chinese character variants and fonts for language learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-character-variants-and-fonts-for-language-learners/ Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning (2021 edition): 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)
20:54
February 08, 2022
78b - 文字冒险游戏及其在对外汉语教学中的应用
78b - 文字冒险游戏及其在对外汉语教学中的应用
Text adventure games are awesome for learning Chinese, but how do they work and how can you get the most out of them? Link to article in Chinese: 文字冒险游戏及其在对外汉语教学中的应用 https://www.hackingchinese.com/wenzi-maoxian-youxi/ Link to article in English (including separate podcast episode 78a): Text adventure games and how to use them in the Chinese language classroom https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-play-adventure-text-games-with-a-chinese-teacher/ Tags: #learnchinese #textgame #wordswing #interactive Hacking Chinese courses: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/ WordSwing: https://wordswing.com/ Escape! (completely free): https://wordswing.com/text-game/escape/ My article about Escape! https://www.hackingchinese.com/escape-text-adventure-game-chinese-learners/ My article about Into the Haze (a longer, a bit more difficult game): https://www.hackingchinese.com/haze-new-text-adventure-game-chinese-learners/ My article about some of the other games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/five-text-games-for-chinese-learners/ Diane Neubauer's article (includes a video): https://tprsforchinese.blogspot.com/2016/09/escape-text-adventure-game-with-ap.html Student maps of WordSwing games (contains spoilers): https://blog.wordswing.com/posts/the-pedagogical-value-of-mapping-your-adventure/ How and why to teach Chinese through games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-and-why-to-teach-chinese-through-games/ 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)
18:51
January 31, 2022
78a - Text adventure games and how to use them in the Chinese language classroom
78a - Text adventure games and how to use them in the Chinese language classroom
Text adventure games are awesome for learning Chinese, but how do they work and how can you get the most out of them? Link to article in English: Text adventure games and how to use them in the Chinese language classroom https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-play-adventure-text-games-with-a-chinese-teacher/ Link to article in Chinese (including separate podcast episode 78b): 文字冒险游戏及其在对外汉语教学中的应用 https://www.hackingchinese.com/wenzi-maoxian-youxi/ Tags: #learnchinese #textgame #wordswing #interactive Hacking Chinese courses: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/ WordSwing: https://wordswing.com/ Escape! (completely free): https://wordswing.com/text-game/escape/ My article about Escape! https://www.hackingchinese.com/escape-text-adventure-game-chinese-learners/ My article about Into the Haze (a longer, a bit more difficult game): https://www.hackingchinese.com/haze-new-text-adventure-game-chinese-learners/ My article about some of the other games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/five-text-games-for-chinese-learners/ Diane Neubauer's article (includes a video): https://tprsforchinese.blogspot.com/2016/09/escape-text-adventure-game-with-ap.html Student maps of WordSwing games (contains spoilers): https://blog.wordswing.com/posts/the-pedagogical-value-of-mapping-your-adventure/ How and why to teach Chinese through games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-and-why-to-teach-chinese-through-games/ 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)
16:56
January 31, 2022
77 - Best of Hacking Chinese 2021
77 - Best of Hacking Chinese 2021
2021 was an eventful year on Hacking Chinese, but which were the best articles and podcast episodes? Let’s summarise the year that was and highlight things you really shouldn’t miss! Link to article: Best of Hacking Chinese 2021: https://www.hackingchinese.com/best-of-hacking-chinese-2021/ Tags: #learnchinese #bestof #summary #wrapup 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)
13:38
January 26, 2022
76 - A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation
76 - A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation
When learning to pronounce Mandarin, you need to learn both the sounds and how they are written, usually with Pinyin. Did you know that many student errors actually come from a poor understanding of Pinyin, rather than the sounds themselves being difficult? Welcome to my guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls. Link to article: A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: Learning Mandarin pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-guide-to-pinyin-traps-and-pitfalls/ Tags: #learnchinese #pronunciation #pinyin #errors Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: 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)
21:05
January 17, 2022
75 - Two reasons why pronunciation matters more than you think
75 - Two reasons why pronunciation matters more than you think
Pronunciation is usually limited to the first few weeks of a Chinese course, which is a pity, because clear pronunciation is important, whether or not you’ve studied for a week or a decade. Link to article: Two reasons why pronunciation matters more than you think: https://www.hackingchinese.com/two-reasons-why-pronunciation-matters-more-than-you-think/ Tags: #learnchinese #pronunciation #tones #communication #benefits Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: 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)
14:28
January 11, 2022
74 - My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters
74 - My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters
Learning to read and write Chinese is a complex task with many layers, and there’s a risk of not seeing the forest for the trees, so let’s zoom out a bit and look at the bigger picture! Link to article: My best advice on how to learn Chinese characters https://www.hackingchinese.com/my-best-advice-on-how-to-learn-chinese-characters/ Tags: #learnchinese #characters #components #words #vocabulary Review: The Outlier Linguistics Dictionary of Chinese Characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/review-the-outlier-linguistics-dictionary-of-chinese-characters-with-discount-code/ Chinese character variants and fonts for language learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-character-variants-and-fonts-for-language-learners/ More about learning and teaching games through games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-and-why-to-teach-chinese-through-games/ Spaced repetition software and why you should use it: https://www.hackingchinese.com/an-introduction-to-spaced-repetition-software/ 7 mistakes I made when writing Chinese characters and what I learnt from them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/7-mistakes-i-made-when-writing-chinese-characters-and-what-i-learnt-from-them/ 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)
27:55
January 03, 2022
73 - How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games
73 - How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games
What if I told you that there is a game that helps you speak Chinese more fluently, is great for improving communicative ability and works well regardless of your current level? What if I said that the game is also fun and free to play? Link to article: How to improve fluency in Chinese by playing word games https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-word-games-to-practise-fluency/ Tags: #learnchinese #games #fluency #alias #taboo More about learning and teaching games through games: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-and-why-to-teach-chinese-through-games/ Playing Codenames to learn Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/playing-codenames-learn-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)
14:20
December 29, 2021
72 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 6: Learning and remembering compound words
72 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 6: Learning and remembering compound words
How many characters do you need to know to be able to read Chinese? The truth is that characters only provide a foundation, so regardless of how many you know, you won't be able to read much unless you also know many words. Link to article: The building blocks of Chinese, part 6: Learning and remembering compound words https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-words-really-fast/ Tags: #learnchinese #words #compounds #morphology 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)
33:09
December 21, 2021
71 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words
71 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words
How many characters do you need to know to be able to read Chinese? The truth is that characters only provide a foundation, so regardless of how many you know, you won't be able to read much unless you also know many words. Link to article: The building blocks of Chinese, part 5: Making sense of Chinese words https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-5-making-sense-of-chinese-words Tags: #learnchinese #words #characters #morphology 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)
26:21
December 15, 2021
70 - Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters
70 - Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters
While spaced repetition software can be very useful, it also has some serious drawbacks. Fortunately, most of them don't apply to learning to write Chinese characters! Link to article: Why spaced repetition software is uniquely well suited to learning Chinese characters https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-spaced-repetition-software-is-uniquely-well-suited-to-learning-chinese-characters Tags: #learnchinese #characters #srs #spacedrepetition 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)
18:31
December 07, 2021
69 - Should you learn the names of the strokes in Chinese characters?
69 - Should you learn the names of the strokes in Chinese characters?
The best way to learn to read in Chinese is to read texts you can understand without constantly using a dictionary. As a beginner, such texts aren't easy to find, but let's have a look at the best reading resources I know for beginners. Link to article: Should you learn the names of the strokes in Chinese characters? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-learn-the-names-of-the-strokes-in-chinese-characters/ Tags: #learnchinese #characters #strokes 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)
09:39
November 29, 2021
68 - The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners
68 - The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners
The best way to learn to read in Chinese is to read texts you can understand without constantly using a dictionary. As a beginner, such texts aren't easy to find, but let's have a look at the best reading resources I know for beginners. Link to article: The 7 best Chinese reading resources for beginners https://www.hackingchinese.com/beginner-chinese-reading/ Tags: #learnchinese #reading #beginner #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)
17:21
November 22, 2021
67 - 6 challenges students face when learning to read Chinese and how to overcome them
67 - 6 challenges students face when learning to read Chinese and how to overcome them
When learning to read Chinese you will encounter several challenges, some of them unique to Chinese. What are these challenges, what do they mean for you as a student and how can you overcome them? Link to article: 6 challenges students face when learning to read Chinese and how to overcome them: https://www.hackingchinese.com/6-challenges-students-face-when-learning-to-read-chinese-and-how-to-overcome-them Tags: #learnchinese #reading #beginner #challenges 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)
18:43
November 15, 2021
66 - Should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own?
66 - Should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own?
Some people think enrolling in a course is the best way to learn Chinese, but others say that courses are useless, and swear by the effectiveness of self-studying. So should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own? Link to article: Should you enrol in a Chinese course or are you better off learning on your own? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-enrol-in-a-chinese-course-or-are-you-better-off-learning-on-your-own Tags: #learnchinese #courses #self-study 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
November 08, 2021
65 - Learning to read handwritten Chinese
65 - Learning to read handwritten Chinese
Everybody struggles with writing Chinese characters by hand, even if handwriting can often be avoided in a modern, digital society. But what about reading other people's handwriting?  Link to article: Learning to read handwritten Chinese https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-read-handwritten-chinese/ Tags: #learnchinese #handwriting #reading #fonts 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)
14:11
November 01, 2021
64 - Why your Chinese isn't as good as you think it ought to be
64 - Why your Chinese isn't as good as you think it ought to be
Sooner or later, most students realise that their Chinese isn't as good as they think it ought to be. Why is that and what can you do about it? Link to article: Why your Chinese isn't as good as you think it ought to be: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-your-chinese-isnt-as-good-as-you-think-it-ought-to-be Tags: #learnchinese #progress #failure #success Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-2-a-healthy-balanced-diet-of-mandarin What your Chinese course will not teach you: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-course-will-not-teach/ 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)
16:02
October 25, 2021
63 - The building blocks of Chinese, part 4: Learning and remembering compound characters
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
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
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 06, 2021
60 - Using voice messaging as a stepping stone to Chinese conversations
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?
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
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
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 06, 2021
56 - Getting the most out of your learning with Hacking Chinese
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
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
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
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 09, 2021
52 - Hacking Chinese Podcast one-year anniversary Q&A
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: https://www.hackingchinese.com/hacking-chinese-podcast-one-year-anniversary-qa/ Tags: #learnchinese #podcast #faq #questions 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 02, 2021
51 - Chinese language logging, part 3: Tools and resources for keeping track of your learning
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?
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
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
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 05, 2021
47 - The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know
47 - The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know
On July 1st, 2021, a new Chinese proficiency standard took 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 https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-new-hsk-3-0-what-you-need-to-know Tags: #learnchinese #hsk #2021 #test 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)
18:56
June 28, 2021
46 - Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin
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 to article: Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-to-understand-regionally-accented-mandarin/ Tags: #learnchinese #accent #dialect #regional #mandarin 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)
14:25
June 21, 2021
45 - The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say
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 to article: The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-importance-of-tones-is-inversely-proportional-to-the-predictability-of-what-you-say/ Tags: #learnchinese #tones #communication #tontext 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)
14:39
June 14, 2021
44 - Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle
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: https://www.hackingchinese.com/lost-in-transcription-saylaw-ice-island-and-aristotle/ Tags: #learnchinese #transcription #names 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)
18:39
June 07, 2021
43 - How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL?
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? https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-important-is-reading-speed-on-tests-like-hsk-and-tocfl/ Tags: #learnchinese #readingspeed #tocfl #hsk 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)
09:11
June 01, 2021
42 - Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin
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: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-2-a-healthy-balanced-diet-of-mandarin #learnchinese #progress #logging #balance #fourstrands 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)
24:17
May 24, 2021
41 - Chinese language logging, part 1: Why and how to track your progress
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: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-language-logging-part-1-why-and-how-to-track-your-progress #learnchinese #logging #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)
21:01
May 19, 2021
40 - It's time to level up your Chinese pronunciation
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 to announcement: It's time to level up your Chinese pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-hacking-chinese-pronunciation-course-is-finally-here/ Link to course front page: Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/ 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
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 03, 2021
38 - What's the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter?
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
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
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?
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 08, 2021
34 - Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn?
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
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
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
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) The major types of challenges: Chinese listening challenges: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-listening-challenge/ Chinese reading challenges: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-reading-challenge/ Chinese speaking challenges: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-speaking-challenge/ Chinese writing challenges: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-writing-challenge/ Chinese vocabulary challenges: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-vocabulary-challenge/ 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 08, 2021
30 - Learning science in Chinese with 李永乐老师
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 01, 2021
29 - 5 levels of understanding Chinese characters: Superficial forms to deep structure
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
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
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
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 02, 2021
25 - Welcome to the Hacking Chinese Pronunciation Course
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
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
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?
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 06, 2021
21 - How to not fail with your New Year resolution to learn Chinese
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
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
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
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 08, 2020
17 - How good is your Chinese?
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 01, 2020
16 - An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners
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
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
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
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 03, 2020
12 - When spaced repetition fails, and what to do about it
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
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
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?
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 06, 2020
08 - How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing
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
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
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
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 08, 2020
04 - Why not going to China now could actually be good for your Chinese
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 01, 2020
03 - How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach
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?
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?
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