56 - Getting the most out of your learning with Hacking Chinese

56 - Getting the most out of your learning wi...

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 imp ...  Show more

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 t ...  Show more

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 ...  Show more

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, comp ...  Show more

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 wo ...  Show more

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: ...  Show more

52 - Hacking Chinese Podcast one-year anniversary Q&A

How do you study Chinese when you're busy with other things? How do you cope with a Chinese course that is too hard for you? And are translated texts okay to use for reading practice?  Hacking Chinese Podcast one-year anniversary Q&A  Tags: #learnchinese #timemanagement #courses ...  Show more

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. ...  Show more

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 c ...  Show more

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 ...  Show more

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 ...  Show more

47 - The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know

On July 1st, 2021, a new Chinese proficiency standard takes effect. This will have big consequences for the HSK, the most widely used proficiency test for non-native speakers. What are these changes and what do they mean for you as a student? Link: The new HSK 3.0: What you need ...  Show more

46 - Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin

As soon as you leave the classroom, you will notice that people don't speak Chinese the way your teacher and textbook do. Why is that, and what can you do to learn to understand regionally accented Mandarin? Link: Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin More informati ...  Show more

45 - The importance of tones is inversely proportional to the predictability of what you say

Tones in Mandarin carry roughly as much information as vowels do, but still some people insist that tones are not very important, or even that native speakers don't really use tones. Why is that and what can we learn from digging deeper into this misconception? Link: The importan ...  Show more

44 - Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle

Do you know the world's best footballer, Saylaw? What about Yàlǐshìduōdé? You probably do know them , even though you might not realise it. Link: Lost in transcription: Saylaw, Ice Island and Aristotle More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be fo ...  Show more

43 - How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL?

Many students who take Chinese proficiency exams say that they understand the text, but can't read fast enough. Is that a valid complaint? And how fast do you have to read to pass the hSK or TOCFL? Link: How important is reading speed on tests like HSK and TOCFL? More information ...  Show more

42 - Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin

How do you balance your learning to make sure you get a healthy diet of Mandarin? Logging how much you listen, speak, read and write is easy, but are there better ways of doing it? Link: Chinese language logging, part 2: A healthy, balanced diet of Mandarin More information and i ...  Show more

41 - Chinese language logging, part 1: Why and how to track your progress

How much time are you investing into learning Chinese? Most people don't actually know the answer to this question! Why is it a good idea to log your Chinese learning and how should you go about it? Link: Chinese language logging, part 1: Why and how to track your progress More i ...  Show more

40 - It's time to level up your Chinese pronunciation

Clear pronunciation makes communicating in Chinese much easier; the time to level up your pronunciation is now Link: It's time to level up your Chinese pronunciation  More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at Hacking Chinese (www.ha ...  Show more