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People often ask me about cultural differences between East Asia and West and if it's true that people in different cultures really are all that different. I usually answer something along the lines of that the differences between individuals are bigger than those between cultures. After reading the book recommended in this article, though, I can say a lot more. Reading Richard Nisbett's "The Geography of Thought" has helped me connect the dots and make sense of some of the differences between East Asia and the West. It's an enjoyable as well as thought-provoking read.
People often ask me about cultural differences between East Asia and West and if it's true that people in different cultures really are all that different. I usually answer something along the line...
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Any teacher, student or researcher will agree that vocabulary is very important, but few of them will go as far as I will in this direction. I don't simply believe that vocabulary is king, I believe it's god emperor as well. Learning many words enables you to communicate and it also makes you learn other areas of the language faster.
Any teacher, student or researcher will agree that vocabulary is very important, but few of them will go as far as I will in this direction. I don't simply believe that vocabulary is king, I believ...
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For most people, the majority of studying time is spent on things that require large chunks of time, such as going to class, reading books or talking with friends. These are usually not activities you perform for five minutes and then switch to something else. However, it's quite possible to spend a significant amount of time on studying without actually letting it encroach on any other things you're currently doing.
For most people, the majority of studying time is spent on things that require large chunks of time, such as going to class, reading books or talking with friends. These are usually not activities ...
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Studying Chinese, it's sometimes hard to assess the quality one's own pronunciation. People in your surrounding might understand what you are saying, but how do you verify how clear your pronunciation is? In an ideal world, it would be easy, you could just ask a qualified teacher and given enough time it would be possible to figure out most of the pronunciation-related problems. However, you seldom have that option, so here I present a method to test your own pronunciation which is difficult to fool and has proven extremely useful in practice.
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Recent changes to Skritter's newsletter mailing list
Each month, we send out a newsletter with information about things you probably don't want to miss. Normally, the newsletter includes summaries of important blog posts and language challenges from our social media channels. There's also a ranking of top use...
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My goal for 2013 was to read 25 books in Chinese. This article is about the 25 books I read and is meant to serve as encouragement and inspiration. You might also find a book or two you want to read yourself! At the end of the article, I discuss my reading habits in general as well.
My goal for 2013 was to read 25 books in Chinese. This article is about the 25 books I read and is meant to serve as encouragement and inspiration. You might also find a book or two you want to rea...
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It's a fact that most foreign adults don't acquire native like pronunciation in Chinese, but what's the reason? In most debates at this point, someone will throw in the word "fossilisation", as if that actually explained anything. This article is about why the concept of fossilisation is bunk and how we should think about adult pronunciation instead.
It's a fact that most foreign adults don't acquire native like pronunciation in Chinese, but what's the reason? In most debates at this point, someone will throw in the word "fossilisation", as if ...
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Some people seem to believe that living in a country is enough to learn the language spoken there. This is wrong, and it's especially wrong if the language is Chinese. Becoming fluent in Chinese is the result of blood, sweat and tears, nothing less. Living abroad certainly helps, but it's an opportunity most often wasted by students.
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I won't join the group of language bloggers who claim that classroom learning is meaningless, but I do believe there are good reasons to create links to the real world. Not only is this a motivational booster, it's also an excellent way of identifying problems you might have with your Chinese.
I won't join the group of language bloggers who claim that classroom learning is meaningless, but I do believe there are good reasons to create links to the real world. Not only is this a motivatio...
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You are the only one responsible for your own learning and if you let other people take responsibility for you, the results might be disastrous. This might sound obvious, but I think the problem is widely overlooked, especially by people who take language courses.
You are the only one responsible for your own learning and if you let other people take responsibility for you, the results might be disastrous. This might sound obvious, but I think the problem is...
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People spend lots of time every day using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Communicating with native speakers in a relaxed way is a very good way of learning a language, especially if it doesn't feel like studying. Apart from the global social media, China also has its own variants that can be very useful for language learners.
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A language exchange is simply a relationship between two people who want to learn each other's language. It is useful because it allows you to focus fully on language without having to worry that your ordinary friends think it's taxing to be with you because you always ask so many questions.
A language exchange is simply a relationship between two people who want to learn each other's language. It is useful because it allows you to focus fully on language without having to worry that y...
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I'm a language learner, teacher and educator from Sweden. I'm the founder of Hacking Chinese, a popular website that offers hundreds of articles about how to learn Chinese successfully as an adult. Over at Hacking Chinese Resources, I curate a collection of indispensable resources for learning Chinese, all carefully sorted and organised for maximum ease of access.

Apart from Chinese, I also take an interest in broad variety of other things, including writing (articles, fiction, games), sports (gymnastics, unicycling, diving) and games (role-playing, board games, Rubik’s cube). If you want to know more about me, feel free to visit my personal website.
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