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Goals and motivation, part 1: Introduction

I think everybody knows that motivation is something you need to succeed at any task. I'm naturally going to assume that you are motivated to learn Chinese (otherwise, why are you reading this?), but that's not going to be enough. Do you know why you want to learn Chinese? Are you the ambitious entrepreneur? The curious student? The involuntary learner? The Chinese culture aficionado? The linguistics nerd?
I think everybody knows that motivation is something you need to succeed at any task. I'm naturally going to assume that you are motivated to learn Chinese (otherwise, why are you reading this?), but that's not going to be enough. Do you know why you want to learn Chinese? Are you the ambitious entrepreneur? The curious student? The involuntary learner? The Chinese culture afficionado? The linguistics nerd?
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Chat your way to better Chinese

Chatting is an excellent way of learning a language. Some people think chatting online is a waste of time, but in this article I list and explain a dozen reasons why this is wrong. In fact, chatting offer many advantages that are very hard to find elsewhere.
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Enjoying the journey while focusing on the destination

Everybody has different reasons for studying Chinese, but whatever the final goal is, it is important to make the journey  interesting as well. Enjoying studying isn't simply a cliché, it's quite necessary if you want to invest the time needed to master a language. This article discusses the journey, the destination and the relationship between them. To put it briefly: don't forget to look at the view.
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How I learnt Chinese, part 4: My second year in Taiwan

This post covers my third year of learning Chinese, which was spent at NTNU in Taipei and at Wenzao in Gaoxiong. I round off with important lessons I learnt about learning Mandarin during this time.
This post covers my third year of learning Chinese, which was spent at NTNU in Taipei and at Wenzao in Gaoxiong. I round off with important lessons I learnt about learning Mandarin during this time.
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Time boxing Chinese

Time boxing is a very powerful way of getting things done, not only useful for language learning purposes, but also for almost anything you feel that you should be doing but keep on postponing. It is particularly useful to do open-ended tasks such as reviewing lots of vocabulary. in this article I describe what time boxing is and how you can use it to learn Chinese.
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Learning Chinese by playing Mahjong 麻將 (májiàng)

Playing games is a wonderful way of learning Chinese and 麻將 (májiàng) is one of the simplest games around. Apart from the numbers 1-9, you only need a handful of extra words to play. The game is extremely popular and as such, it can open up many doors, both cultural and social.
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How to improve your Chinese writing ability through focused reading

Everybody knows that if we want to improve our writing ability, we need to read more. But what should we read and how? With enough exposure, we can probably learn anything, but it's much more efficient if we read with focus. If that focus coincides with the current weaknesses in our writing ability, supplemented with some targeted practice, we can improve our writing more quickly!
Everybody knows that if we want to improve our writing ability, we need to read more. But what should we read and how? With enough exposure, we can probably learn anything, but it's much more efficient if we read with focus. If that focus coincides with the current weaknesses in our writing ability, supplemented with some targeted practice, we can improve our writing more quickly!
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The 5 best Chinese reading resources for beginners

Finding suitable reading material can be difficult as a beginner. This post presents five excellent reading resources for beginner students of Chinese.
Finding suitable reading material can be difficult as a beginner. This post presents five excellent reading resources for beginner students of Chinese.
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Using textbooks to improve your Chinese reading ability

Textbooks are underrated as a source of reading material for beginners and intermediate students. By using more than one textbook series, you reap the benefits of using textbooks, while avoiding the main drawback, the lack of diversity. This article discusses how and why textbooks are important for most learners of Chinese.
Textbooks are underrated as a source of reading material for beginners and intermediate students. By using more than one textbook series, you reap the benefits of using textbooks, while avoiding the main drawback, the lack of diversity. This article discusses how and why textbooks are important for most learners of Chinese.
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Phonetic components, part 2: Hacking Chinese characters

This is the second and final article about using phonetic components to hack Chinese characters and make it considerably easier to handle similarly looking characters. This article describes both the principles and gives plenty of examples that might resolve some of your current problems for you.
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The 9 best Twitter feeds for learning Chinese

Who should you follow on Twitter if you want to learn Chinese? There's an increasing number of people who tweet excellent language content within the 140 character limit, often with pictures. This article contains a list of the 9 best ones, including a short intro and examples of what they tweet.
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Why you should start blogging in Chinese today

Blogging in Chinese is a great way of improving your writing ability. It gives you structure and accountability, and people can help you by giving feedback.
Blogging in Chinese is a great way of improving your writing ability. It gives you structure and accountability, and people can help you by giving feedback.
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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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