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There are many ways of practising writing Chinese characters and they all have their pros and cons. In this article, I discuss seven different ways of practising and what advantages and disadvantages they have for you as a learner.
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After having talked about how and why to use television to learn Chinese, it's time to look at actual genres and programmes and see how these can help a language learner improve his or her skills. In this first article, the focus is on sports (including e-sports), drama, super idol drama, talk shows, news, documentaries and travel shows.
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Why speaking to strangers is so difficult
Image credit: Bob Smith Human language is varied. It varies across time and space, but also between individuals. This is true within languages like Chinese and Japanese as well. I think all of us have had the experience where we understand what our teacher ...
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How should we learn Chinese grammar? There are many, many different ways of approaching grammar, both from a theoretical point of view and from a practical, student perspective. Because this is such an interesting topic and there are so many different approaches, I decided to ask the expert panel and see what other language learners and teachers out there had to say about learning Chinese grammar. They have all answered the question in their own way, so rather than viewing this as a competition between different views on how to learn grammar, regard it as a tour through different available options.
How should we learn Chinese grammar? There are many, many different ways of approaching grammar, both from a theoretical point of view and from a practical, student perspective. Because this is suc...
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When learning to pronounce tones in Chinese, it makes sense to focus on words rather than single syllables. Most words in Chinese are disyllabic and since practising these will also include to tone changes (sandhi), focusing on tone pairs is a very good idea. This article gives you all HSK and TOCFL words, sorted by tone! This is great both for students who need words to practise difficult combinations, but it's also useful for teachers who need more words to practise these combinations.
When learning to pronounce tones in Chinese, it makes sense to focus on words rather than single syllables. Most words in Chinese are disyllabic and since practising these will also include to tone...
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Please vote for Hacking Chinese in bab.la​'s language lovers competition! I placed 10th last year and it shouldn't be impossible to beat that? :) Share if you have friends who might want to support me!

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Learning to understand spoken Chinese is mostly a matter of practice and I've found that having fixed and regular routines helps a lot. This article introduces the grand listening cycle, which contains almost everything you want when it comes to listening ability. It's a method I've used extensively to improve my own listening comprehension and it has helped me immensely.
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Teachers give feedback in many different ways, some terribly bad, others very good. The bad ones let you struggle for hours just to correct your essay, not necessarily learning much on the way. The good ones not only allow you to correct your essay, you also feel that you're learning a lot and won't make the same mistakes again. This article sets down some guidelines for how to give good feedback, useful for both students and teachers.
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The most important question you should ask yourself about your current teacher or course is what you won't learn. Since this isn't something most teachers and schools like to talk about, it's typically something you need to figure out on your own. This article discusses this question from various angles, highlighting the importance of being aware of what you need to study on your own.
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Good pronunciation matters, whether you like it or not. In general, students (and teachers) tend to stop caring about pronunciation much earlier than they should. You don't need to aim for native-like pronunciation, but clear and easily-understood Chinese should be the goal of all students. In this article I present two arguments: one about the fact that pronunciation and communication are closely linked, one about how pronunciation reflects both you as a person and your other skills.
Good pronunciation matters, whether you like it or not. In general, students (and teachers) tend to stop caring about pronunciation much earlier than they should. You don't need to aim for native-l...
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Staying on track with Beeminder
There are many ways to motivate yourself to study more. Some of these are based on cultivating an interest for language or culture, other are instrumental, meaning that you learn because you need to be able to use the language for some reason. These are all...
There are many ways to motivate yourself to study more. Some of these are based on cultivating an interest for language or culture, other are instrumental, meaning that you learn because you need to be able to use the language for some reason. These are all great, but sometimes they aren't ...
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Forming language learning habits is a key ingredient in any successful recipe for mastering Chinese. This makes sure that we learn regularly and that it becomes a natural part of our lives, rather than something we do artificially only occasionally and perhaps a little bit reluctantly. This article deals with the basics of how to form habits and how they can be used to boost your language learning.
Forming language learning habits is a key ingredient in any successful recipe for mastering Chinese. This makes sure that we learn regularly and that it becomes a natural part of our lives, rather ...
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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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