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Hacking Chinese Podcast

46 EpisodesProduced by Olle LingeWebsite

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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46 - Learning to understand regionally accented Mandarin

June 21st, 2021

14:25

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?

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

June 14th, 2021

14:38

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 …

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

June 7th, 2021

18:39

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

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

June 1st, 2021

9:10

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?

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

May 24th, 2021

24:16

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?

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

May 19th, 2021

21:01

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 …

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

May 12th, 2021

14:27

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 

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39 - How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know

May 3rd, 2021

11:15

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

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38 - What's the difference between Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin? Does it matter?

April 27th, 2021

16:43

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.

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37 - Learning the second tone in Mandarin Chinese

April 20th, 2021

12:41

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?

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36 - Chinese input methods: A guide for second language learners

April 14th, 2021

20:19

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 …

35 - Why is listening in Chinese so hard?

April 8th, 2021

11:04

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 …

34 - Does using colour to represent Mandarin tones make them easier to learn?

March 30th, 2021

11:08

Many websites, apps and other resources for learning Chinese use colours to highlight tones, but does using colours really make tones  easier to …

33 - The best free Chinese reading resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners

March 22nd, 2021

13:05

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 …

32 - 6 things in Chinese that are harder to learn than they seem

March 18th, 2021

18:39

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 …

31 - Hacking Chinese Challenges - Building language skills through daily practice and friendly competition

March 8th, 2021

8:58

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 …

30 - Learning science in Chinese with 李永乐老师

March 1st, 2021

15:57

Have you ever wanted to listen in on great Chinese teachers when they talk about science, technology and related topics? Now, you can! 

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29 - 5 levels of understanding Chinese characters: Superficial forms to deep structure

February 24th, 2021

14:31

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 …

28 - 20 tips and tricks to improve your Chinese writing ability

February 16th, 2021

24:26

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

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27 - 7 things you were taught in Chinese class that are actually wrong

February 11th, 2021

15:38

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 …

26 - Learning the third tone in Mandarin Chinese

February 2nd, 2021

11:02

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

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25 - Welcome to the Hacking Chinese Pronunciation Course

January 31st, 2021

19:59

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 …

24 - The most serious mistake students make when learning Mandarin pronunciation

January 19th, 2021

19:48

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

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23 - Best of Hacking Chinese 2020

January 13th, 2021

21:09

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 …

22 - Can too much guidance make you learn less Chinese?

January 6th, 2021

16:39

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?

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21 - How to not fail with your New Year resolution to learn Chinese

December 31st, 2020

15:18

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 …

20 - 7 things Chinese students should during the winter vacation

December 22nd, 2020

13:10

Around this time of year most institutions take a break from teaching Chinese, but that doesn't mean that you should stop learning.

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19 - Nine answers to questions about Pinyin and Chinese pronunciation

December 16th, 2020

28:39

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

18 - The forking path: A human approach to learning Chinese

December 8th, 2020

9:44

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

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17 - How good is your Chinese?

December 1st, 2020

11:55

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 …

16 - An introduction to extensive reading for Chinese learners

November 23rd, 2020

16:21

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 …

15 - Celebrating ten years of Hacking Chinese

November 17th, 2020

16:43

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

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14 - Why you should listen to the Hacking Chinese podcast

November 11th, 2020

8:50

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 …

13 - Dealing with Chinese characters you keep mixing up

November 3rd, 2020

9:29

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.

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12 - When spaced repetition fails, and what to do about it

October 28th, 2020

15:15

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 …

11 - Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea

October 20th, 2020

10:42

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 …

10 - Chinese is fascinating and exciting, not weird and stupid

October 13th, 2020

9:50

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?

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09 - Are mnemonics too slow for Chinese learners?

October 6th, 2020

12:40

Mnemonics are clever memory devices designed to make it easier to remember things, but considering that they take time both to create and retrieve, …

08 - How to get honest feedback to boost your Chinese speaking and writing

September 29th, 2020

11:34

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.

07 - Diversify how you study Chinese to learn more

September 22nd, 2020

11:20

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 …

06 - Learning Chinese words: When quantity beats quality

September 15th, 2020

11:52

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 …

05 - The key to unlocking your first semester of Chinese

September 8th, 2020

9:19

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 …

04 - Why not going to China now could actually be good for your Chinese

September 1st, 2020

10:27

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 …

03 - How to not teach Chinese characters to beginners: A 12-step approach

August 25th, 2020

10:35

I started learning Chinese well over a decade ago, and I have encountered many great teachers. But I have also seen truly terrible teaching, …

02 - What important words are missing from HSK?

August 18th, 2020

15:33

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 …

01 - Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters?

August 11th, 2020

13:35

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 …

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