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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!

Hacking Chinese Podcast Olle Linge

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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!

    202 - Habit hacking for language learners

    202 - Habit hacking for language learners

    Habits are routines that become smooth and effortless with repetition. By developing the right habits for learning Chinese, you can learn more with less effort!

    #learnchinese #habit #routine #studymanagement

    Link to article: Habit hacking for language learners: https://www.hackingchinese.com/habit-hacking-for-language-learners/

    The best podcasts for learning Chinese in 2024: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-best-podcasts-for-learning-chinese/

    The cheapest and most convenient way to improve your spoken Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-cheapest-and-most-convenient-way-to-improve-your-spoken-chinese/

    Diversified learning is smart learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/diversified-learning-is-smart-learning/

    Your slumps affect your language learning more than your flows: https://www.hackingchinese.com/your-slumps-affect-your-language-learning-more-than-your-flows/

    Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation's four strands: https://www.hackingchinese.com/analyse-and-balance-your-chinese-learning-with-paul-nations-four-strands/

    Skritter Review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/

    Make sure listening isn't a practical problem: https://www.hackingchinese.com/make-sure-that-listening-is-not-a-practical-problem/

    How to learn Chinese in the long term with intrinsic motivation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-chinese-in-the-long-term-with-intrinsic-motivation/

    Chinese vocabulary challenge, June 2024: http://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-vocabulary-challenge

    More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)

    • 17 min
    201 - Should you learn the pronunciation of radicals?

    201 - Should you learn the pronunciation of radicals?

    Learning the building blocks of Chinese characters is a great idea, but what should learn about each character component? And more specifically, should you learn the pronunciation of radicals?

    #learnchinese #radicals #pronunciation #components

    Link to article: Should you learn the pronunciation of radicals? https://www.hackingchinese.com/learn-pronunciation-of-radicals/

    The building blocks of Chinese, part 1: Chinese characters and words in a nutshell: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-1-chinese-characters-and-words-in-a-nutshell/

    The building blocks of Chinese: Mastering compound characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-chinese-characters/

    Shapeshifting Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/shapeshifting-chinese-characters/

    How to look up Chinese characters you don't know: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-look-up-chinese-characters-you-dont-know/

    The 100 most common Chinese radicals will kickstart your learning! https://www.hackingchinese.com/kickstart-your-character-learning-with-the-100-most-common-radicals/

    Why you should think of characters in terms of functional components: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-you-should-think-of-characters-in-terms-of-functional-components/

    Chinese characters with the same components in different places: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-characters-components-different-meanings/

    Phonetic components, part 1: The key to 80% of all Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/phonetic-components-part-1-the-key-to-80-of-all-chinese-characters/

    How to talk about Chinese characters in Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/talk-chinese-characters-chinese

    More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)

    • 17 min
    200 - Student Q&A, June 2024: How much time on flashcards, Remembering the Hanzi, and resources for learning characters

    200 - Student Q&A, June 2024: How much time on flashcards, Remembering the Hanzi, and resources for learning characters

    How much time should you spend on flashcards? Is Remembering the Hanzi good for learning Chinese characters? And what resources should you use if you want to understand the writing system better?

    #learnchinese #vocabualry #characters #hanzi #flashcards #heisig

    Student Q&A, June 2024: How much time on flashcards, Remembering the Hanzi, and resources for learning characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/student-qa-june-2024-how-much-time-on-flashcards-remembering-the-hanzi-and-resources-for-learning-characters/

    Links to things mentioned in the introduction

    Chinese vocabulary challenge, June 2024: ⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-vocabulary-challenge/⁠

    Use this link to get free Skritter for the duration of the challenge (new accounts only); the discount code HCVOCABCHALLENGE will be automatically applied: https://skritter.com/?ref=hackingchinese&activation=HCVOCABCHALLENGE

    Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: ⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/⁠

    Links for question #1: Time on flashcards

    Analyse and balance your Chinese learning with Paul Nation’s four strands: https://www.hackingchinese.com/analyse-and-balance-your-chinese-learning-with-paul-nations-four-strands/

    How to become fluent in Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-become-fluent-in-chinese/

    Why flashcards are great for learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-flashcards-are-great-for-learning-chinese/

    Why flashcards are terrible for learning Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-flashcards-are-bad-for-learning-chinese/

    Links for question #2: Remembering the Hanzi

    Phonetic components, part 1: The key to 80% of all Chinese characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/phonetic-components-part-1-the-key-to-80-of-all-chinese-characters/

    5 levels of understanding Chinese characters: Superficial forms to deep structure: https://www.hackingchinese.com/5-levels-of-understanding-chinese-characters-superficial-forms-to-deep-structure/

    Learn Chinese character meaning and pronunciation together: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-characters-and-their-readings/

    Links for question #3: Writing system resources

    The building blocks of Chinese, part 1: Chinese characters and words in a nutshell: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-building-blocks-of-chinese-part-1-chinese-characters-and-words-in-a-nutshell/

    Kickstart your learning with the Skritter Character Course: https://www.hackingchinese.com/kickstart-your-learning-with-the-skritter-character-course/

    Outlier Chinese Character Masterclass review: Understand more, learn faster, remember longer: https://www.hackingchinese.com/outlier-chinese-character-masterclass-review-understand-more-learn-faster-remember-longer/

    Review: The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters: https://www.hackingchinese.com/review-the-outlier-linguistics-dictionary-of-chinese-characters-with-discount-code/

    More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)

    • 20 min
    199 - Chinese character learning for all students

    199 - Chinese character learning for all students

    Learning to write Chinese characters by hand takes a lot of time, but in today's digital society, is handwriting even necessary? Let's explore the role of handwriting when learning Chinese as a second language and discuss what a curriculum that caters to all students might look like!

    #learnchinese #hanzi #handwriting #typing #chinesecharacters

    Link to article: Chinese character learning for all students: https://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-character-learning-for-all-students/

    For more information about the book, including how to pre-order, please visit the publisher's pre-order site: https://www.routledge.com/Transforming-Hanzi-Pedagogy-in-the-Digital-Age-Dian-Xie-Shi-Dai-De-Yi-Zi-Jiao-Xue--Theory-Research/Chu-D-Coss-N-Zhang/p/book/9781032259468

    Or Amazon: https://amzn.to/497sMoY

    For more pedagogical insights, you can also visit this website: https://sites.google.com/view/dianxie/home

    Links to more reading on Hacking Chinese

    Real communication: What it is, why you want it and how to get it: https://www.hackingchinese.com/real-communication-what-it-is-why-you-want-it-and-how-to-get-it/

    How I learnt Chinese, part 2: Learning Mandarin in Sweden: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-i-learnt-chinese-part-2-foreign-language-learning-in-sweden/

    Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-it-necessary-to-learn-to-write-chinese-characters-by-hand/

    How to look up Chinese characters you don’t know: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-look-up-chinese-characters-you-dont-know/

    How I learnt Chinese, part 6: Graduate program in Taiwan: https://www.hackingchinese.com/i-learnt-chinese-part-6-graduate-program-taiwan/

    Skritter review: Boosting your Chinese character learning: https://www.hackingchinese.com/skritter-chinese-review-boosting-your-character-learning/

    Do you have to learn to write Chinese characters by hand? https://www.hackingchinese.com/is-it-necessary-to-learn-to-write-chinese-characters-by-hand/

    The new HSK 3.0: What you need to know: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-new-hsk-3-0-what-you-need-to-know/

    Should you learn to speak Chinese before you learn Chinese characters? https://www.hackingchinese.com/should-you-learn-to-speak-chinese-before-you-learn-chinese-characters/

    More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)

    • 9 min
    198 - Learning to hear the sounds and tones in Mandarin

    198 - Learning to hear the sounds and tones in Mandarin

    As infants, we perceive the world without filters. Learning our first language, we form categories of sounds, aiding understanding but losing the ability to hear sounds we don’t need. As adults learning a second language, we need to regain this ability. But how?

    #learnchinese #sounds #tones #perception #training

    Link to article: Learning to hear the sounds and tones in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-to-hear-the-sounds-tones-in-mandarin/

    Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://www.hackingchinese.com/courses/mandarin-chinese-pronunciation-course/

    The Hacking Chinese guide to Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-hacking-chinese-guide-to-mandarin-tones/

    Beyond tīng bu dǒng, part 2: From sound to meaning in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/beyond-ting-bu-dong-part-2-from-sound-to-meaning-in-mandarin/

    The Hacking Chinese tone training course: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-tone-training-course-is-now-open

    More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Traxis, 2020 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0)

    • 16 min
    197 - 24 great resources for improving your Mandarin pronunciation

    197 - 24 great resources for improving your Mandarin pronunciation

    Using the right resources is important when learning anything, but it's essential when learning Mandarin pronunciation. Here are 24 great resources, most of them completely free!

    #learnchinese #pronunciation #resources #free

    Link to article: 24 great resources for improving your Mandarin pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/24-great-resources-for-improving-your-mandarin-pronunciation/

    Hacking Chinese Pronunciation: Speaking with Confidence: https://pronunciation.hackingchinese.com/

    Why learning Chinese pronunciation by using English words is a really bad idea: https://www.hackingchinese.com/why-learning-chinese-pronunciation-by-using-english-words-is-a-really-bad-idea/

    Pinyin chart - Chinese Pronunciation Wiki: https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/pronunciation/pinyin_chart

    Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Chart with Audio - Yabla Chinese: https://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-pinyin-chart.php

    Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Pronunciation (Better Chinese) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwyQK62tO_U

    Mandarin Chinese Alphabet & Introduction to Pinyin | ChinesePod : http://chinesepod.com/tools/pronunciation/?affid=871369

    Improve your Mandarin/Chinese pronunciation using YouTube: https://youglish.com/chinese

    A guide to Pinyin traps and pitfalls: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-guide-to-pinyin-traps-and-pitfalls/

    How learning some basic theory can improve your pronunciation: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-learning-some-basic-theory-can-improve-your-pronunciation/

    The Hacking Chinese guide to Mandarin tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/the-hacking-chinese-guide-to-mandarin-tones/

    Learning the third tone in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-the-third-tone

    Mandarin Chinese Phonetics (Zein.se): http://www.zein.se/patrick/chinen8p.html

    Chinese Pronunciation - Sinosplice: http://www.sinosplice.com/learn-chinese/pronunciation-of-mandarin-chinese/

    Standard Chinese phonology - Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Chinese_phonology

    The Sounds of Chinese (Amazon): https://amzn.to/4dBlsp2

    Review: The Phonology of Standard Chinese: https://www.hackingchinese.com/review-the-phonology-of-standard-chinese/

    Improving your Chinese pronunciation by mimicking native speakers: https://www.hackingchinese.com/mimicking-native-speakers-way-learning-chinese/

    Learning Chinese pronunciation as a beginner: https://www.hackingchinese.com/learning-pronunciation-as-a-beginner/

    Improving pronunciation beyond the basics: https://www.hackingchinese.com/improving-pronunciation-beyond-the-basics/

    A smart method to discover problems with tones: https://www.hackingchinese.com/a-smart-method-to-discover-problems-with-tones/

    Get to know your Chinese voice to level up your speaking ability: https://www.hackingchinese.com/know-your-chinese-voice

    Chinese Pronunciation - Sinosplice: http://www.sinosplice.com/learn-chinese/pronunciation-of-mandarin-chinese

    Using speech recognition to improve Chinese pronunciation, part 1: https://www.hackingchinese.com/using-speech-recognition-to-improve-chinese-pronunciation-part-1/

    Tone Training Course (WordSwing): https://wordswing.com/tone-training-course/welcome

    How to learn to hear the sounds and tones in Mandarin: https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-to-hear-the-sounds-tones-in-mandarin/

    Using Audacity to learn Chinese (speaking and listening): https://www.hackingchinese.com/using-audacity-to-learn-chinese-speaking-and-listening/

    Praat: doing Phonetics by Computer: http://www.praat.org/

    Pleco Software: https://www.hackingchinese.com/go/pleco/

    AllSet Learning Pinyin: http://www.allsetlearning.com/products/allset-learning-pinyin

    More information and inspiration about learning and teaching Chinese can be found over at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.hackingchinese.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Music: "Traxis 1 ~ F. Benjamin" by Tra

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

kkbond ,

The best tool kit for learners and teachers

I wish I had discovered this podcast earlier in my journey as a Chinese learner! It has everything ( including a great website) in therms of resources, tips and recommendations for everyone who is interested in learning/teaching Mandarin, regardless of their level. I like the style of each episode - short, on point, well researched and very informative. The most helpful podcast on the topic!

Natalie1123 ,

Comprehensive and competent

Since I discovered it two years ago, Hacking Chinese has been the first site I go when I have a question about Chinese language acquisition. Olle is a first-rate teacher.

Gao Jian ,

Amazing blog now in podcast form!

Hacking Chinese is the best blog online for exploring the ins and outs of learning Chinese as a second language. This podcast form now makes it possible to digest all the great Chinese learning theory on the go or during dead time.

Can’t wait to see this podcast evolve more in the future!

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