ChineseHacks First-Year Anniversary Competition!

The last year really has flown by! When Chinese Hacks began I had no idea what it would evolve into, from basic tips for learning Chinese, to what software and apps to use to learn Chinese, to Chinese lessons and translation. But one thing has stayed the same throughout – you, the readers. Without the great community regularly commenting on posts, retweeting on Twitter and hitting the Like button on Facebook ChineseHacks could never have grown.

So, for the first year anniversary I want to give something back for the support over the last year. But… you don’t get something for nothing 😉 This is a competition! The rules are easy, though, so don’t get worried.

CHineseHacks Competition

The Task

Choose one of the following questions:

  1. Explain why you started learning Chinese and your motivation to continue
  2. Describe how you overcame a hardship learning Chinese
  3. Describe your regular routine for learning Chinese

The Rules

  • Must be written in Chinese (Traditional and Simplified Chinese both accepted, but no English or other non-Chinese languages please!)
  • Must be between 200 and 300 characters
  • Include the following information with your submission: your age, mother tongue, how long you have been learning Chinese for, and a link to your website or blog (if you have one).
  • Be creative with your stories, there’ll be bonus points for making us laugh, but it’s not necessary. We want to see great use of Chinese and that’s what counts!
  • Bonus points for following us on Twitter or Liking us on Facebook – well, we’ll be very grateful but you still need to write a good essay!
  • Email your submission to

The Prizes

Okay, let’s get down to brass tacks, what do you get for your hard work?

There are two prizes, both truly worthy of 300 words of your Chinese!

  • A Mandarin Poster – shipped anywhere in the world – for FREE!
  • A FREE lesson at worth up to $24 – ChineseTeachers charges by the minute, so depending on which level of teacher you chose this could get you a two hour lesson! (We where originally offering a free lesson worth $12 but where nice enough to meet us in the middle and double the offer!)

Deadline and Submission Details

The deadline is the 11th of April, 2011, which gives you three weeks to get this done, so you don’t have an excuse!

All entries should be submitted to the following email address:

Remember to include the following information with your submission: your age, mother tongue, how long you have been learning Chinese for, and a link to your website or blog (if you have one).

What are you waiting for! Get writing!

We need a week after the deadline date to read the submissions and chose the best one, so the winners will be announced on Monday the 18th of April. Oh yeah… and the winning submissions and the best runners up will have their submissions posted ChineseHacks for all to see! (We may even make a Chinese Hacks lesson out of some of them)

9 responses to “ChineseHacks First-Year Anniversary Competition!

  1. Congratulations on the one year anniversary; keep up the good work. Let’s see if I can brush up my writing skills before the 11th of April.

    All the best for the years to come Dave. Thanks for all your great posts.

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    1. I thought about having a higher limit but didn’t want people to feel pressured into writing that much, I actually should have done a minimum and not specified a maximum. If you want to write more that’s okay.

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