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ChineseCUBES - Learn Chinese with Augmented Reality

ChineseCUBES Review – Learn Chinese with Augmented Reality

The description of ChineseCUBES couldn’t help but pique my curiosity – “An augmented reality (AR) technology… multi-sensory learning experience”. In plain English it means that real-world objects are modified, or augmented, in some way by the computer, in this case ……

Ideographer Max OS X Apps

Useful Mac Apps for Learning Chinese from Ideographer

Ideographer is a Taipei-based developer of small but useful Max OS X apps with a heavy focus on the Chinese language. I use their apps a lot during my day-to-day Chinese studies and writing here on ChineseHacks so I’d like ……

Chinese Hacks Tip

Only learn the Chinese for words you actually use

This seems obvious, but think about it – how much time learning Chinese is spent on words that you actually use? Words that you know is one thing but here I’m talking about words for the equivalents that you use ……

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An Interview with the creators of Mandarin Poster

When we met with the people behind Mandarin Poster last year we really liked the idea they had for creating a giant poster of the most frequently used Mandarin Chinese characters. In fact, we liked it so much so that ……

Chinese Writing Drills

To grind or not to grind – that is the question

We talk a lot of varied and diverse study plans and about not wasting time by writing line after line of words in repetition, but maybe at the earlier stages of learning Chinese this kind of practice is necessary. Like ……

Have fun learning Chinese with Horse Dragon Fish

Have fun learning Chinese with Horse Dragon Fish

No matter how you approach it, learning Chinese is difficult and can get the best of you sometimes. For those times when you need a break from reading boring textbooks or looking at Chinese news snippings there is Horse Dragon ……

ChineseHacks on ChineseTeachers.com

ChineseHacks is partnering with ChineseTeachers.com

We have some great news, ChineseHacks has officially partnered with ChineseTeachers.com, the best online platform that connects students from around the world with world-class teachers. This means that you’ll be able to study our specially adapted lesson materials right from ……

Ball and Chain

Drop the formalities when learning Chinese

Learning Chinese is supposed to be fun, right? So why does it not always feel that way? Something that often affects language learners, myself included, is that we impose a lot of rules or restrictions on ourselves in terms of ……

Diminishing Returns

Learning Chinese and The Law of Diminishing Returns

A comment by Nick on the post Learning Chinese – in for the long haul? started me thinking about how much time per day is adequate to effectively learn Chinese, yet without burning yourself out. The Law of Diminishing Returns ……

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Learn Chinese Words with Wan Wan Illustrations

Following a recent MandMX comic that use various facial expressions to represent different feelings and emotions I was reminded of the famous Taiwanese artist Wan Wan (彎彎), who is renowned for her blog and series of MSN emoticon animations. A ……

Chinese Hacks on Radio Taiwan

Chinese Hacks on Radio Taiwan

Recently, we were lucky enough to be interviewed by Radio Taiwan for Shirley Lin’s People programme. People focuses interviewing people that are living in Taiwan about their life in Taiwan: Meet Taiwanese people or foreigners living in Taiwan from all ……

Zuckerberg Learning Chinese

Find a language exchange partner

It doesn’t matter if you’re learning Chinese in your own country, or you have gone abroad to learn, finding good opportunities to practice Chinese can still be a problem. If you’re at home you have the obvious problems with immersing ……

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Progressing from intermediate to advanced Chinese

This is a guest post that I wrote for Practice-Chinese.com in August. If you haven’t read Practice-Chinese.com before it’s a great blog that features guest posts from Chinese teachers and learners of Chinese, with a focus ranging from lessons and ……

Progressing in Chinese and the teacher’s role

As you climb your way up from beginner to relative Chinese master, what form should Chinese class take? Should their be free discussion, or rigid lesson plans? What makes a good Chinese teacher at each stage in the learning process? ……

Zhuyin or Pinyin

Learning Chinese – Pinyin or Zhuyin?

When you’re learning Chinese in school or university, you will most likely first learn some form of Pinyin for a period of time before progressing on to learning and reading the Chinese characters themselves. While learning a phonetic alphabet is ……