Chinese

This page is dedicated to the study of the Chinese language, an undertaking I started seriously in the autumn of 2007, although I had made some cursory attempts earlier. Since then, I've lived in Taiwan for two years, studying Chinese full time. I have continued to study Chinese since I returned to Sweden in 2010.

I have spent a lot of time and effort analysing how to best learn Chinese and I believe that the conclusion I have drawn can be helpful to others, so therefore I've launched a separate website for this, please visit Hacking Chinese. Articles about my own studying will still be kept here, since Hacking Chinese is mostly meant to help others.

Below, I have gathered and organised a lot of material related to Chinese that I hope will help other people in different ways. The page is separated into several sections, but if you're looking for something special, a search might be the most efficient way. For navigational purposes, consider using the back button in your browser to reach the top of this page after scrolling down.

Please note that posts written in Chinese can be found on my Chinese blog.

Learning Chinese - Tips, tricks and reflections
Tools - Software, hardwarde, gadgets
Asienkunskap - Exams, vocabulary, resources
Studying in Taiwan - Resources, reflections
My Chinese studies - Taiwan, progress, blog
Reviews - Textbooks, literature, film
Related posts - Everything I've written about Chinese

Reviews

I tend to review whatever I come across, so here you can find reviews of textbooks, literature, film, and some miscellaneous items.

Textbooks

Taiwan Today - An Intermediate Course
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese - Volume 1-3
Short-Term Spoken Chinese - Threshold
Short-Term Spoken Chinese - Elementary

Literature

小故事大道理 – 童話故事
小故事大道理 – 成語故事
小故事大道理 – 寓言故事
郭湘齡 – 西遊記
風車編輯群 – 福爾摩斯: 綠玉皇冠
風車編輯群 – 世界偉人:巴哈
風車編輯群 – 福爾摩斯: 血字的研究
風車編輯群 – 世界偉人傳: 牛頓
小故事大道理 – 民間故事
Gao Xingjian – One Man’s Bible
Catharina Lilliehöök – Mei wenti!

Film

Cape No. 7
Curse of the Golden Flower
Raise the Red Lantern
Tiān dì yīng xióng (Warriors of Heaven and Earth)
Jīng Kē cì qín wáng (The Emperor and the Assassin)

Miscellaneous items

Besta CD-859 mini

Published in this category


2015-08-14: My new job at Uppsala University
2015-02-28: Happy 31st birthday to me!
2014-06-21: Playing with Praat: Identifying Mandarin syllables
2014-06-12: I have spoken more Chinese than English in my life so far
2014-04-14: Playing with Praat, part 2: Monophthongs
2014-04-08: Playing with Praat, part 1: Cardinal vowels and vowel space
2013-07-11: Summing up last semester (spring 2013 at NTNU)
2013-03-23: Time logging a week in March 2013
2013-03-21: Books I’ve read in Chinese so far
2013-03-16: Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level
2013-03-13: Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang
2013-02-27: Happy 29th birthday to me
2013-02-16: Summing up last semester (fall 2012 at NTNU)
2012-10-11: Chinese proficiency report 19
2012-06-20: Chinese proficiency report 18
2012-06-01: Chinese Proficiency Report 17
2012-05-24: One scholarship and two admissions – Introduction
2012-05-02: Chinese proficiency report 16
2012-01-28: Chinese proficiency report 14
2011-09-08: Chinese proficiency report 13
2011-06-15: Launching Hacking Chinese
2011-02-27: 27 and counting
2011-01-29: Spring 2011, what’s going on?
2010-12-29: Learn IPA for Chinese and English pronunciation
2010-12-11: Chinese proficiency report 12
2010-10-19: Explaining the 101 list, 5: Languages
2010-09-17: Reading my first full-length novel in Chinese
2010-09-03: The labyrinthine dictionary survival guide
2010-08-27: Chinese proficiency report 11
2010-08-24: Chinese section updated
2010-08-12: Smooth traditional Chinese input in Ubuntu
2010-06-09: Learning to pronounce Chinese, part 5 – Analysis
2010-06-08: Learning to pronounce Chinese, part 4 – Tones
2010-06-07: Learning to pronounce Chinese, part 3 – Identification
2010-05-31: ????? – ??????
2010-05-24: Native speakers
2010-05-19: Memorising dictionaries to aid reading ability
2010-03-17: Learning Chinese
2010-03-15: Osamu Tezuka – ????????? (Black Jack)
2010-03-11: How to learn Chinese – Beginner level
2010-03-09: Spaced repetition software for efficient learning
2010-02-27: 26 years and counting
2010-02-25: Chinese proficiency report 10
2010-02-23: Using Google to study languages
2010-02-19: ??? – ???????
2010-02-07: The backside of perfectionism
2010-02-05: Chinese regarded as a multi-layered web
2010-01-31: Chinese proficiency report 9
2010-01-20: ??? (???) – ???
2009-12-20: Chinese proficiency report 8
2009-12-05: It’s time to leave the surface
2009-11-17: ???? – ????
2009-11-13: ?? – ???????????
2009-11-11: Learning to pronounce Chinese, part 1 – Introduction
2009-11-10: ????? – ????
2009-11-06: Learning Chinese using ZDT’s interval filter
2009-10-30: Chinese proficiency report 7
2009-10-07: Don’t go abroad for your first year of language studies
2009-10-04: Tools for studying Chinese
2009-09-22: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese 4
2009-08-30: Studying Chinese
2009-08-29: Asienkunskap
2009-08-25: The benefits of using additional textbooks as complementary reading
2009-08-14: Besta CD-859 mini
2009-05-26: Chinese proficiency report 6
2009-05-19: Learning Chinese isn’t as hard as you think
2009-05-09: ?????? – ????
2009-05-04: ?????? – ????
2009-05-01: ?????? – ????
2009-04-28: ??? (???) – ???
2009-04-23: ????? – ????: ????
2009-04-19: Taiwan Today: An Intermediate Course
2009-04-18: Next semester: What’s going on?
2009-04-16: ????? – ???????
2009-04-14: Chinese proficiency report 5
2009-04-13: ????? – ????: ?????
2009-04-12: ????? – ?????: ??
2009-04-08: He did there confound all the languages of the Earth
2009-03-26: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese volume 1, 2 and 3
2009-03-24: ?????? – ????
2009-02-27: 25 years and still going strong
2009-02-25: Chinese proficiency report 4
2009-02-18: Travelling to learn languages
2008-12-10: Glossary for Practical Audio-Visual Chinese 1, 2 and 3
2008-12-08: Where cloud dragons play
2008-11-24: Chinese proficiency report 3
2008-11-17: Learning Chinese characters – Revision
2008-10-28: Learning Chinese characters – New characters
2008-10-26: Learning Chinese characters – Attitude
2008-09-28: Chinese proficiency report 2
2008-09-18: Seriously, why Chinese?
2008-09-15: First language lesson
2008-09-09: Chinese proficiency report 1
2008-06-12: Quo vadis, Taiwan?
2008-06-11: First year of Chinese studies concluded
2008-05-18: Short-term Spoken Chinese – Elementary
2008-05-09: All new words from Short-term Spoken Chinese for ZDT
2008-05-06: North-East Asia – Recent history and politics
2008-04-23: Make a list of 1001 Chinese characters and learn them
2008-03-28: Chinese name: ??? (???)
2008-02-24: Gao Xingjian – One Man’s Bible
2007-11-26: New Chinese section launched
2007-11-19: Short-term Spoken Chinese – Threshold Volume 1 and 2
2007-10-03: Catharina Lilliehöök – Mei wenti!
2007-09-20: Studying Chinese (one month)
2007-07-17: Antagen till höstens två kurser
2007-04-05: Asienkunskap – Kina, 40 poäng, del 3
2006-11-14: Asienkunskap – kina, 40 poäng, del 2
2006-11-09: Asienkunskap – Kina, 40 poäng, del 1
2000-09-29: Studying Chinese in Taiwan