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2016-08-09: Olle Linge commented on I have spoken more Chinese than English in my life so far:

I meant that if I studied German for 60 hours a week, I would surpass my current level of Chinese within two years, probably faster! ...

2016-05-22: Stoney commented on I have spoken more Chinese than English in my life so far:

I am very interested to learn more about what you meant by “I’m convinced that I could reach my current level of Chinese within just a year or two if I went all-in full kamikaze on......

2015-11-07: Ben commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

I don’t read Chinese, but there’s been a recent boom of Chinese science fiction translated into English. Maybe if you look up some of the authors, you can find some good material. Most significant probably is......

2015-04-02: Olle Linge commented on Books I read in March and what I thought about them:

Glad you found that site, but just as you know, it’s listed on Hacking Chinese Resources, so just searching for “audio books” would have given you this. :) One note of warning, though, audio books......

2015-04-02: Luke commented on Books I read in March and what I thought about them:

I was so intrigued by the fact you listened to ??? as an audio book. I’ve tried many times before to find good sources of audio books, and never had much luck. One......

2015-04-02: Olle Linge commented on Books I read in February and what I thought about them:

Yes, that probably matters a lot. Not only did I read it 15 yearl later than you (relatively speaking), I’ve also never been to the United States. And, as I mentioned, I never had much......

2015-03-06: Laura commented on Books I read in February and what I thought about them:

Thank you for the reviews. I have to say you just “killed me” with your bad review about “The Catcher in the Rye”. It is one of my favorite books! But there’s something one has to bear......

2015-02-28: Olle Linge commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

Sorry, I don’t know if there are any translations nor where to get them if there are any! If you do find them, please let me know! Also, I’d like to ask if you have......

2015-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 31st birthday to me! commented on Halfway to 60, happy birthday to me!:

[…] Apart from this, there have also been other changes in my life, big and small, and in this post I’m going to discuss them briefly, as well as the general state of things. To......

2015-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Halfway to 60, happy birthday to me! commented on Happy 29th birthday to me:

[…] an opportunity as good as as any to write a little bit about what’s been going on since my previous birthday post. Since I have been notoriously bad at writing anything on this blog......

2015-02-24: Isaac commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

Hi guys, I’m a Taiwanese living abroad and despite the problems you mentioned I still love the series. A lot of my friends love science fictions and I really want to share wisely with them......

2014-08-03: Joe Pickett commented on Playing with Praat, part 2: Monophthongs:

If your range is not extending down F1 far enough, you should consider the Hz values do depend on the size of your vocal tract. Males will have “smaller” Hz values because of the larger......

2014-06-27: Anona Mouse commented on Joe Haldeman – Forever Peace:

‘more than thirty’ ...

2014-06-27: Anona Mouse commented on Joe Haldeman – Forever Peace:

Forever War, 1974. Forever Peace, 1997. 23 years, not ‘over thirty’. Reprints don’t count ;) ...

2014-06-13: Barry Reitman commented on I have spoken more Chinese than English in my life so far:

Your use of conversational/colloquial/idiomatic English language, Olle, is perfect to this speaker of American English. (Hmm, I guess that would be considered a flaw to some.) :) I imagine that one of those 500 books was......

2014-05-10: Olle Linge commented on Playing with Praat, part 2: Monophthongs:

Yes, you are perfectly right, I think. I have had very little time to continue this project, but I will at least write some more about tones and using Praat, just not sure when. Thanks......

2014-05-04: Pawel commented on Playing with Praat, part 2: Monophthongs:

Hi Olle, you’ll always have allophones that are more open, closed or whatever depending on the context, so with your simple method I wouldn’t bother too much if your estimated vowel space is maybe smaller than......

2014-04-29: Olle Linge commented on Playing with Praat, part 2: Monophthongs:

Hi Pawel! Thank you for your feedback. I’m pretty sure the odd results were due to differences in linguistic context, but the number of samples might also have played a role (I basically only used......

2014-04-29: hüpfen über diese Website commented on Raise the Red Lantern:

hüpfen über diese Website Olle Linge – Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Raise the Red Lantern ...

2014-04-28: rim playbook commented on Books I’ve read in Chinese so far:

rim playbook Olle Linge – Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Books I?ve read in Chinese so far ...

2014-04-26: Pawel commented on Playing with Praat, part 2: Monophthongs:

Hi Olle, interesting articles. I just scanned through it, but I like the idea you’re using Praat to analyze your voice. I’ve done that, too to check my tones are all right and even trained using......

2014-04-08: Olle Linge commented on Halfway to 60, happy birthday to me!:

Yes, a whole list, but it’s mostly things I’m already doing, I just want to do them more. :) ...

2014-04-08: Olle Linge commented on Tove Jansson – Pappan och havet:

Hej! Jag har tyvärr ingen aning om vad jag menade då det var sju år sedan jag läste boken. Jag skulle kunna gissa på att “korrekt” är fel ord att använda och att det hela......

2014-03-08: Malin Saari commented on Tove Jansson – Pappan och havet:

Håller med om att Mårran är det bästa Bokmonstret genom tiderna! En väldigt nyanserad karaktär som jag med tiden uppfattad som missförstådd. Jag vill som Dnalor rekommendera Sent i November!(Jättefin bok där man får lära känna......

2014-03-01: S commented on Halfway to 60, happy birthday to me!:

Happy birthday to you ! Do you have an idea of the kind of job you want to do once you have finished your master’s degree? ...

2013-09-14: KittyT commented on The pancake omelette:

I have eaten an omelet hybrid on the streets of Taipei, where the cook started with two different mixtures, one that’s basically regular pancake, and one that’s the egg mixture. He would spread the pancake......

2013-09-01: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said par Philip K. Dick commented on Philip K. Dick – Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said:

[…] etrainer | Jun 14, 2008 | Link to a review on my personal website […] ...

2013-07-25: Anastasia commented on Summing up last semester (spring 2013 at NTNU):

This is impressive :-) I was dreaming about learning Chinese for few years already and I’m going to persuade this goal soon. Still, I feel like this is hard to do. Your results give me......

2013-07-25: 5 insights from the first year of a master’s program in Taiwan | Hacking Chinese - ???? commented on Summing up last semester (spring 2013 at NTNU):

[…] I have now completed my first year in ???????? (Graduate Institute for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language), a program which is primarily aimed at native speakers, but that also accepts international students. The......

2013-07-11: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Summing up last semester (spring 2013 at NTNU) commented on Summing up last semester (fall 2012 at NTNU):

[…] having finished last semester with reasonably good results (thriving rather than merely surviving), I was quite sure that my second semester in the graduate […] ...

2013-06-12: George Orwells 1984 | Anarres commented on George Orwell – 1984:

[…] Röda Malmö, Zellys, Dagens Bok, Hem utan böcker, SR, Harpolekaren, Tekoppen, Malin Johansson, Snigel, Montessoriskolan läser, Gradvall, Loke, Nellon, […] ...

2013-06-12: Storebror ser dig | Svensson commented on George Orwell – 1984:

[…] Röda Malmö, Zellys, Dagens Bok, Hem utan böcker, SR, Harpolekaren, Tekoppen, Malin Johansson, Snigel, Montessoriskolan […] ...

2013-05-25: Olle Linge commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

Thank you for your comment! I agree with some things you say, but not all. For instance, I think you’re right that “mystery” isn’t a good word, mostly because the word has different connotations in......

2013-05-25: Anonymous commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

Here is an essay on chronology of Chinese science fiction: http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/abstracts/a119.html#yan ...

2013-05-23: John W. commented on Air Alert 3:

Sometimes it doesn’t seem like you are getting anywhere no matter how hard you train. One of the greatest things about The Jumping Manual is the one on one support from Jacob Hiller. If you......

2013-05-20: Cak Mok commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

I agree with you on certain things you discussed, but also disagree on the “common problems” you pointed out. First, there are stories that I considered boring when reading them, mainly because they don’t fit......

2013-05-18: Olle Linge commented on Introducing creative Saturdays:

I know you didn’t mean it as an attack, if I thought that was your intention I would just have ignored you. :) I think the quotation mark along with the “writing, writing, writing” gave......

2013-05-18: Dianne commented on Introducing creative Saturdays:

First: I’m sorry! Of course my comment wasn’t an attack, and I am very sorry you read it that way. I used quotes to cite which list I was addressing; I could have just......

2013-05-18: Olle Linge commented on Introducing creative Saturdays:

This is the third reply I write to this comment. The first version was a bit sad (the quotation marks around “creative” makes your comment look like an attack, implying that what I’m doing isn’t......

2013-05-18: Dianne commented on Introducing creative Saturdays:

Your “creative” list can be reduced to writing, writing, writing, writing….(catch my drift?) I recommend something else. Dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, any of these in a disciplined and studied way. Add to that......

2013-05-18: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Introducing creative Saturadays commented on Books I’ve read in Chinese so far:

[…] writing. Creative input has been slightly better since I keep reading quite a lot of novels, mostly in Chinese, but output remains dismally […] ...

2013-04-01: How to master Chinese twice as fast without spending more time | Hacking Chinese - ???? commented on More lucid dreaming:

[…] I get into the details of the method, I’d like to give you some background information. I started experimenting with lucid dreaming about five years ago. If you’re not familiar with lucid dreaming at......

2013-03-27: Is your flashcard deck too big for your own good? | Hacking Chinese - ???? commented on Time logging a week in March 2013:

[…] and considering that I’m spending several times that amount on reading and listening. According to the time log I made last week, I spent roughly 67 hours with Chinese in some way or another,......

2013-03-25: Olle Linge commented on Novel writing: Babel revisited:

Translating it myself is probably out of question, it would take way too much time. It would be a job, not creative writing, and it would most likely be a job with no money. I......

2013-03-25: Gwiylm James commented on Novel writing: Babel revisited:

Swedish novels sell well in the UK, and all across the world. I say get the ideas across in your native language, then spend time translating it another time. Either is good. It will have......

2013-03-25: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Novel writing: Babel revisited commented on He did there confound all the languages of the Earth:

[…] an article written almost four years ago (He did there confound all the languages of the Earth), I discussed the problem of learning many languages from a writer’s point of view. Learning […] ...

2013-03-25: Warp2243 commented on Time logging a week in March 2013:

I’m impressed by how rich your daily life seems to be. For me this log was both inspiring and useful, I’ll keep it as a reference. Thanks ! ...

2013-03-24: Sara K. commented on Time logging a week in March 2013:

Obviously, you need to write science fiction in Chinese – that would be Chinese practice, creative output, and after you finished writing it, you would have more science fiction to read in Chinese :P ...

2013-03-23: Sara K. commented on Exploring Chinese science fiction: Ni Kuang:

Re: Ni Kuang I’ve also read a couple of the Wesley stories, and was not enthralled by them. However, I’ve read that the quality of the Wesley stories varies greatly, and that some of them......

2013-03-23: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Time logging a week in March 2013 commented on Internal discourse and operational languages:

[…] ask me how much time I spend using different languages and I have written about this earlier (Internal discourse and operational languages). Of course, it’s close to impossible to time internal discourse, so this......

2013-03-21: Olle Linge commented on Books I’ve read in Chinese so far:

The number of characters I don’t know is very low, I can usually read several pages without encountering a single one. The number of words I don’t know is obviously much higher than that, but......

2013-03-21: Malte commented on Books I’ve read in Chinese so far:

That’s quite impressive. Do you look up every character you don’t know (I got the feeling the number of unknown characters ain’t that high in your case)? ...

2013-03-21: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Books I’ve read in Chinese so far commented on Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level:

[…] week, I wrote an article about a reading plan for taking my Chinese to the next level. In order to have a clearer starting point and allow others to understand better what I’m […] ...

2013-03-21: Warp2243 commented on Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level:

Hm… I see, thanks for your thoughts about this. Thinking back about what I wrote, I may have gone a little overboard. I was actually comparing the difficulty of Chinese and English for the same......

2013-03-21: Olle Linge commented on Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level:

Good question! I don’t read aloud very much, mostly because it’s way too slow. Almost all my reading is of the extensive kind, but it should be mentioned that I don’t actually “study Chinese” at......

2013-03-21: Olle Linge commented on Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level:

You say you’ve spend 10,000 hours on Chinese in 5 years, so that’s about 6h/day… and that’s only a small fraction of the time spent on English, seriously? Yes. Considering that I spent the rest of......

2013-03-19: Warp2243 commented on Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level:

You say you’ve spend 10,000 hours on Chinese in 5 years, so that’s about 6h/day… and that’s only a small fraction of the time spent on English, seriously? By the way, 500 English books sure is......

2013-03-17: Scott commented on Taking my Chinese reading ability to the next level:

I’m curious to know, what proportion of your reading is done silently and how much is done out loud? Also how much do you re-read and review things that you have already read? I’m trying to......

2013-02-28: Warp2243 commented on Happy 29th birthday to me:

Oh, that makes sense :P Thanks, I’ll keep this in mind ! ...

2013-02-27: Olle Linge commented on Happy 29th birthday to me:

Hi! Hanzi are screwed up anywhere but in the actual posts. That’s because something is wrong with the character set for the database, but since it would probably require some time to fix, I haven’t done......

2013-02-27: Warp2243 commented on Happy 29th birthday to me:

Oh, surprisingly hanzi aren’t displayed in comments… Well that was just the very first line of the Analects : The Master said, “Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application?” ...

2013-02-27: Warp2243 commented on Happy 29th birthday to me:

Happy Birthday Olle ! It was a much pleasing article to read, especially the last part about you being happy with your life. Surprisingly I can relate to this and many more elements. In particular :......

2013-02-27: Maciej commented on Happy 29th birthday to me:

Dear Olle, Grattis på födelsedagen! Wszystkiego najlepszego w dniu urodzin! You are exactly two month older, if your birthday is today (but at the same 27 years younger) than me. As the number 27 seems to......

2013-02-27: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 29th birthday to me commented on Magneter och mirakel published:

[…] has been fairly stagnant since I (almost) finished the draft of my novel a year ago, which followed the publication of Magneter och mirakel in 2011. This is largely because I have been to......

2013-02-27: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 29th birthday to me commented on An end is also a beginning:

[…] I have moved back to Taiwan, starting a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a second language. I’m doing this […] ...

2013-02-25: Warp2243 commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

Oh okay. Well for now I live in Paris full time. I want to go to Taiwan for 1 to 3 months, but haven’t decided when. If everything goes well, I’ll start my PhD this......

2013-02-24: Olle Linge commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

Adding months to the summary is a bit too detailed I think, but I can give you the details here. I’ll (most likely) be here from the beginning of September to the end of June......

2013-02-24: Warp2243 commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

Awesome ! That’s exactly what I wanted. And we even get a nice picture of you! Would you mind putting the months as well in your curriculum? Especially since I don’t know when the school year......

2013-02-19: Olle Linge commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

Okay, I have updated the informamation now, just check the “about” link in the left-hand menu! ...

2013-02-17: Olle Linge commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

I don’t blame you, most things can be found somewhere on this blog, but sifting through more than a thousand articles is not something I recommend. :) In this case, though, I haven’t updated my......

2013-02-17: Warp2243 commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

Awesome, you answered my question before I even asked it ! (that was : where were you in your Chinese learning journey at that time?). You seem so young and inexperienced in that text, compared......

2013-02-17: Olle Linge commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

Almost five years. That’s a very long time. It’s hard to imagine that I had studied Chinese for about eight months when I read that article and basically had no idea what would happen later.......

2013-02-16: Warp2243 commented on Briefing: Taiwan:

I’m a little late to the party, but that was a nice text. The more I read about Taiwan, the more I realize it interests me much more than mainland China (and this is partly......

2013-01-20: Olle Linge commented on Spaced repetition software for efficient learning:

They are the standard colours for Pinyin tones nowadays. Google Nathan Dummitt and you shall find. ...

2012-12-08: Sara K. commented on Chinese proficiency report 19:

I have been pondering about your comment that correct grammar in Chinese is more important than correct grammar in English for comprehension by native speakers … and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that......

2012-12-04: richy commented on Spaced repetition software for efficient learning:

Hello, thanks for making the PAVC decks. Can you explain what are the color codes used in the Pinyin field? ...

2012-11-24: nanpyn commented on Chinese proficiency report 20:

1. Ah, I should have stated that “if the T2 is at the end of a declarative sentence.” The overall intonation will also affect the pitch contour as we know. 2. To learners whose native......

2012-11-24: Olle Linge commented on Chinese proficiency report 20:

“To prolong the T2 is a good solution, but be careful with the length; otherwise, it will turn into a T1.” I think this will come naturally. I don’t think T2 turning into T1 is a......

2012-11-24: nanpyn commented on Chinese proficiency report 20:

1. To prolong the T2 is a good solution, but be careful with the length; otherwise, it will turn into a T1. To be precise, better prolong and connect the T2......

2012-11-24: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Chinese proficiency report 20 commented on Chinese proficiency report 19:

[…] though only little more than a month has passed since the previous report,  enough has happened to motivate a new article. The previous post dealt with my Chinese ability […] ...

2012-11-05: Slacker commented on Physical benchmarking pre-summer 2012:

Dags för uppdatering så vi får se hur det går i långtbortistan nuförtiden ^^! ...

2012-10-20: nanpyn commented on Chinese proficiency report 19:

The Chinese characters I typed became question marks. . . . The first line should be: “Wow, Yunlong, ni hao renzhen!” The other should be: “Yingwen keyi zheyang lianxu jiashe ma? Duibuqi, wo de Yingwen......

2012-10-20: nanpyn commented on Chinese proficiency report 19:

????????? I agree with Scott, too. Native speakers of Mandarin also misunderstand each other. The listening skill requires a lot of effort (brain work?). If I (as the listener) don’t pay attention, if the speaker is......

2012-10-13: Sara commented on Chinese proficiency report 19:

I’m just chiming in what Scott just wrote above. I also see/hear native speakers misunderstanding each other all the time, especially if they come from different parts of the country. But I can well understand your......

2012-10-12: Scott commented on Chinese proficiency report 19:

I whole heartedly agree on the context thing. I find that this possibly makes grammar more important in Chinese. Although Chinese grammar is perhaps simpler that English grammar, the importance on getting it correct to......

2012-10-06: Olle Linge commented on Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion:

Not sure what you mean by “wrong”. I think what you say is pretty much in line with both the review and the book. It’s difficult to prove a negative conclusively, but we can still......

2012-10-06: Olle Linge commented on Type 500 characters per minute for two minutes:

Windows comes with US dvorak preinstalled, I don’t think it will be a problem. It’s worse for me who use a customize Swedish version. :) I don’t know what will happen if you switch. I......

2012-10-05: Anonymous commented on Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion:

wrong. Atheists find no evidence for god. You cant prove a negative. Of course the absence of proof is not evidence that something doesnt exist, however, athiest do not believe in god because there is......

2012-09-27: Ricky commented on Type 500 characters per minute for two minutes:

Really nice improvement dvorak. For me I am typing 500cpm using qwerty, do you think I will have 100cpm of improvement ahead if I switch to dvorak. But one problem about dvorak is that every companies......

2012-09-07: Olle Linge commented on Practical Audio-Visual Chinese volume 1, 2 and 3:

Hi Christina! I’m sure there are workbooks for all the books in that series (I have most of them at home). How to order them or get hold of them I don’t really know. If......

2012-09-03: Christina commented on Practical Audio-Visual Chinese volume 1, 2 and 3:

Hello! I just finished a summer session at NTNU MTC using this textbook series. I’ve returned home to the states and am hoping to keep up with what I’ve learned by self studying before school......

2012-08-30: Confused Laowai commented on Arriving in Taipei:

Looks great Olle! Exciting too. Eager to read more about Taipei, Taiwan and your adventures there. I hope you get the time to blog more. ...

2012-08-30: Yen commented on Arriving in Taipei:

You got luck, becuz the place you are staying just been reorganized, it was a huge protest by night market vendors against resident,anyway good to have you back :D catch up soon. ...

2012-08-29: Xhakhal commented on An end is also a beginning:

Even if we haven’t really talked much since you got back from Taiwan the last time, I’m still a bit sad to see you go. Not as much as I’m excited for you though! And......

2012-08-25: Sara K. commented on An end is also a beginning:

Sounds exciting. When you have free time, you should drop by Taoyuan (Daxi and Fuxing townships are particularly worth visiting). Also, if you want company, I’d be interested in meeting you in Taipei. ...

2012-06-22: Sara K. commented on Chinese proficiency report 18:

I in a way have the opposite problem … it’s much easier to get myself to read Chinese than to listen to Chinese. While there are practical reasons for this, it’s mainly because it......

2012-06-17: Laura commented on Internal discourse and operational languages:

Hi there! I think this article is very interesting, because it’s what happens to most polyglots. Neurolinguistics has a lot of research to do on this field. I have the theory that your second language......

2012-06-04: Diary: “I’m an anorexic writer” – Interview with Pamela Carter « Glühbirne commented on Wonderful, ambiguous you:

[…] questions. I quickly came to realise how ambiguous English is compared to German, even just in the pronouns – Hannes would ask “Who is the ‘you’ here?” and I would say “Does it matter?”......

2012-06-03: Sara K. commented on One scholarship and two admissions – Introduction:

I live in Taoyuan, so that would be another personal contact for Northern Taiwan. If you go to NTNU, you could consider living in Danshui or Xindian – you could get to Shida conveniently via MRT,......

2012-06-03: Sara K. commented on Chinese Proficiency Report 17:

I’m right now reading ???? (novel). It is an easy read (well, it’s easy for *me* because it’s easier than some of the other novels I’ve read in Chinese), and fast-moving – the story......

2012-06-03: Anonymous commented on One scholarship and two admissions – Introduction:

Well, I can’t make this choice for you, but I would like to point out that I live in Taoyuan, so that’s one more social connection for Northern Taiwan. I don’t think the weather in Northern......

2012-05-27: Olle Linge commented on One scholarship and two admissions – Introduction:

Yeah, I think I have quite different priorities compared with most native students. For instance, I consider learning Chinese to be equally important to earning a degree. Perhaps a smaller class and a smaller university......

2012-05-25: Anne commented on One scholarship and two admissions – Introduction:

I thought you have analyzed everything and decided where to go already!! It’s interesting for me since most students who study TCSL would choose NTNU. It’s the oldest and top1 in Taiwan. Students there can......

2012-05-24: Olle Linge commented on Guestbook:

Thank you very much for the kind words, it’s nice to hear that you like both my websites. :) As for Assimil and Pimsleur, I can’t tell, really. That’s something of a disadvantage, of course,......

2012-05-13: Laura commented on Guestbook:

Hi Olle! I wanted to congratulate you on both of your websites, Hacking Chinese and this one. Your writing skills in English are amazing, I hope it’s contagious(!). I love reading blogs on languages & translation,......

2012-05-03: Olle Linge commented on Chinese proficiency report 16:

I think it’s possible because I include activities of very different kinds. Writing about Chinese phonology and practising listening are two very different things and therefore a lot easier to combine. Writing articles for Hacking......

2012-05-02: Sara commented on Chinese proficiency report 16:

Wow, almost more than 7 hours studying Chinese per day. That’s a lot! And I’m studying full-time in China, but still couldn’t do that every single day. ...

2012-04-18: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Bernard Suits – The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia commented on Iain M. Banks – Look to Windward:

[…] discussion about utopia makes me think of Iain Banks (Look to Windward in particular). In many of his books, an utopian society called The Culture is an important element […] ...

2012-04-01: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Total language immersion project starting now commented on Internal discourse and operational languages:

[…] won’t speak Swedish or English and will do my best to change my internal discourse to […] ...

2012-03-29: Martin Ackerfors commented on Snigel.nu restored after server crash:

Woho! ...

2012-03-29: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Chinese proficiency report 14 commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

[…] to make things more coherent. If you want to read an update of my Chinese studies, you could look at the post from September last year. I have of course improved since then, but......

2012-03-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 28th birthday to me commented on Summer vacation gymnastics:

[…] physical workout Summer vacation gymnastics Back flip and muscle-up to handstand on rings Becoming more […] ...

2012-03-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 28th birthday to me commented on Magneter och mirakel published:

[…] it comes to creativity, there is one event that eclipses everything else: the publication of Magneter och mirakel last spring. This is the final product of many, many years of work, and even though......

2012-03-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 28th birthday to me commented on Internal discourse and operational languages:

[…] Towards a more personal website Taiwan and the Black Box To inspire and to be inspired Zen, smart phones and the now Internal discourse and operational languages […] ...

2012-03-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 28th birthday to me commented on Happy 28th birthday to me:

[…] life Education Creativity General […] ...

2012-03-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Happy 28th birthday to me commented on 23 år i livet:

[…] back through the annual updates I’ve been written on my birthday since 2007 (that one is in Swedish, the first one in English is from 2008), it’s apparent that I take these […] ...

2012-03-28: Olle Linge commented on :

This post was manually restored after a server crash and the following 8 comments were retrieved: Sara K. on 2012-01-29 at 08:30: Cheers! I recently bought a bilingual book about Mandarin pronunciation – everything in the book is......

2012-01-24: Olle Linge commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

Two Saras liking the same post! :O I actually didn’t realise that other people find these posts interesting. I’m planning on writing a new one quite soon. I will have plent of time studying Chinese......

2012-01-23: Sara commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

Here’s another Sara who enjoyed reading your post! Reading about other people’s goals and how they are going to achieve them helps a lot with my own goal setting. @Sara K. That’s really impressive for a......

2012-01-16: Olle Linge commented on Timeboxing physical workout:

I suppose it’s possible to do this witohut resting at all, but that’s another kind of exercise in that case. However, as you point out, having songs that are three minutes long still lets you......

2012-01-16: Magnus Falk commented on Timeboxing physical workout:

I was thinking that if I’m running close to the limit of the timebox it would be inconvenient to have to glance at the timer while doing the exercises. But as you put it there’s......

2012-01-14: Olle Linge commented on Timeboxing physical workout:

Good question! I didn’t mention this because it didn’t occur to me. I do exercises which require much, much, much less than three minutes to finish. If we have three exercises in three minutes, we......

2012-01-13: Magnus Falk commented on Timeboxing physical workout:

You should really talk about what to do if you’re not strong enough to finish the reps you planned within the timebox. To you reduce the reps then or do you simply do as many......

2012-01-13: Calle commented on Sam J. Lundwall – Uppdrag i universum:

En verklig SF-klassiker! Boken är helt enkelt en hysteriskt rolig drift med genren och jag har för länge sedan tappat räkningen på hur många gånger jag skrattat käkarna ur led… Vissar partier är helt och......

2012-01-13: Olle Linge commented on Berlin 2011:

Hi! Wait, you don’t mean to say that you found me randomly twice, because you just commented my atricle on Hacking Chinese as well, and you couldn’t have found that by google PAVC? :) Thanks......

2012-01-12: simon commented on Berlin 2011:

Hej. Just found your site through random googling Practical Audio-Visual Chinese and recognized your name from the anki deck I’m using. *erm* Thank you, you’re my hero! orz I’m Berlin born and raised, living here again......

2012-01-12: Olle Linge commented on Guestbook:

How do you read? Do you read aloud or quietly? Do you try to say sentences to the point you can recite them without actually looking at the written words? Or do you just read......

2012-01-12: Olle Linge commented on Explaining the 101 list, 5: Languages:

@Sara: Thank you so much for the recommendations. I’m busy writing a term paper about spaced repetition software at the moment, so I haven’t checked them out yet, but I still want to say that......

2012-01-11: Scott commented on Guestbook:

Haha I do all of those things but not quite enough of any of them. For some articles in the future here are some things I’m trying to work out. How do you read? Do......

2012-01-10: Sara K. commented on Explaining the 101 list, 5: Languages:

And of course, if you haven’t done so already, you have to memorise ????????? ????? ?????? ...

2012-01-10: Sara K. commented on Explaining the 101 list, 5: Languages:

????? is also a ??? song – in fact, it’s one of my 2-3 favourites by her. It’s not one of her more famous songs, but I like that is has a stronger tempo......

2012-01-10: Olle Linge commented on Guestbook:

Well, in my opinion, being any kind of “language hacker” is about trying different things. If we want to do that, it’s essential that we listen to what other people have to say, we can’t......

2012-01-10: Olle Linge commented on Explaining the 101 list, 5: Languages:

Listening to Chinese music is tricky. I listen to mostly EBM/synth/industrial stuff and there just isn’t much music I like in Chinese. What I do is to listen to lots and lots of different music,......

2012-01-10: Scott commented on Guestbook:

I’m sure I literally waste hours on thinking about how to learn Chinese. But if I didn’t I’d probably waste it on something else. Procrastination is the name of the game. ...

2012-01-09: Sara K. commented on Explaining the 101 list, 5: Languages:

May I ask, which Chinese songs have you memorized / are planning to memorize? If you haven’t already memorized 50 songs yet, here are 5 suggestions from me: ????? ?????? ????? ???? ????? ...

2012-01-09: Olle Linge commented on Guestbook:

Perhaps I should write an article about the dangers of getting stuck on thinking about how to learn ? :) I’m only half joking here. ...

2012-01-09: Scott commented on Guestbook:

Yeah thankyou I have read hacking Chinese. It’s excellent and a good resource for learners of Chinese. Sometimes I feel like I read more articles about how to study Chinese than I do actually studying......

2012-01-09: Olle Linge commented on Guestbook:

Hi! Although it is true that I’ve lived in both Xinzhu and Gaoxiong, I’m not sure I’m qualified to tell you what is the right choice for you. I left Xinzhu mostly because I was......

2012-01-08: Scott commented on Guestbook:

Hi there Olle. I’m an English teacher living in Hsinchu and have been studying chinese for the past year and a Half by myself and with a private teacher for an hour a week. However......

2011-12-21: Olle Linge commented on Reading my first full-length novel in Chinese:

Great! :) I think the increase in percentage would be heavily dependent on how much you’ve read before. I deliberately focused very, very much on speaking and listening during my last year in Taiwan, simply......

2011-12-21: Sara K. commented on Reading my first full-length novel in Chinese:

Well, now I’ve finished my first novel in Chinese. I haven’t done a benchmarking of my reading speed yet (I plan to do that in a day or two), but I know that my reading speed......

2011-12-17: Olle Linge commented on Wonderful, ambiguous you:

Oh, I managed to select the wrong character, it’s of course meant to be ? and not ? :) But yes, I think you’re right that it appears in writing, but as I said, I......

2011-12-17: Sara K. commented on Wonderful, ambiguous you:

Well, at least in writing (done by Taiwanese people), I’m pretty sure I’ve at least seen ?? quite a bit, but that just might be my memory playing tricks on me. ...

2011-12-16: Olle Linge commented on Wonderful, ambiguous you:

I wrote the article to make people smile, so I’m happy I succeeded with that at least. :) I think it’s possible to avoid ambiguity in almost any language if one wants to, but here......

2011-12-15: Sara K. commented on Wonderful, ambiguous you:

It took me a while to figure out what you meant by ‘you’ … and when I figured it out, I laughed. I would like to note that in older Modern English there is ‘thou/thee/thy/thine’, which......

2011-12-14: Anonymous commented on Zen, smart phones and the now:

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????“??”??“??”??????????????????????Norrkoping?Rudolf Steiner Upper Secondary School ????????????????????????????FIKA,?????????????????????????????????????????????????? ...

2011-12-03: Olle Linge commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

You make me realise I should read more, thanks. :) ...

2011-12-03: Sara K. commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

I’m reading the Condor Trilogy. I’m now reading the first novel, ????? – I read the manhua partially as a preparation for the novel. And boy did reading the manhua help – not......

2011-12-02: Olle Linge commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

Way to go! I think quantity really trumps quality more often than people think when it comes to language learning. People seem obsessed with getting everything right or understanding everything they read, but that way......

2011-12-01: Sara K. commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

Well, I read the whole thing :D I’m now reading my first novel in Chinese. I’ve already read about 300 pages. Of course, I picked a novel which (according to the page count of......

2011-11-04: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Morning routines commented on Becoming more ninja:

[…] I like this routine simply because it allows me to get a ton of things done immediately and usually before I would otherwise have got out of bed. Even if I don’t touch Anki......

2011-10-31: Good Feeling | commented on Becoming more ninja:

[…] to give a proper announcement for himself, otherwise you can read his material at his own website here. I’m glad to have him on the team and look forward to reading whatever his thoughts......

2011-10-23: The Chinese-Chinese dictionary survival guide - Hacking Chinese commented on Besta CD-859 mini:

[…] have an electronic dictionary which allows me to just tap a screen to go to the next intersection in the labyrinth (nowadays, […] ...

2011-10-09: The labyrinthine dictionary survival guide - Hacking Chinese commented on Memorising dictionaries to aid reading ability:

[…] a high number of individual characters (parts of words would be applicable for other languages). I went through the 3000 most common Chinese characters before starting. This turned out to be incredibly useful since......

2011-09-18: Achieving the impossible by being inspired - Hacking Chinese commented on To inspire and to be inspired:

[…] This article is an adapted version of a post I wrote on my personal website a while ago, see the original here. […] ...

2011-09-11: Alva commented on To inspire and to be inspired:

I really liked this article, since it stresses two things: fear and curiosity, at least that is what I got out of it. ...

2011-09-09: Olle Linge commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

Yes, you’ve got a list, which is a good start. If you really want to do something more than just listing things you want to achieve, though, you need to do more. The first step......

2011-09-08: Magnus Falk commented on Chinese proficiency report 13:

Interesting that it would be so interesting to read about someone’s learning progress! I’m thinking about how I would go about applying some of this awesomesauce to my own learning. But first I guess that......

2011-09-08: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Chinese proficiency report 13 commented on Chinese proficiency report 12:

[…] haven’t written anything about learning Chinese for quite a while now, the previous proficiency report was written almost nine months ago. This is partly because I’ve been busy writing about how […] ...

2011-09-03: Olle Linge commented on Short-term Spoken Chinese – Threshold Volume 1 and 2:

The easiest way is to first suspend all the cards you don’t want to study immediately and then unsusupend them as you encounter them in your textbook. Hope this helps! ...

2011-08-31: Carmen commented on Short-term Spoken Chinese – Threshold Volume 1 and 2:

Using Anki. How can I practice the flashcards per chapter? I saw the filter section, but how do I apply it to viewing/practicing? Thanks. ...

2011-08-16: About the importance of separating various kinds of mistakes - Hacking Chinese commented on Learning to pronounce Chinese, part 5 – Analysis:

[…] serious is it? What areas are involved? What exactly is the system, the rule, behind your mistake? Check this post on my personal website for an example of a detailed analysis of my own......

2011-07-29: Om kunskap, svindlande eller inspirerande | Martin Ackerfors commented on To inspire and to be inspired:

[…] han ser på konsten att lära sig av andra. I artikeln, med det flerdubbelt passande namnet ”To inspire and to be inspired” diskuterar Olle hur man ska låta sig påverkas av de som är......

2011-07-15: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Back flip and muscle-up to handstand on rings commented on Summer vacation gymnastics:

[…] few weeks ago, I published a post about some things I wanted to achieve before the end of the summer. I also have my 101-in-1001 list that contain some of these (and some more).......

2011-07-12: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · To inspire and to be inspired commented on The kamikaze approanch to learning Chinese:

[…] I usually studied with people whose Chinese was a lot better than my own (I call this the “kamikaze approach to learning Chinese“, click the link to read more about my first experiment with......

2011-07-07: Björn Jacobsen commented on Taiwan and the Black Box:

The best of luck to you, Olle! ...

2011-07-06: Martin Ackerfors commented on Taiwan and the Black Box:

It does not matter if it is heaven, hell or Taiwan a person has been through, the black box, the isolation and the loneliness is the price we pay for our choices. Some puts the......

2011-07-06: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Taiwan and the Black Box commented on About departures and death:

[…] year has passed since I left Taiwan. Sometimes it feels like I left yesterday, sometimes it feels like it might as well have been […] ...

2011-07-02: Olle Linge commented on Launching Hacking Chinese:

Thanks for your comment! It’s a lot easier to make the effort if I know that people appreciate what I do, so thank you. If you have any suggestions or ideas for the site, I’d......

2011-06-30: Jade commented on Launching Hacking Chinese:

Hi… I saw a link to Hacking Chinese on another Hong Kong blog. I’ve recently begun a pursuit to acquire a reasonable level of proficiency in Cantonese in the quickest time possible. To say......

2011-06-24: Olle Linge commented on Dromedaren har vält!:

Är du säker? För jag testade igårkväll och jag kan se din rekommendation på FB? ...

2011-06-24: Martin Ackerfors commented on Dromedaren har vält!:

Av någon anledning fungerar det inte att dela det här på Facebook via knapparna. :( ...

2011-06-24: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Towards a more personal website commented on Dromedaren har vält!:

[…] posts that no-one was interested in reading (some posts are actually quite entertaining, such as this one, but these are exceptions). I still write these things, but I keep it on Facebook for people......

2011-06-15: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Magneter och mirakle published commented on What is Magneter och mirakel?:

[…] information about the game can be found on our official website, or in brief form here, in English. Even more information, including a free preview and some other downloadable material will be […] ...

2011-06-14: Olle Linge commented on Besta CD-859 mini:

All three methods are available, although I’ve only really used handwriting. ...

2011-06-09: Dan commented on Besta CD-859 mini:

How do u type in the Chinese characters? Pin yin, bopomofo, or write the character? ...

2011-05-09: Olle Linge commented on Guestbook:

Hi! I had studied for one year prior to receiving the scholarship, so I knew basic stuff but couldn’t really communicate. The interviews were quite normal and relaxed, but that might vary from place to place.......

2011-04-25: ria-chan commented on Guestbook:

Hey Olle! Thanks for sharing your experiences! Very informative. :) Landed on your site as it was mentioned at Forumosa. Was reading about the Huayu scholarship. Did you go through any interviews as part of the......

2011-04-22: Slacker commented on Magneter och mirakel published:

Sjukt nice gjort! Mycket respekt på att ha sitt namn på bok på detta vis! ;) Duktig hest! ...

2011-04-21: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Magneter och mirakle published commented on Magneter och mirakel – Text finished:

[…] started seven years ago has now been completed, I hold the final product in my hand. Although the text was finished about a year ago while I still lived in Taiwan, it took some......

2011-04-14: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Vertical/horizontal shape up – 9 weeks commented on Vertical shape up:

[…] is the third post I write about my current workout, see the first and the second post for more background information. I’m writing this post because I want to […] ...

2011-03-22: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Learn to sleep comfortably on my back commented on The (old) 101-in-1001 list:

[…] ambitious 101-in-1001 list, but for me, it’s quite important. It’s a revived task from the previous list, one I actually accomplished but have since forgotten. I tend to sleep in something similar to a......

2011-03-22: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Learn to sleep comfortably on my back commented on Learn to sleep comfortably on my back:

[…] goal to have on an ambitious 101-in-1001 list, but for me, it’s quite important. It’s a revived task from the previous list, one I actually accomplished but have since forgotten. I tend to sleep......

2011-03-07: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Vertical/horizontal shape up – 4 weeks commented on Vertical shape up:

[…] weeks ago, I wrote a post (read it here) describing two new physical challenges that I would undertake, both related to vertical pulls and […] ...

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on Bedevilled books:

[…] The labyrinthine dictionary survival guide How I handle difficult decisions Bedevilled books […] ...

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on Rubik’s Cube:

[…] amount of cubing, solving some new puzzles such as Square-1, 3x3x5 and rhombic dodecahedron (check my cubing page if you’re really interested). Apart from that, I also explored fewest moves and blindfolded […] ...

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on The 2010 Hugo Award for best novel:

[…] fewer movies, I don’t feel that’s motivated this time. However, I do want to mention the Hugo Award novels for 2010, which I read and reviewed. Most of them were quite good, so have......

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on Spring 2011, what’s going on?:

[…] The first half of last year didn’t contain much worth noticing education-wise, since I just continued studying Chinese like the previous three semesters. The big changes came during the autumn when I changed goals......

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on Gaoxiong everyday life in pictures, 2010:

[…] remotely close to being as emotionally disrupting. I haven’t written about that properly, but I did write a short post just before leaving which discusses some aspects. Most photos of my life in Taiwan......

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on Leaving for Hong Kong:

[…] course, everything didn’t go smoothly. I had to go to Hong Kong to renew my visa, which was a lot more unsettling than it sounds, although it was also nice in some […] ...

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · 27 and counting commented on 26 years and counting:

[…] A year ago, I had just moved from Taipei in northern Taiwan to Gaoxiong in the south. I spend almost all my time learning Chinese in some way, sometimes in class, sometimes with friends......

2011-02-28: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · The labyrinthine dictionary survival guide commented on Spaced repetition software for efficient learning:

[…] want to draw. I’m currently writing recording almost every unknown passage and intersection, storing and reviewing everything with Anki, but you definitely don’t have to do that. If you encounter words more than once......

2011-02-18: Olle Linge commented on Explaining the 101 list, 3: Everyday life:

Det låter intressant! Jag funderar faktiskt på att ändra den här punkten till något som fortfarande handlar om att analysera mat under en given tid, för det är nästan omöjligt att göra det som det......

2011-02-18: Johan commented on Explaining the 101 list, 3: Everyday life:

Analyse what I eat three times, one week each – jag har ett program som kanske kan hjälpa till. Många matvaror är registrerade med innehåll. Om man är noggrann kan man säkert få en bra......

2011-02-13: Olle Linge commented on The new and the old 101-in-1001 lists:

Interesting! Individual scheduling for goals or tasks is probably the biggest difference between what you propose and the standard 101 list. One problem with doing this regularly and having some sort of follow-up is that......

2011-02-13: Martin Ackerfors commented on The new and the old 101-in-1001 lists:

An idea, based on how we plan and structure our tasks at work, struck my mind as I read through your post. Of course, our system isn’t used for long-term development (as far as I......

2011-02-13: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · The new and the old 101-in-1001 lists commented on Spring 2011, what’s going on?:

[…] so I thought, because that was the first assumption that was completely turned over only a few months later. I now think it’s likely that I will graduate in less than one year; […] ...

2011-02-13: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · The new and the old 101-in-1001 lists commented on The (old) 101-in-1001 list:

[…] the designated time period had elapsed, I had finished 74 of the tasks (the old list can be viewed here). With hindsight, I regard this as a huge success. Because of this project, I......

2011-02-09: Slacker commented on Vertical shape up:

I cheer for you! Beach 2011 kommer bli awesome. Låtom oss komma i form och bli ordentligt starka så vi kan göra saker andra inte klarar av :)! Go us! ...

2011-02-09: Olle Linge - Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams · Vertical shape up commented on Physical skills and feats – dreams and ambitions:

[…] that for now). Last time I mentioned anything about this was probably last autumn when I posted a list of dreams and ambitions, some of them loftier than others. I have been working on......