I’m Back! Again. For Now…

I’m Back! Again. For Now…

"It’s easy to quit smoking; I’ve done it a thousand times."Mark Twain (actually probably not) That's kind of how it is with me and Chinese. I've lost track of how many times I've walked away - and then come back. A year ago, it was a little more final. The political...

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Cure Insomnia with One Simple Trick

Cure Insomnia with One Simple Trick

Lately I've thrown all my Chinese studies to the wind as I focus on coding bootcamp. By making this kind of shift, I knew it may be a very long time before I take Chinese language-learning seriously again. Sometime around 3:30 a.m., that all changed. A critical part...

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Coding Bootcamp: The Next Language-Learning Frontier

Coding Bootcamp: The Next Language-Learning Frontier

Signing up for something like DigitalCraft's coding bootcamp can be intimidating for someone in his 40's, but I knew I already had the right experience: Learning Chinese in my 30's. If I could hack that, I could hack anything....

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HSK Hacker: A Blog Reborn

HSK Hacker: A Blog Reborn

When I started this blog 4 years ago, I was just looking for something that would push me forward in my Chinese studies. I didn't take it too seriously; it was just a general-purpose "learn Chinese" blog. Looking at it today, I've found I have quite a few visitors,...

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It Was the Best of Classes, It Was the Worst of Classes

It Was the Best of Classes, It Was the Worst of Classes

It's been over a decade, and even now seeing the cover of one of those four textbooks inspires PTSD-flavored shudders. I have fond memories of most of my Chinese classes at Northeast Normal University. My challenging but helpful first-year 汉语教程 textbooks still spark...

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HSK: New and Old

HSK: New and Old

It seems fewer and fewer people recall that the HSK used to come in two flavors: New and Old. While "they just don't make them like they used to" is a lament we often utter when recalling the "good old days," the atrocity that was the old HSK brings no such nostalgia....

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