I set up this website a couple of years ago to help people in a similar situation to me. I moved to Taiwan in 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, to stay with my partner. I had very limited Chinese skills and couldn’t read or write a single character. Although I haven’t posted as much … Read more
What if we had a handbook that we could search like a dictionary, add our own notes or pictures to, and adapt for our own uses?
The good news is, it’s not too hard to get Notion to act like this, and to set it up for ease of use on the go. In this article, I’ll walk you through how to set up Notion to act as your Chinese handbook. At the end, I’ll also tell you a bit about how I use Notion with my tutor and some software I use to make the process easier for both of us.
I started using Anki not long after I moved to Taiwan, but it took a while to really click with me. In fact, I quit using Anki after a month because it was giving me too much stress. I was plugging away at Traditional Chinese characters (Hanzi) in most of my free time and it never stuck with me.
Here’s a secret a lot of Anki enthusiasts won’t tell you: Anki works best as part of a balanced study routine. So here are some tips for using Anki to study Chinese characters and avoid repeating my mistakes.