Thanks to the passage of time and some advice from frequent commenter, Dev, my number of daily flashcard reviews has decreased from ~400 total to just over 200. It’s time to start learning new characters again.
I am one month in, so it is time for a look back on the progress, or lack thereof, that I’ve made in my Chinese studies. I’ve nearly met some of my goals. Others were completely missed or outright abandoned. Others still are new, added a couple weeks into my program. Needless to say, The Plan no longer is, and I ought to update the My Method page.
I have already posted the Glossika statistics wibr compiled and posted on Chinese-Forums.com (thank you, wibr!) on my statistics page. Out of curiosity — and because I know one of my three readers wants more Glossika statistics — I decided to do a brief analysis of Glossika’s Fluency 1 – 3 program using imron’s Chinese Text Analyzer. Let’s try answer the question: “How many words are there in Glossika?” Continue reading
It is time for a progress report, and since I am long-winded, I will restrict this post to discussing my Hanzi learning journey.
In the lead-up to writing this blog, I scoured Chinese-Forums for a couple of weeks in my spare time trying to pick up the best advice and wisdom it had to offer. In one memorable thread, kongli declared he would attempt to learn 1500 words in a mere 30 days (that’s 50 words as day for those of you who aren’t mathemagicians). It was a fun thread. He admitted what he was doing was the linguistic equivalent of The Great Leap Forward to which BertR agreed, writing: “Learning 1500 words in 30 days won’t be your biggest challenge. That will be not to forget 1300 words in 90 days…” Continue reading
I’m nearly a week into studying Chinese, and I still haven’t settled into a rhythm. However, my study routine is slowly crystallizing as I find the most fun and efficient ways of studying. Continue reading
I exceeded expectations in some ways on day 1 but missed the mark in others. Still, not a bad start. I won’t be writing a journal here every day because 1. I’m not interesting enough to do so 2. I won’t have the time, but day 1 deserves its own entry. Continue reading
Starting today, I will be embarking on an intense journey to learn Chinese. This initial plan is probably too ambitious and vague. Certainly, it is a bit hazy beyond the first month. But plans can change. Let this document guide me as I begin my impossible journey. Continue reading
A month ago, a local language school was having a sale on old books. It was on my daily commute, so I decided to pop in. Leafing through the materials, I decided, on a whim, that I was going to learn Chinese. Continue reading