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I'm starting this blog because sometimes I feel like saying something about (my) Chinese learning that isn't really worth a forum post or is not a question. Somewhere to document my progress. It has been just about exactly a year now of consistent work, so I'm interested to see where my 普通话 is next New Year's holiday. I will try to use this space to post some interesting things I find along the climb!

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100 LTL Flexi classes done


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I just completed all of HSK 4 and 4+ Flexi classes on LTL. 100 classes total, I did them all in about 3.5 months, basically a class a day almost every day. It was somewhat review, as I have already taken and passed the HSK 4, but I wanted some extra speaking practice with limited new vocab. I'd say LTL runs a little harder than the HSK levels though, and I ended up adding at least 400 words to my SRS from those classes. I left a lot of words on the table for later as well. It was good speaking and listening practice with many different teachers, some I liked a lot and a few I didn't care for. Buying 100 classes comes out to exactly 8 usd per 1hr class, and you have six months to use the credits. Pretty hard to beat the price. The pdfs that accompany each lesson are excellent and do not really really follow the HSK format too closely. Lots of lessons on technology , "modern" and interesting topics. The "Free Speaking" classes need to be re-worked in my opinion though. Overall it was well worth it. Now, as I start working on HSK 5, I will go it on my own for a while and may do the LTL HSK 5/5+ flexi classes down the road.

 

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Intermediate Spoken Chinese - Kubler


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I've spent 10 days reviewing all the audio drills and role plays in the Basic book. Now time to start the Intermediate book, which feels Hsk 4-5 ish to me. Last night while I was doing the last of the Basic book's role plays (by myself, out loud) my wife came over and peered at the screen. She was very surprised to see that what I was speaking aloud was actually a role-play written in English. She thought I was reading a conversation written in Chinese from a book, and said that my translations sounded really good. She is not one to hand out empty compliments either. I also found that after all the drills, it is very easy to translate the English in the role plays and feels very natural. So I'm psyched to get going on the intermediate! 

 

My game plan is to do the book on my own, one 课文 a day, around 5 days a week. I am also doing other stuff simultaneously ie. graded readers, listening, classes, so I can't do more than one 课文 a day. Each 课文 will entail a number of steps:

 

1. Listen to the conversation

2. Listen and repeat the audio 生词 and sentence build ups

3. Read the notes and grammar explanations

4. Do the Substitution drill - book open

5. Do the substitution drill at least 2 more times- book closed 

6. Do the Transformation drills in the same manner (ie. at least 3 times)

7. Do the Role Plays out loud playing both characters, repeat until smooth, repeat again following day as a warm up to the next 课文

8. Do the Listening Comprehension exercises

9. Do the Translation exercises

 

From Intermediate Spoken Chinese:

 

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(edit) Tues Sept. 5th:

 

After having gone through 2 课文 I've decided to split it each 课文 over 2 days , like this:

 

Day 1:

1. Listen to the conversation

2. Listen and repeat the audio 生词 and sentence build ups

3. Read the notes and grammar explanations

4. Do the Substitution drills - book open

5. Do the Transformation drills - book open

 

Day 2:

1. Do the Substitution drill - book closed (until mastered)

6. Do the Transformation drills - book closed (until mastered)

7. Do the Role Plays out loud playing both characters, repeat until smooth (repeat again following day as a warm up to the next 课文)

8. Do the Listening Comprehension exercises

9. Do the Translation exercises

 

Which means I'll be spending some time with it, and doing the audio drills at least 6 days a week.

 

 

(edit)  Sept. 13th:

 

Took longer than I expected to get the drills and role plays somewhat smooth. Just finished the first Unit of Intermediate (unit 11), which took me around 10 days.

 

 

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你为什么做这个挑战? Why did you do this challenge?


speaking

练习口语的问题挑战,第30天,最后一个问题。
30 day speaking challenge, Day 30,the last question. 

 

https://youtu.be/bn4kqzRFFYI

 

Well, that was a real pain in the ass to do that video every night. But it was worth doing.

 

1) It forced me to listen to my own voice every day for a month.

2) I got a lot of constructive feedback and corrections on my WeChat channel from native speakers.

3) It made me to review vocab or learn new words to answer the questions.

 

My next project will be a month long video diary, but I won't publish it, I will just send them to an italki teacher for correction.

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练习中文口语挑战:第八天
30 days speaking practice:Day 8

 

https://youtube.com/shorts/NuuYPXs6-mQ?feature=share

 

So far this has been an excellent practice activity. Honestly, it's hard to film myself speaking and every evening I'd rather not do it. However, every time after it's done, I'm glad I 坚持. I practice it several times, I try to put in some grammar that I don't use enough,  try to push myself to go faster, it's good exercise. I've had some corrections and feedback from native speakers on WeChat. Will definitely carry this out for 30 days.

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