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Challenge 2: Reading and writing level up! - IN PROGRESS

  • handwriting and typing all HSK3 600 characters in 1 month :) -> target speed of 40 characters per minute
  • and reading well, to read an HSK 3 book by month end -> target speed of 40 characters per minute

Challenge 1: HSK 0 to 3 exam - COMPLETE

  • Starting from scratch Getting to HSK 3 in the fastest time possible with a job and life :)

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tsitsi

Day 20: some recovery


Reading and Writing

2hr 20 reading on du chinese, it gets easier as I go :)

Love my hsk 1 writing book, it stats with easier characters so been smooth sailing so far now at char 58 :)

 

tsitsi

Day 5 to 19: Houston we have a problem...


Reading and Writing

First it was camp, I did spend 30 minutes reading out there in the bundu on the du app... that's something

Then I cam back and I just could not figure out where to begin

Then a week passed...

Then I printed the first 200 characters from a frequency list -> so many new words spent some time on the first 30 or so

Then I read from Du a bit

Then I thought maybe a need a copy book, so went on Amazon and ordered a few... they arrived yesterday, So spent time on 1 characters...

 

To say I am behind is an understatement. Basically wasted half a month. Lets see what I can salvage in the last few days

 

Total Time spent

Reading: 1 hour 30 min

Writing: 1 hour 25min

 

Characters I can write approx 30

tsitsi

Day 3 and 4: Weekend of nothing


Reading and Writing

Well not quite nothing, I practiced one character that counts right? We are off camping tomorrow so I will take my study material with me... just not sure how much will get done over the next three days with minions in tow. Maybe I should find the characters for marshmallows and smores and write those 😜

tsitsi

Day 2: Reading what..?


Reading and Writing

Not a bad day overall spent two hours copying script on my tablet... and then tried form memory... much harder then but we shall persevere!

tsitsi

Reading and Writing
So to get going again I am starting a new challenge. I've had a 3 week break so it's time to consolidate and build up areas that I did not focus on before. I will also be beginning Korean this month but real slow. I know my target speeds are ambitious... but that's what makes it a challenge
Challenge 2: Reading and writing level up!
handwriting and typing all HSK3 600 characters in 1 month -> target speed of 40 characters per minute and reading well, to read an HSK 3 book by month end -> target speed of 40 characters per minute  
Today I was gathering materials and making a game plan.
Found tons of writing practice PDF's work on minimum 20 characters a day, writing, typing I will finish the HSK 3 course on coursera. I will work on Hello Chinese again, use sticky study ever so often to keep my vocab. My English typing is slow so I'll be training to touch type as well, else I'll never get to typing 40 chars a minute I'm going through character book reviews to see if I'll like to use any of them I will use learning with texts - I'll use a lot of songs I've come to love and poetry and idioms, yes this will be extra vocab that I don't know but I enjoy the material more so... I will use new reading sites e.g. little fox, chairmans bao, duchinese, dong chinese join the tadoku reading challenge also add anki sentences into the mix  
Worked on the first 20 characters.
tsitsi
Today 3 hours.
Total time put into prep = 96 hours over 32 days (had 5 lazy days)
 
So I put it an hour of vocab and another 2 hours of Revision videos, but was totally finished.
HSK 2 went well but was slow for some reason in the reading section so I missed three questions
HSK 3 ... well let's just say I was examined... and found wanting.
 
Results are out in 10 days time.. as for today, sleep!
 
I can safely as the first challenge HSK 1 in 40 hours was met and is easy and doable
The upgraded challenge of HSK2 in 80 hours (cumulative) I'm sure was met,.. I'll know in 10 days.
 I had hoped to have more than 120 hours towards HSK 3 but we'll see what 96 hours brings. 
tsitsi

HSK
Day 1. 29 April - 5 hours 30 minutes
 
So I read somewhere that HSK 1 can be done in 40 hours... so I decided ok lets try that then.
 
I have minimal learning exposure -I did some Yoyo Chinese pinyin about a year ago, and one coursera lesson when i decided to learn guzheng. But 40 hours is doable so hey why not.
 
On the other hand I have a lot of hours... thousands... under my belt of Chinese drama. Thing is I watch it usually at 2x speed so cant pick out a lot of individual words... I may have to slow hat down now sigh.
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At 4pm I started research spent about 90 minutes looking for resources, and figuring out what was required for HSK 1 Joined discord servers, reddit groups etc Collected pdf's for practice set a game plan and updated my notion OS for learning the langauge, with resource links set up a new browser learning centre downloaded an app to use to track my time 45 minutes -> I then tested my vocab using an HSK list (got the numbers right and 15 other characters) - and attempted a mock HSK paper -> score 35 90 minutes -> Worked through a few chapters of 3 coursera courses 90 minutes -> Downloaded ton of apps to try out, and used all.. have 8 good ones left, deleted the rest  
Day 2. 30 April
Spent 4 hours on coursera...
 
Day 3. 1 May
40 minutes on coursera 15 minutes -> downlaoded anki did some vocab  
Day 4. 2 May
47 minutes on coursera  15 minutes writing practice 15 minutes vocab app  
Day 5. 3 May
Nothing
 
Day 6. 4 May
Nothing
 
Day 7. 5 May
30 minutes on vocab apps and Hello Chinese  
Tried to register for exam   No luck seems home based is only in June... such a bummer  But still could not register for that either.. finally got hold of CI and they said the site is down for  now... so will retry in a couple of days time.
tsitsi
Today: 6 hours 15min
 
I had to take a step back and reassess, the HSK 3 vocab is just not getting in... the same words I just cant remember, so I took an HSK 2 mock test passed but not aced, so focused on HSK 2 today. Completed the Coursera course for HSK 2 and I feel more confident. Will go back to HSK 3 tomorrow, after a couple more HSK 2 mocks. HSK three is gonna just be for fun LOL aiming for 40% right now!!!
Lol work and sleep has taken a back seat. It's OK I'll sleep on Sunday.
 
Vocab 3 hours, revision of 1 and 2 and a few more words in 3 Coursera course 2 hours Mock tests 1 hour 15 Aced HSK1; HSK 2 got 86/100 and 64/100
tsitsi

HSK
Today:
YT course 1 hours 20min Vocab drilling 3 hours 10 minutes Life was till busy but managed to make strides! Got my vocab up to 50% of HSK 3 lets hope the trend continues, may yet pass 3 if only barely. Need to do HSK 2 mocks tomorrow though, and practice using the test app.
tsitsi

HSK
30 min Today
 
I don't know how but I lost tons to time to day, PC setup and life... only spent about 30minutes on YouTube Listening... nowhere near what I should and did not even manage to do a single mock yet I had hoped to do 4 today
30 min YouTube HSK 3 course
tsitsi

HSK
Today: 5 hours 35
Ok so I tweaked my learning targets/plan a bit, because my exam centre said we can have a mock this Sunday... that's 3 days away... so I figured for me to do any justice to the level 3 test let me try get as much HSK 3 vocab in. So that's the plan try learn all words by the weekend... So I sped through the rest of the Hello Chinese Old tree! DONE, and hoping to get to 50% hsk3 words...
 
2 hours 45 Hello chinese. Tree complete in   2 hour Vocab, > up to 28% on hsk 3 -> hitting a block with some of the words now, so thinking of doing hsk course 3 on coursera or YouTube so some of the words are in context ad thus easier to learn. 50 minutes coursera -> completed hsk 1

tsitsi
Today: 5 hours 15 min
So I am definitely in the vocab zone, upgraded my HSK2 vocab from 85% to 100% today and started on HSK 3 and up 5%. That's more than 35 words gained today!!! 
Was too lazy to do a mock test though... Using work breaks for Hello Chinese def helped coz then only had to find time for vocab and coursera before bed and so may actually sleep early today  I also found a new reading site, Mandarin Bean, and will begin adding a few minutes of that in
 
2 hours 15 Hello chinese. Did 7 lessons, 12 to go. I've decided to leave review to after I complete the tree. 2 hours 15 Vocab, completed two now on to three 30 minutes coursera  15 minutes Reading and listening on Mandarin Bean  


tsitsi

HSK
I know a rest day when the exams are less that two weeks away...  It was  glorious day and I spent it in the garden... Levelled some ground, created new flower beds, mowed and weeded the lawn!!! just no chinese... well 2 min of Hello Chinese to not lose my streak and some dram before bed. I was supposed to do mock exams today but was too tired  so will do those tomorrow since it's a public holiday
tsitsi

HSK
Today: 5 hours 45 min
Needed to play catch-up and boy did I ever!!!
3 hours 15min-> Doubled down on Hello Chinese am trying to finish the old tree in the next 4 days. Worked on 1000 points today 2 hours 30 min -> Doubled down on drilling vocab as well, got 100% on HSK one and moved my HSK 2 vocab from 10% to 50%, need it to be 100% as well in 2 days. So I was thinking of cancelling my HSK 3 booking but the payment was received before I could, so I took it as serendipity -(or stupidity, only future me will know) So the aim now is get all my vocab for HSK 2 down, then slowly add HSK 3 hoping to get half of he word in. Slowly work on some grammar coz that will def be needed for HSK 3. So I'm dropping writing totally and not focusing too much on speech either. Main focus is getting my reading as close to perfect as possible, listening with precision and figuring out sentence structure. That way I'll pass the exams... but will need to go back in future to get the speech and writing. I reckon it may even be fun because the vocab will slot in and make learning easier. I have begun to hear some words in cdramas  but because I watch at 1.5 or 2x speed well...

tsitsi
Hours = 3
Work has been hectic busy and also been helping with my baby nephew... sleepless nights and no extra hours... so focusing just on getting that vocab in and transitioning form pinyin to get my reading better. Beginning to realise how I was relying a ton on the pinyin sigh. Better wean myself now.
 
Day 19
Hello Chinese app 30 minutes
Vocab Sticky study 1 hour
 
Day 20
Hello Chinese app 30 minutes
Vocab Sticky study 1 hour
tsitsi

HSK
I actually passed LOL
 
Here is an extensive write-up https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/61317-my-month-long-hsk-0-to-3-challenge-experience/
 
tsitsi
Todays hours -> 8 a record right there!
The day of reckoning is here. A few more hours revision, sleep, last minute cramming and the exam will be written.
 
Vocab 3 hours 10!!! Yes I got 100% on sticky study in HSK 3!!! speed is not up to par but it gives me a better chance for the reading and writing sections  I even begun some anki sentences, better late than never LOL. And managed to keep the others green with 96% and 90% accuracy, even 86% for three!!! YouTube (courses and videos and coursera vids, exam mocks, revision) -> 5 hours... yep a ton and still a few to go. I'll get halfway through the HSK 3 course I hope before the exam.  
I will tally up my hours and experiences after the exam...  or Sunday LOL we'll see


tsitsi
Today 7 hours....
I can literally feel my brain cells popping and growing new neurons and in the process becoming entangled...
 
Coursera and YouTube lessons -> 2 hours 50, wish I'd found some of these earlier...  Vocabulary : 4 hours 10 min -> fattening the calf at the dip  
Only worked when I had meetings or calls lol, about 4 hours, the rest of the time was Chinese.. Took two HSK 2 tests today did very well in one 91/100 and 92/100 later I got 82/100 and 64/100, a lot was just silly mistakes.. tired brain? sigh...
Finally got some progress in HSK 3 words, at 82% but I don't trust my memory too much, grammar points probably only have 2 lol.
I'll try take an HSK 3 mock now before bed.. see if I can get even 30%
 
Couple hours later... Done with test:-> listening not bad 75/100 , reading without pinyin dismal -> 33/100
tsitsi
Today: 5 hours 20
My progress is so slow, I can remember vocab from HSK1 and HSK2 pretty well, about 95 off the bat, but 3 is still at 50%. sigh
Practiced using the app today with and HSK1 test got 100%.If only that was three, LOL
Everything feels so scattered, and the forgetting curve is making itself known...
1 hour - YouTube  50 min Hello chinese 3hr 30 vocab
tsitsi
Today: 4 hours
So Saturday was a wash... I got all my pc parts, and decided to build it... and no it did not take the 4 hours i estimated. It took the whole day and then some... so  mandarin study, well let's see what was done...
3 hours vocab, most of it listening on YouTube videos of words, my  listening has gotten marginally better 1 hour YouTube HSK 3 course So not too bad, but def not enough...
tsitsi

HSK
Today 2 hours 40
Slow day
I'd happily stop studying right now... zhēn de!!! But I can't  I have 7 more days of cramming characters and phrases...
 
Coursera 2 hours 20, i have skipped hsk2 and went straight to 3, sometimes doing exam prep and sometimes lessons, because I'm finding 3 vocab difficult to get for some reason... I think I've hit that slow down wall. beginners energy has flailed  exponential learning has crawled to a near stop. But I'm so close... I'll make three happen somehow. 20 min Vocab and Hello chinese   
tsitsi

HSK
Today : 4 hr 20 min
 
2 hours 35 Hello chinese. Did 6 lessons, 6 to go.  1 hour Vocab, > three is going slow.... 30 minutes coursera  15 minutes Reading and listening on Mandarin Bean

tsitsi

HSK
Cumulative time thus far: 52
Today: 5 hours
So I created a new plan for the next 12 days before the exams... let's see how long I stick to it... it's now countdown mode so I will be doing more mock tests, and trying to read as much as possible. Work is still going to be a priority so I am going to just cram all my breaks with mandarin to try have a minimum of 4 hours a day
 
Testing -> 2.5 hours Vocab test first, 
HSK 1 - Characters = 143, Pinyin = 144  HSK 2 - Characters = 102, Pinyin = 114 HSK 3 - Characters = 19, Pinyin = 33 HSK2 Mock test - much better
got 91/130 for listening the pictures aid quite a bit got 44/100 for reading...still a ways to go, I recognised more words, just not sure of meanings in the combinations given... Vocab drilling -> 1hr Hello Chinese -> 1.5hr


tsitsi

HSK
Today: 2 hours 30 min
 
1 hours 10min-> More Hello Chinese slower today bust still progress. 1 hours 20 min -> Vocab is going alright, got up to 70% in HSK2 from 50% I need to cement hsk2 to start on 3 though... do I need a new game plan? LOL I  change my game plan every two days...
tsitsi

HSK
... can put you to sleep....
Well that's what happened to me, 30 min in or so. I just drifted away. Guess I was bushed.
 
Time ca~ 30 min
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