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I'll be writing down goals here, with a timeframe, and then reflecting on them when that time has passed - noting down progress made, what I've learned, etc.


I plan to use this as a platform to track my progress and place to discuss studying strategies with other learners, but any comments are welcome!

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2021 Week 24 - Reflections


A bit behind on reflections, I'll just make sure to post them sometime on the weekend.

  • On track with summer study plan HSK 5-wise, three chapters down. Surprised by how much of it I already know!
  • Making my way through high-frequency novel flashcards
  • LangCorrect streak still unbroken... coming up to 100 straight days between LC and Journaly this week!
  • an XYY episode a day to keep Chinese amnesia at bay
  • finished 《小布头奇遇记》! longest single book I've ever read at 60k characters! It was really rewarding, and so easy towards the end - noticed I was reading extensively at above 98% comprehension!
  • Read aloud 3 or so chapters of the above to myself
  • [F] Only half the dog walk days were podcast days. Running out of episodes for the podcast I'm listening to now (Maomi Chinese), and it's getting pretty easy now that I'm going through HSK 5 and high-frequency novel words. Any suggestions for other free podcasts in Chinese at the Intermediate level? Preferably mostly in Chinese about various topics, not discussing Chinese or breaking down a quick dialogue in English.

2021 Week 23 - Reflections



  • finished 《宝葫芦的秘密》
  • got 35% of the way through 《小布头奇遇记》 and read 3 chapters of the above aloud
  • started summer study plan seeing as school has ended
  • listen to exactly 5 xiyangyang episodes
  • 3x/day shadowing HSK reading or Mandarin Bean stories

2021 Week 22 - Reflections


Let's take a look at my goals and how I spent my time.



Made my summer study plan, detailing how I'd break up my time. Goal is all HSK 5 vocab and then leaving HSK to continue learning with webnovels

✓ Finished 《直到花豆煮熟》

✓ 70% through with the longest-yet 《宝葫芦的秘密 》

✓ Read another one of SinoLingua's graded readers

✓ Kept up daily LangCorrect

✓ 4 xiyangyang episodes


Rough Time Breakdown

  • 15 - 20 minutes daily spent on Anki (SpoonfedChinese deck)
  • ~15 mins/day spent writing my daily LangCorrect entries
  • Roughly an hour a day spent reading easy children's novels with Readibu
  • Roughly 45 mins/day spent on Pleco - tones + handwriting + novels flashcards
  • 10 mins daily - miscellaneous reading sites, shadowing practice, etc.
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  • An hour this week speaking and listening on WeChat; language exchange
  • Two hours this week of Chinese lessons
  • An hour and a half or so this week spent reading graded readers
  • A couple hours spent building my summer study plan, looking into more advanced graded readers, and researching Chinese grammar points, etc.
  • About an hour spent watchings simple children's cartoons
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