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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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9-12/2021 Chinese Learning and App Project Goals


I set myself some goals at the beginning of this summer, and they served as a good motivating factor over the course of my vacation. I'm now replicating this pattern with the fall season and some of the winter one - setting myself goals I hope to have completed by the end of 2021. There are a total of 122 days in this block.


The goals are somewhat more relaxed as I'm entering the IB, which is supposed to be quite time-consuming. They mostly revolve around Chinese learning, though the last one (which I'd be happy to hear any feedback on!) is about building a language-learning related web app.



  • Read 300k characters of webnovel content. This summer, I read about 75% of that, so this is an achievable goal. I have no specific books to read in mind apart from the highly recommended 《许三观卖血记》and 《活着》.
  • Finish the HSK 5 course - I'm already 2/3 of the way through it thanks to progress in the summer.
  • 70 LangCorrect entries. I've been in discussion with a member of the LangCorrect team, and they'll likely either implement a calendar feature or create an API endpoint that I can use to programmatically access my journals to check whether this goal has been accomplished.
  • Shadow the entire Mandarin Bean HSK 5 library. The HSK 4 "episodes" - though really more like short articles with audio - are about 120 in number, so at my current rate of 3 a day (just finished the HSK 4 library today), this shouldn't be a problem.
  • This one's harder to keep track of: at least 3 hours of audiovisual immersion a week (including XYY). This means Mandarin Corner, Douyin, and dramas in Chinese. This goal is only for after I finish HSK 5.


  • (Coding Project) - release at least a beta version of the website I've been working on to help language learners. In a nutshell, it's Goodreads for language learners - a place where learners can track, rate, and get recommendations for books - but taking into account book difficulty (crowdsourced by users) and language, not just genre. Apart from this, I'm planning on implementing book charts, reading stats, book clubs, etc.
  • (cont.) Really excited about this, since I think it will solve a problem that I've personally been encountering - finding both comprehensible and interesting books - as well as motivating users to read with goals, articles, and a social aspect, among other things. If this is something that you'd like to hear more about, please let me know and I'll message you when it's done; equally, I'd love to hear ideas for how it could be made to be the most useful tool possible for fellow learners.

2021 Week 25 - Goals

  • daily LangCorrect (journaling platform where you also get corrections) to reach a hundred days!
  • 3 HSK 5 textbook + workbook chapters (but surprised by my comprehension! Thanks to the pause I took after HSK 4 and steady consumption of novels, I counted and knew 60% of the words in a "new" chapter!)
  • try to read the first book from the 笑猫日记 series. If it's manageable, move on to the second if I have time - if not, find another book to read
  • Readibu-fy 笑猫日记 so I don't spend 5 minutes just waiting for it to open each time I want to read the book (readibu is a wonderful app for reading Chinese novels and webnovels on your phone, but I need to clean up and parse the raw HTML files I have for xiao mao)
  • 3x daily MandarinBean shadowing articles
  • daily 喜羊羊  episode
  • listen to at least 4 podcasts in Chinese - and find new podcast! Suggestions needed

2021 Week 24 - Goals


This week's goals:

  • go through 3 HSK 5 chapters
  • keep up learning with novels by adding ~5 cards a day
  • keep up LangCorrect streak
  • 5+ XYY episodes
  • finish 《小布头奇遇记》
  • read aloud at least three chapters of the above on a Discord server I'm in
  • podcast episodes in Chinese daily on dog walks

2021 Week 23 - Goals


These are my goals for this week:

  • finish 《宝葫芦的秘密》, continue listening w/ audio - such a fun way to learn
  • get 1/3 of the way through 《小布头奇遇记》 - read at least a couple chapters of the above aloud
  • start summer study plan on Friday when school lets out
  • listen to 5+ xiyangyang episodes
  • 3x/day shadowing HSK reading or Mandarin Bean stories

2021 Week 22 - Goals


Let's get started! This is my first goals blog entry - what I hope to accomplish this week. On Sunday, I'll take a look back to see how I've done, and also detail how I spent my time learning this week.


This week's goals:

  • Solidify summer Mandarin study plan - I have an extended summer holiday coming up in just under two weeks, and would like to dedicate it to Chinese. I'll create a special post just for this on the blog as well
  • Finish reading 《直到花豆煮熟 》- currently about halfway through
  • Get 3/4 of the way through 《宝葫芦的秘密》

  • Read another Sinolingua 1k unique words graded reader, while listening to the audio. Try to shadow a few of the chapters

  • Keep up daily LangCorrect journal entries, Anki sentence flashcards, Pleco novel + HSK flashcards, and handwriting flashcards

  • Watch at least 4 xiyangyang episodes

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