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One minute of speaking 说一分钟


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The project I am starting now (inspired by Imron's  https://www.chinesethehardway.com/article/train-what-you-want-to-learn/  ) is to record myself speaking about a topic freely - no reading, no stopping/starting Audacity and no editing out mistakes. I may record several times to listen for mistakes i can catch myself and trying to improve on it, choosing the best of the lot to post. I will try first to speak for one minute and gradually increase it. My aim is to improve my fluency, speed, pronunciation, grammar and vocab speaking about a topic. That being, for me, the most difficult aspect of learning Chinese.

 

I am going to post these on my blog to motivate me to keep doing this activity and maybe get some useful feedback as well.  Although I realize listening to a Lower Intermediate level 老外 is not a joy - feel free to listen if you feel like it and give any kind of feedback if you like.

 

Here goes, topic #1 慢跑 / Jogging

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not bad, grammar and tones overall correct, just 2 suggestions

 

1) you used 所以 once as the English 'so' to start your sentence/introduce a new idea. 所以 is not used this way. Here you could use. 那 or 那么

 

2) the first few 慢跑 pronunciations were on point, but the ones after started to fall off. Keep that third tone strong! 

 

I do readings a few times a week in my lang exchange we chat group. I'll read a few passages and get corrections from Chinese members in exchange for English pronunciation help. If you want in, pm me 👍

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On 6/11/2020 at 9:47 AM, Tomsima said:

great tones, my wife also heard me listening and said your tones are on point!

Thanks that's great to hear and a nice confidence boost!

 

On 6/12/2020 at 5:27 PM, 歐博思 said:

Just put 'playback speed' on x5 and you'll be very very on point!

I agree totally. I speak Chinese way to slow. Thats part of my goal doing this is to try and get me speed increased and more natural. I doubt I'll hit 5x, but 1.5x is the goal for now.

 

24 minutes ago, 道艺黄帝 said:

Here you could use. 那 or 那么

Nice

 

24 minutes ago, 道艺黄帝 said:

2) the first few 慢跑 pronunciations were on point, but the ones after started to fall off. Keep that third tone strong! 

 

I do readings a few times a week in my lang exchange we chat group. I'll read a few passages and get corrections from Chinese members in exchange for English pronunciation help. If you want in, pm me 👍

Cheers I'll review that. I might be interested in the caht group. I'll pm you later.

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只要一双运动鞋就可以了, the tone of 可以 here is the worst part in the whole record. You need to practice more "changing 3rd tone" samples.

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