Woodford Posted May 5, 2021 at 02:31 AM Report Share Posted May 5, 2021 at 02:31 AM With the year about 1/3 over, I have read a couple of books and have reached over 16,000 total vocabulary flash cards. My ambitious goal for 2021 was to go from 15,000 to 20,000 words, but even if I get halfway there (17,500), I'll be thrilled. My SRS flash card review is about 175 per day (rather painful), and I feel like the return on my investment is diminishing--the better I get at reading, the more slowly I improve. I feel like my listening skills are starting to mature, so I have a strong urge to lay aside reading for the summer months of June - August, stop adding to my SRS cards (which will dramatically reduce my daily review quota, perhaps from 175 to 80 or less), and spend my study time just listening. I imagine I'll be using YouTube, and I'll have a routine like the following each day: 1. Listen to a new 15-minute segment of audio without Chinese subtitles, then again with subtitles, then again without them 2. Listen to yesterday's 15-minute segment, first with subtitles, then without them 3. Listen to the 15-minute segment from two days ago, without subtitles only The whole process will take 90 minutes, which replaces the 90 minutes of reading time I have now. By September, I hope I'll have a greater ability to casually listen to Chinese podcasts as I go about my day, and I hope to start reading again with my eleventh book (Qian Zhongshu's "Fortress Besieged," which I expect to be somewhat challenging). 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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