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  1. How about a suggestion from way out in left field... I read quite a bit, as it's the only exposure I have to Chinese, other than YouTube, etc. But unlike most of the readers here, I'm not that interested in novels. I get a big enough jolt of angst from daily life. So a year or so ago, when the lockdowns and work at home requirements started to put a crimp in life hereabouts, I looked for something to read. My search coincided with the Chinese Moon launches, and I began to follow things in the newspapers, about both Chinese and Japanese space achievements, which were tak
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  2. I'm Dutch and no we don't. We learn it in school, tv is additional material. I'm sure it helps and I absolutely recommend anyone studying a language to watch tv in that language, but one doesn't learn a language just from tv. Also, Chinese is a lot more different from European languages than English is. Watching an English show (or Swedish, or Spanish, or Polish) one can pick up a halfway familiar word here and there and the grammar is not completely alien. For Chinese, this won't work. ETA: We had a forum member a few years ago who tried learning Chinese just from film
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  3. One of my favourite methods in an arsenal of many I once did a lesson with this guy on youtube, for Polish to see it in action and I still remember 'Co to jest? To jest banan. To jest jablko'. It stuck just from the one lesson, so yes definitely works LOL. I find the different ways people learn fascinating. It always leads me down a research rabbit hole Here are some methods you can explore as ways people learn languages. Language acquisition theories and Second Language acquisition methods and theories are all fascinating I made these notes from a redditor way back when but th
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  4. Note that children take years to get to a halfway decent level, and they are constantly surrounded by people who lovingly practice with them for hours every day. As to your examples, Swedish and German children learn English in school, the English they hear on tv (subtitled in Swedish, in Sweden) is just additional input. The kid in France was probably not only watching tv but also going to school, where he interacted with the teacher and children their own age. So yes, watching tv and series is a good way to reinforce things you have learned and occasionally pick up new things, but as a main
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  5. @Jan Finster. This may like the ultimate weasel-out, but I just looked up a half dozen of the books I bought on Amazon, and they're almost all listed as 'no longer available.' This takes the picture of the book and information about it off the site. I'll look for a few others, but I'm afraid I'm a pretty good scavenger. I got most of the low-hanging fruit on an easy site like Amazon in rocket science. And Amazon is the most accessible for most people here. I've only left upper level books still available. But after shooting my mouth off, I gotta face the music, and teach you how
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  6. Some Taiwanese podcasts specifically for Chinese learners (roughly ordered by difficulty): Inspire Mandarin https://inspiremandarin.com transcripts: no very beginner friendly Learn Taiwanese Mandarin https://lear-taiwanese-mandarin.webnode.tw/ transcripts: yes beginner friendly Talk Taiwanese Mandarin with Abby https://talktaiwanesemandarin.com/ transcripts: yes Mandarin with Miss Lin https://www.patreon.com/MandarinWithMissLin
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  7. Yes, Scandinavian and Dutch children learn English mostly through non-dubbed TV, but I do not think you can realistically replicate this as an adult. Please bear in mind, it takes them many, many years to learn English and the average children have a better brain and more time available. My niece literally watched the same Youtube clip with a children's song at least 50 times ("Jan, let us watch it again...". Ooookay...🙈😅). She was mesmerized. When I was a teenager, I could watch "Enter the Dragon" 10 times in 3 weeks. No problem. Now, I can no longer subject myself to this. I believe, there
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  8. In case you still decide to reply to this: could you give us a list of books/texts/links you used for the "rocket science" example you mentioned. I believe this would help people understand your interesting concept better.
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  9. Hello everyone I watched a video on YouTube (can find the link below) created by Jeff Brown, A full-time Spanish professor in the US and a Polyglot of 5+ languages. It discusses the "right" or perhaps most effective way to pickup a language - acquiring it. in the hourlong video he describes in detail The Natural Approach (acquiring a language like a baby, and not learning it - he emphasizes the difference) and TPR (I forget what it stands for, but had a lot to do with reading and listening to stories) I've never personally used this approach to study, I've always done a more tra
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  10. I agree with others to give extensive reading another go. Think of it as doing hundreds of flashcards a minute, with hard feedback about whether or not you actually, really, truly know a word (if you need to look it up, even if it's just to check if you were right, you don't know the word). Drop down to the easiest level possible that is interesting enough for you to bear, but easy enough that you don't need to look up much (if anything). Except that it sounds like you're not at the point where you are capable of reading free native content. I mean, yes you can study it and u
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  11. Sounds like we are at about the same level. I'd say you can't really read enough but I do recognize the notion of "running out of steam". I don't think reading is that "passive" after all. Although my reading is currently mostly novels at around the same level as you (95% comprehension level or so). I don't really stay and dwell on words or characters that I can't read, but is never the less tiring and doesn't really take me into a flow state. Still I would say that reading more than anything lays the foundation for any language so if you want to improve, then you can't
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  12. I think reading "intensively" for more than one hour per day is really tough. Very likely you will run out of steam if you try. You could definitely read extensively for several hours per day on e.g. TheChairMansBao (HSK 1-3), if you do not mind non-fiction content. Otherwise, try graded readers.
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  13. I'm unsure whether 行李 was ever rendered as 行理, only info I found is that the two are etymologically related. Sorry if this is a confusing distinction. To say whether the word 行李 was ever written 行理, you would need to find an instance of the written form 行理 where the contemporary meaning of the word which 行李 represents had developed, but it wasn't rendered with the two characters 行李. It may be the case that the word 行李 has never been written with the characters 行理, but only the original word 行理, which holds an etymologically related meaning. Does that make any sense? It'
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  14. Ten years on and off with loads of long breaks of no studying at all. In the beginning I did loads of the (free) ChinesePod. Then I guess I floundered a with native content for a long time, not really sure of where to find the right stuff. Working through 家有儿女, some random textbooks, LinQ's content, and I can't remember what else, I sort of brute forced through that phase with the help of Anki and rote vocab learning. Recently I've gotten to a point where I'm reading news and novels without too much hassle so it's made mass input a lot more fun. I've been reading throu
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