Today heralds the day I create my first ever blog. I have decided to log my experiences of attempting to learn Mandarin Chinese through various different methods and at times simultaneously. Please bear with me while I get to grips with this whole blogging experience, its all new to me. I welcome all comments.
I am lucky enough to be working full time so getting the time to study requires a lot of structure after work and some very late nights...yawn....! I have to say for me I really enjoy leaning Chinese but sometimes get extremely frustrated with how easy one can lapse particularly with character recognition, stroke order, sentence structure, grammar etc., it really only takes a few days of a break to fall behind... . characters you have spent hours practising can just vanish from your memory bank...and unfortunately they don't come flooding back.
Therefore, as an added incentive to increase my character recognition I have decided to take on Olle Linges Chinese Character Challenge over on Hacking Chinese.
I attend a night course at a local University which has an accredited Certificate which is a great driving force to make you commit. I really enjoy it.
It's primarily based on the New Practical Chinese Reader series. The textbooks and workbooks are excellent at introducing you to sentence patterns, new words etc. I would highly recommend this series even if you were doing it on you're own. The textbooks and workbooks are found on many online sources like amazon etc at a good price and come with an Audio CD. I have also flirted on and off with various online leaning sites i.e. Chinesepod, Busuu and so many more over the last 2 years. While I found them great I also felt I needed a little more structure like a University course that I could actually attend in person and interact with people.
Anyway that's just a start to the blog ....lets see how things progress!