I was happy with my retention of characters and sentence patterns since the Christmas break. I was also really glad to be getting back into the whole structured learning process. It's starting to hot up now with classes twice a week and I am experimenting more and more particularly at learning to write new characters. I am still taking on the challenge I set up on Skritter as talked about on an earlier blog so its all go. I forgot to mention about me using the fabulous Anki flashcard app on my phone whenever I get a spare few minutes, in bed usually just before I go out to graze for the night. I really love this app. I am you could say in complete Mandarin overload....but its all good . 这是真好!
I also bought a game for my phone. What the hell was I thinking. I am a person with a compulsive addiction disorder, so maybe, just maybe this wasn't such a good idea, however, I have what you would call a control measure in place. It's called a HTC battery :-) The game is called Mandarin Madness and its pretty cool, lots of fun and it's surprisingly quite addictive. It has some pretty good content and I was amazed at the amount of material contained within the game. It's not going to revolutionise the learning process but I would definitely recommend it as a good acquisition for any language learners who enjoy games.
Back to the serious stuff. This is what's on the agenda -
- Skritter list to complete before end of week.
- Revision of class material.
- 2 x 3 hour evening classes every week.
- Revise new characters and grammar learned in class.
- Play a few games....its still learning right?
- Anki flashcard revision for around 20 minutes a day, usually before I go to bed and based on New Practical Chinese course content.
I was also thinking of sneaking a few Chinese Pod pod-casts in on the way to and from work (20 minutes). This is my idea of some light entertainment. I live a very sad an uneventful life but who wouldn't love those quirky podcasts of old with Ken and Jenny. Ken is some chancer.....an Irishman being fluent in Chinese, what next, a Chinese man becoming fluent in Irish? see below. However, and I'm not afraid to admit it....but...ahem.....I am quite enjoying my wife's Bruno Mars CD :) so I might skip the pod-casts for now.
I will continue to do this after a hectic day at the office......oh yeah, did I mention I have a young family as well. It's a good job I only sleep around 6 hours a night. That's just the reality of a part time language learner and full time father.
As they say - 加油