What Mistakes I Made In Language Learning (Chinese)

When learning a language for the first time, mistakes in your methods seem inevitable, after all you don't know where to start, and even when you follow good advice from people who have become fluent, it's still possible to make mistakes and mess things up. So that's why I'd like to talk about my mistakes … Continue reading What Mistakes I Made In Language Learning (Chinese)

The HSK3 Exam Process Has Some Problems

On Saturday I took the HSK3 exam at my university after 9 months of studying the language. Normally I discuss my general thoughts on the HSK exam itself - difficulty, studying for it, difference between previous HSK's and etc however before that post is released I would like to discuss something different, the exam process … Continue reading The HSK3 Exam Process Has Some Problems

The Tragedy of Memrise Removing Decks

For those who don't know Memrise is a very useful tool for free education of language learning. It's a spaced repition software which helps you learn words by exposing you to them over long periods of time, helping them to stick in your long term memory. It's actually very useful. When Memrise made their change … Continue reading The Tragedy of Memrise Removing Decks

From HSK2 to HSK3 – Thoughts on HSK, And The Different Methods of Language Learning

On December 1st I took my HSK2 exam after roughly six months of preparation, I knew beforehand that I would pass, as even months before that I found that I could pass the HSK2 exam, and I had only learned more since then. My test results came back, so how did I do? Well pretty … Continue reading From HSK2 to HSK3 – Thoughts on HSK, And The Different Methods of Language Learning

How I’m Learning Chinese At University

With university going on you have to ask the question, how are you able to keep up with learning Chinese when your so busy? The first thing I have to say is that you do have to prioritise. I have sacrificed my free time in order to learn. When I am not eating, cooking, studying, … Continue reading How I’m Learning Chinese At University

Why I Bought Memrise Premium

Memrise premium is something that is advertised to you a lot whenever you complete your daily target, you always get a 20% discount off. But is it worth it? The short answer is no, yet I bought it anyway. Why? I feel like free education is a good thing. And memrise has helped me so … Continue reading Why I Bought Memrise Premium

Mandarin Is Really Difficult

I don't know if I'll release this, but I just want to write about the difficulties of mandarin. Because I'm stressed about it right now, which is something I haven't felt ever towards language learning. Before this the most primary difficulty was with Japanese, which I found fun at first but just became a problem. … Continue reading Mandarin Is Really Difficult

Testing Immersion For Language Learning

I've never really been a fan of the tactic of immersion for language learning, that by simply watching media in the language your learning you will pick up on it and start to understand the language better. Granted this includes taking notes and things like that. So today what I'm going to do is what … Continue reading Testing Immersion For Language Learning

Methods For Language Learning

You can't learn a language fast without a good method. So what methods have helped me that could also help you? I'll start with the most obvious, so feel free to skip if you already use techniques already. Also please comment with tips if I didn't include anything that you do already! Flashcards An easy … Continue reading Methods For Language Learning

Advice For Staying Motivated For Language Learning

I'd argue that the most difficult thing about learning a language, is not the grammar, nor the words, but finding the motivation to learn it day after day. It can be difficult, and I don't want to claim that I'm perfect when it comes to learning my second language, it's just that these things help … Continue reading Advice For Staying Motivated For Language Learning

HelloTalk Review – Find Language Partners Easily!

I had heard of this for a while but never really considered using it until recently. I thought that there was no harm in checking it out so I did! What I found was surprisingly great. HelloTalk is a way to find language partners without meeting them in person, it's genuinely as simple as saying … Continue reading HelloTalk Review – Find Language Partners Easily!

Spaced Repetition – Language Learning

When learning a language one of the challenges you face is learning vocabulary, and a lot of it. So how do you learn so much so quickly? Well SRS or spaced repetition systems are the answer. But what are they, and why are they useful? Here is a graph to demonstrate When you learn new … Continue reading Spaced Repetition – Language Learning

How To Use Memrise Effectively – Or How I Learned Three Hundred and Four Words in Three Weeks (at least)

I don't know if 304 words sounds like a lot for three weeks, after-all 14-15 words a day sounds doable. However I must also specify that this was alongside a lot of grammar study and hanzi memorisation. As well as that, this only accounts for words used by memrise, I didn't actually use it very … Continue reading How To Use Memrise Effectively – Or How I Learned Three Hundred and Four Words in Three Weeks (at least)

Learning Chinese Update: Why I Purposely Broke My 61 Day Language Learning Streak on Duolingo

A while ago I announced that I was going to learn Chinese, and I also did a review of Duolingo's Chinese course praising it a lot. So consider this a part two to both of those posts. Duolingo is great for getting you through the door, getting you into the routine of things, and making … Continue reading Learning Chinese Update: Why I Purposely Broke My 61 Day Language Learning Streak on Duolingo

My Ridiculously High Language Learning Target

Well now that I've explained the first ridiculously high target I've set myself over the summer - it's time for the next one! This one is a little bit absurd and is going to sound crazy until I explain it, and even then it'll still sound outrageous. So here's the commitment - by the end … Continue reading My Ridiculously High Language Learning Target

Duolingo Review – It’s Pretty Great!

As you all know, I am avid anime watcher, and am generally quite interested in Japan, and the Japanese language. So naturally instead of using Duolingo for Japanese, I tried it with Chinese. Here are my thoughts. Duolingo is pretty great, because normally I would have given up by now, but I'm still at it. … Continue reading Duolingo Review – It’s Pretty Great!