Yesterday, LingQ had a huge interface update which changed a lot of things, and I was really excited to talk about some of the changes that were made to the site. Considering LingQ is something that I use everyday without fail, I feel this update impacts me a lot, and therefore am a good authority … Continue reading LingQ Update – First Impressions
Immersion has proven to be the most effective way to learn a language, however doing it from ground zero is definitely not easy. When I first started learning mandarin it took me about a year before I could give up flashcards and material for language learners and just immerse with content made by natives, for … Continue reading Mandarin Immersion Guide for Beginners
What is the problem with phone companies? Why do they, unlike every single other person in the world say 'OK' instead of 'ok' . No autocorrect is needed to fix the word 'ok', everything is fine. There is however many major problems with the word 'OK'. The first issue is that the word 'ok' is … Continue reading OK – A lesson On Language
If you spent many years studying languages in school, only to leave, look back, and realise that you don't remember anything, you are not alone. I strongly believe that this has very little to do with your skill and natural talent, and rather the methods used to teach in schools. If I told you that … Continue reading Why You Couldn’t Learn a Language in School
Since I wrote my post about the importance of immersion 6 months ago, I have learned nearly 4 thousand words, that's 2 thousand words every three months (double what I was learning when I wrote that post in the first place) - however if numbers alone don't convince you of the effectiveness of immersion, then … Continue reading Why I Can’t Stop Learning Chinese
Learning 1000 words in any language is certainly an achievement to be proud of, and on the face of it, achieving this goal is quite doable - simply learn 10 words a day or more until you reach the 1000 mark. This is definitely a challenge, but still possible if you work hard. So how … Continue reading How I Learned 1000 New Chinese Words in Three Months Without Trying!
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
If you want to see my thoughts on HSK 1 you can find that here. So it's been 20 days since then (as I write this, waiting for my 30 day challenge to finish before releasing) and in this time I have done two HSK 2 tests. I wanted to do this early so that … Continue reading Thoughts on HSK 2
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
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)
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
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
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!