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!
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
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'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!
As you know already, I have been studying Chinese seriously for just over four weeks now. While I did have lessons, they were two years ago, very basic, I didn't care about them, and I had forgotten nearly everything. But it did give me a head start. When I was doing these lessons I passed … Continue reading Thoughts On HSK 1 – Chinese Exam
You saw the title, I'm now officially fluent in Chinese because I passed an official test! It was the YTC/HSK Level one which just about covers the basics of the language. From the sounds of it you're meant to spend about a year studying it but I was able to binge it in the last … Continue reading I PASSED MY CHINESE TEST!