Monday, January 4, 2016

How I will learn Chinese

I decided to write down what I will use to learn the coming weeks. Here are some of the things that I am currently doing and some things I will be doing in the near future.

Watch videos on Youtube
There are a bunch of videos I have already watched, there are also a bunch that I bookmarked. Here is one of the videos that I have already watched several times

I like Dani Wang's videos and will watch all of them shortly.

Here is a video that I have bookmarked but will watch this week. This video is by Yangyang Cheng, it is a Google hangout showing you the most effective way to learn Mandarin tones, tone pairs

Listen to Podcasts
I downloaded the Learn Chinese | podcast

I have already listened several time to Lesson #1 - What's Your Name in Chinese? It is actually fun and quite interesting. I listen to most podcast at 1.5 speed but always have to remind myself to set it back to 1.0 speed with this language podcast

Visit websites
There are a bunch of sites that I have bookmarked, I have read some of these already and some are bookmarks because those sites were listen on some of these but I did not get enough time to read them all yet. Here is just a small list for you to check out.

How to Learn Mandarin Chinese

Tim Ferriss, 4 hour workweek blog
How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months
How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour
12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

Real Chinese - For starters
Quick Fix - Essential phrases in Chinese
How to learn Chinese
Printable PDF Mandarin Flashcards

CHINESE in 10 minutes a day
I have the Italian version of this book, it contains the following

  • 132-page illustrated workbook
  • Full color throughout
  • Organized in 25 easy steps, by essential categories
  • 150 Sticky Labels for home and office
  • Ready-made Flash Cards

This is a real beginners book and is fun to learn from. It will arrive by the end of this week so I will be doing all the other stuff I mentioned in this post instead.

Watch a movie in Chinese and trying to understand it. I own only 2 movies that are in Chinese: Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. But luckily for me, my local library has a lot of Chinese movies, here is just a small example of the stuff that they have, there are several of these cases filled with movies.

I won't get to the movies for a couple of months, at this stage there is no point, I probably might recognize 5 words in total. But I will try to watch my first movie in April or so and will let you know how that goes.

1 comment:

Chopstik said...

Hey Denis,

Just saw this post and was wondering how your studies are going? Hopefully you've been able to make some progress but curious to see how far you've come. I'm going to stumble through some of your links but curious if you are only using free Chinese learning resources or not.

Also, as regards your Chinese movies, if you have Netflix, there is also a decent selection of Chinese movies there though you will want to be careful and ensure they're using Mandarin and not Cantonese. Good luck!