Why I’m Learning to Write and not just Read Characters

Why I’m Learning to Write and not just Read Characters
Back when I began learning Chinese I originally made the quick decision that I would not concern myself with writing characters. After all, isn’t everything on our phones and PCs now? How often do we actually write in our own language? I initially thought this way, as my goal was to be able to communicate in Chinese to be able to get by living in the country independently. A Change in long term goals My goals have transformed quite a ...

Weekly Update #3 – Study Time vs. Relaxation

Weekly Update #3 – Study Time vs. Relaxation
This week has been one of my worst for a very long time since I started studying Chinese. At the start of the week I spent two days staying with friends and going out, plus on Wednesday I sent my phone off to be repaired so this limited me. Not having Skritter sucked, and not being able to look up words quickly in Pleco made me less motivated to tackle harder material. Having a less intense week I guess is ...

Pronunciation Challenge Accepted! Initial Views on WaiChinese

Pronunciation Challenge Accepted! Initial Views on WaiChinese
​ Yesterday I signed up to the Hacking Chinese Pronunciation challenge that runs from the 10th to the 28th of February. I decided it was a good idea to get some extra work done on the way I sound before I take the leap into sea of native Mandarin speakers. I’ve never neglected pronunciation but I haven’t focused on it properly since way back when I first started learning Chinese. WaiChinese The challenge suggest WaiChinese as a good tool to ...

Kicking the Habit of Aiming for Perfection, Stepping out of my Comfort Zone

Kicking the Habit of Aiming for Perfection, Stepping out of my Comfort Zone
Just a short rant at myself, after a recent attempt at using my Mandarin at a Chinese restaurant. I’ve always been somewhat of a perfectionist which is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to learning Chinese. I’ve also always been quite an anxious guy who has lived too much in his comfort zone. This I can’t say has been a blessing, but I have gotten a lot better with it over the past few years. For learning ...

Weekly Update #2

Weekly Update #2
This week has been a little lighter in terms of hours put in compared to last week, but nonetheless I feel it’s been an equally productive 7 days. I didn’t manage to meet all my goals set from the previous update, but I did make some changes to my routine that I consider beneficial. New Practical Chinese Reader 2 I’ve continued on with NPCR 2 (take a look at my review of the book) and completed two more lessons, making ...