Thoughts on New Practical Chinese Reader, Plus Hear Me Practice Reading!

Thoughts on New Practical Chinese Reader, Plus Hear Me Practice Reading!
In this post I’m going to share my opinion on New Practical Chinese Reader, and why after only 3 lessons I’m recommending it to anyone learning Chinese! My very little review here is only based on level 2 of the series, so therefore if you’re thinking about buying NPCR 1 or you’re at a more advanced level and ready for volume 3 and above then obviously not all this is relevant for you. At the end listen to me butcher ...

Weekly Update #1

Weekly Update #1
My first weekly report. I think it’s best if I list what I’ve been learning and where from, as well as for how long so I can keep a rough running total of my time invested in learning Mandarin.From my earlier post about my current level in Mandarin, the total was around 400 hours. I’ve decided not to include the time it takes for me to do technical things such as create Anki cards, check my grammar book, or look ...

5 Essentials I’m Bringing to China and 2 that I’d Like to but can’t

5 Essentials I’m Bringing to China and 2 that I’d Like to but can’t
Less than 30 days before I leave. Can’t quite believe it! My mother doesn’t seem to grasp the idea that China is more than just rural land with few shops and conveniences, so her worry about my adventure is rather amusing when she comes up with questions such as “Do you need to take some tea with you?”. Take tea to China? Really Mum? How I think my mum imagines all of China to look like Based on my last ...

My Thoughts on Pimsleur Mandarin

My Thoughts on Pimsleur Mandarin
I completed all 3 levels of Pimsleur a few months ago, and have occasionally revisited lessons at random since then. I thought I would share my opinion on the course while it’s still fairly fresh in my mind. I know Pimsleur has a lot of advocates and a fair share of critics. I lean more towards the first camp of people, I think it provides a great foundation to be built upon, but it certainly doesn’t do what it advertises ...

Self Reflection: What’s my Current Level?

Self Reflection: What’s my Current Level?
After my eye-opening trip to China, I still consider myself at a beginner level. Not full-on newbie where I’m still constantly struggling with tones and pronunciation, but instead still struggling with holding anything more than a very basic conversation. I feel I’ve made a decent improvement since I began, but I don’t feel comfortable calling myself an intermediate learner just yet due to my speaking and listening abilities. Here I’ll outline everything I have done so far, giving you an ...