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Newbies - Learning Chinese Week by Week

Page history last edited by oowi 13 years ago


Your level: Newbie or Beginner


Suggested study flow:

  • Take a book or website for learning Chinese as your point of departure


  • Make a daily schedule:
    • 15 minutes each day
    • one day 15 + 45
  • Find web resources in the dashboard that support your learning
    • for example: same topic in the BBC website: Real Chinese / same topic in Rutgers / same topic in Oxford's multimedia course
  • Use twitter.com to make notes. Choose a special twitter name for your learning Chinese.

    for example: twitter.com/chintwit (sorry, already taken....) 



website ==> http://www.chinese.cn/online/happy

  1. Click lesson 1
    1. try all the options offered to see if these exercises suit your level or are too easy
  2. If you make hardly any mistakes, go to lesson 5 to see how easy this is ......
  3. For each item of the lessons, skip the ones that are too easy or too boring for you.

    You could switch off the audio to get rid of the music....

    1. writing the characters is probably interesting enough to do for each lessons.

      Other options might be too easy or even demotivating. Pick you choice!.

    2. Establish your own feedback for weak and strong points.

      I.e. make your personal 'SWOT analysis'

      For example:

      1. Strengths
        1. your pronunciation is quite good, Chinese really understand what you are saying....
      2. Weaknesses
        1. You know very few words: conversations just end very quickly
      3. Opportunities
        1. you see that certain exercises of the course (or any other website) are really helpful for you. For example, the character quizzes.
      4.  Threats
        1.  Things that really go wrong or seem hopeless when you are in a Chinese speaking environment:

          - Tones (you keep forgetting which tone you should use....)

          - a faulty pronunciation of pinyin (zhe, ze, ce, che .....)

           - understanding the answers (you have to hear the same sentence over and over again, or need it to see written in pinyin)

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