Practicing Chinese

2017 – The year of Chinese

This year I am committing to learning Chinese.  After researching some, I am going to tackle this by using the following:
  • BOOK:  Play and Learn Chinese. Lol – yes, it’s for kids. I actually picked up this book in the Children section at Half Price Books as I was looking for Italian books for my girls. The book has the chapters divided by theme: morning routine, eating, schcool, etc.  The two things I like about this book are:  1. It has an audio CD and 2. It focuses on sentences and not just a list of vocabulary words.  After listening to language gurus like Benny Lewis, Luca Lampariello, and others, I’ve decided this is the best method for me – listening to whole sentences and repeating.  I think this is especially true with Chinese since the tones are so important. Learning the intonation of the whole sentence will be easier for me than trying to remember the intonation of each word separately. At least at the beginning. By the way, after I’m done with this book, I am hoping to get the Asimil book series.
  • APPS: Because I always have my phone, as we all do, I plan to use my downtime using these apps. 1. Chinese Skill: This is the Chinese version of Duolingo (best language app ever).  2. Tiny Cards: These are Duolingo’s cute flash cards app. 3.Line Dictionary – Chinese-English dictionary.
  • PODCAST: I enjoy listening to podcasts while I’m washing dishes or getting dressed. (Just being real – these are realistically the only times I’m not with my littles). Chinese Class 101 This podcast has a great Beginners series.
  • YOUTUBE:  I’ll be watching the channel Learn Chinese Now. These videos are very short, cute, and focused on phrases, not vocabulary.
So I will dedicate time every day to work on a lesson from the book. The apps, YouTube channel and podcast I will do throughout the day. Wish me luck!  I will check back in here to let you know how I’m doing.


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