Learning Mandarin Chinese Day 12

It’s Day 12 of the language learning Mandarin Chinese project, I’ve made the move from learning strict vocabulary to learning simple sentences. Below is an overview of some of the work I’ve been doing today.

Learning Mandarin Chinese Day 12: Overview

I wrote this article as regards my current method for learning sentences in a foreign language. Those are the principles that I’m working from when I write the sentences out. To reiterate though, learning sentences, like all aspects of language, requires three parts.

1. Learning the target language. In this case simple sentences.
2. Controlled practice. In this case, dialogues from a book. Write them out, ask yourself which sentence goes where in the exchange.
3. Free practice: Chop and change parts of the target language with other aspects of the language (vocabulary, grammar, etc.) you already know.

For instance, I can ask, “Where is the train station?” I can also ask, “Where is the box?” “Where is the house?” “Where is the tent?” These are already sentences I can create from that one new piece of target language.
You have to do all three parts to be successful. As such, I’m doing that with the sentences I build. I’m also speaking them aloud, reading them back for spaced repetition throughout the day, and listening to the dialogues provided with the materials. As such, I’m actively engaging every part of the language in its active and passive form.

Learning Mandarin Chinese: Conclusion and Agenda for Tomorrow

It gets hard to quantify time spent Learning Mandarin Chinese at this point. I’ll aim to ‘learn’ five sentences (and all their variants) a day. This is quite a lot, but potentially not enough. I’ll fine tune it as I go along, and in future updates. I’d still estimate that I’m spending an average of just over an hour a day on my language learning. I could do more, but as stated in the new article, there is no rush. Also, taking it easy means that learning a language is a lot less daunting than people make out. Realistic goals provide realistic outcomes.

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