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Zomxilla
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New Zealand
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Mandarin, Cantonese

 
 Message 1 of 10
14 May 2013 at 6:26am | IP Logged 
I started my journey to Mandarin fluency around three months ago. At that time my best
friend (梦茹) and her boyfriend (my flatmate) has just returned from a trip
to China, where they were visiting 梦茹's family. My flatmate had to learn
some Chinese to get by.

I'd never given a thought to learning Mandarin, but it didn't take much convincing.
With a native speaker around every week, I always had someone to practice with.

I started studying alone to get up to the same level as my flatmate, then we both took
a level 2 evening class together.

After that, I was pretty hooked. I'm currently using Memrise to learn new vocab and
汉字. I use a couple of resources like Mandaread and ChineseReadingPractice.com to
practice reading. Pleco is my go-to dictionary on my Android, and I am a sucker for
Chinese dramas (just finished watching the first season of 还珠格格, omg!).

As of yet I only speak with 梦茹 and her family - I have signed up to
Verbling but haven't plucked up the courage to speak to anyone yet!

From here it looks like a long road ahead of practice, practice, practice! Wish me
luck!

Edited by Zomxilla on 15 May 2013 at 4:36am

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vermillon
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 Message 2 of 10
14 May 2013 at 3:24pm | IP Logged 
You can try to learn "汉子" (man, guy), but it'd be better if you tried to learn 汉字 (Chinese characters). :p

Good luck anyway!
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Zomxilla
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 Message 3 of 10
15 May 2013 at 4:35am | IP Logged 
vermillon wrote:
You can try to learn "汉子" (man, guy), but it'd be better if you tried
to learn 汉字 (Chinese characters). :p

Good luck anyway!


Haha!! See what I mean!!



Zomxilla
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 Message 4 of 10
15 May 2013 at 10:44am | IP Logged 
I spent today working on my HSK Level 1 vocab, and learnt some more radicals. I probably
know about 500 汉字 now, but some crucial HSK1 vocab is missing!

梦茹 took me to a small Chinese community area very close to where I live. Somehow I've
never been there! It was mostly a large grocery store - there were also a couple of
restaurants and a few Chinese medicine shops.

I bought a 猪肉包子 - they didn't have my favourite 烧烤包子, though.

I spoke a mixture of Mandarin and English with the shopkeeper - he didn't seem thrown off
by switching between languages! I could also understand a lot of what he was saying,
though he spoke mostly to my friend.

So I've found my new grocery shopping centre! I'm hoping to become familiar with the
shopkeepers, and practice my Chinese with them.



Zomxilla
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 Message 5 of 10
18 May 2013 at 1:14pm | IP Logged 
今天 - 星期六 - 我学习中文差不多四个小时了!

Today was a day of grammar and some writing. I practised extended sentences that use
three adverbial phrases. Eg:

Subj + Adverb + Time (when) + Verb Phrase + Time (time spent)
王太太总是晚饭以后散半个钟头步。

I also learned more about comparison phrases - contrast and similarity.

Contrast:
X + 比 + Y + Direct Adjective
咖啡比茶贵。

X + 比 + Y + Direct Adjective + (得多/一点儿/some amount)
她的汽车比我的贵得多。
咖啡比茶贵一毛钱。

Similarity:
X + (跟/和) + Y + 一样
X + (跟/和) + Y + 一样 + Direct Adjective

Equivalence:
X + 有 + Y (+ 这么/那么) + Direct Adjective
课本有字典那么贵

Negatives:
X + 不 + (跟/和) + Y + 一样
OR
X + (跟/和) + Y + 不 + 一样

X + 没有 + Y (+ 这么/那么) + Direct Adjective

I also managed to practice writing while doing these. I purchased the stroke order add-
on
for Pleco so I could study away from the computer. :)

Edited by Zomxilla on 18 May 2013 at 1:16pm



Zomxilla
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Studies: Mandarin, Cantonese

 
 Message 6 of 10
20 May 2013 at 2:53am | IP Logged 
Grammar

Today was a little more on comparative phrases, using the V.Obj + V + 得. I'll need to go
over this as I'm not sure where to use this pattern over the other three in the previous
post.

Eg:

大人睡觉睡比得孩子得多

or

我唱歌比睡得我好

Still need practice.

Also started learning the "把" construction:

他把他的茶杯打破了.

Vocab

I've learnt all of HSK1 - now I need to work on comprehension! I also started HSK2.



Zomxilla
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 Message 7 of 10
22 May 2013 at 7:05am | IP Logged 
The past few days have been about vocabulary review and learning some new grammar.

I still haven't come to grips with the "把" constructor - but I'm looking to just go over
all the grammar I can first, then go back and really nail down the parts I don't
understand.

I watched the kid's cartoon series 新年乐龙
龙动画
on YouTube. My comprehension is still pretty abysmal! I could only catch
snatches of the dialog. :(

Watched "House of Flying Daggers" (十面埋伏). Couldn't get the chinese subtitles working so
watched it with English subtitles. A very beautiful movie!



Zomxilla
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New Zealand
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Studies: Mandarin, Cantonese

 
 Message 8 of 10
28 May 2013 at 5:14am | IP Logged 
Haven't been intensely studying lately as I've been looking for a new job. However, I've
signed up for the free trial at ChinesePod.com. So far so good - I haven't done many
video tutorials but it looks like a huge wealth of information that could be very
valuable. It also integrates with Skritter, which I found really nice, but didn't want to
pay for considering it's only on the iPhone.

I also recently purchased a webcam! Hoping to use it with Verbling.com to chat with some
native speakers. I might also become more active with Skype.

I read a bit of 'Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar' each night - highly recommended. It
condenses basic grammar structures down into an easy to follow and read book. I plan to
go over it multiple times, as the more I learn, the more I take from the lessons.



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