One Month Challenge: How To Change Your Chinese Learning Habits in 30 Days
May31

One Month Challenge: How To Change Your Chinese Learning Habits in 30 Days

Lacking motivation? Keep putting off that Chinese study? Haven’t learnt a new character since you bought that World of Warcraft expansion pack? One month challenges are for you. I first heard about them online a couple of months ago, I think in a psychology journal (I can’t remember which, sorry!). Anyway, I read that habits are formed in around 30 days (less in some people), and that by setting yourself a goal of doing a...

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Short Post: When Your Speaking Is Better Than Your Listening
May28

Short Post: When Your Speaking Is Better Than Your Listening

Hey guys, Just a quick update from me. First of all, thanks for all the positive feedback I received from you regarding my guest post over at Sam’s blog Lingholic! Much appreciated. One comment on my post was by a guy saying how he didn’t seem to have much difficulty speaking, but did not have a high level of comprehension. Now, this is quite strange, but not unusual. Strange, because, well, it is weird to be able to say...

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Launched my YouTube Channel – and decided to do a video in French (with subtitles)

So, I started up a YouTube channel that will primarily be used to talk about learning Chinese. However, I decided to do a little introduction video in French, as it is the language I know the best (apart from English). Don’t worry, though, there are subtitles – so you can all understand! Also, now you guys have some proof my advice works, or at least that it did for...

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NEWBIES: So you wanna learn a language?
May17

NEWBIES: So you wanna learn a language?

Okay, so, I realise that a lot of the content on this blog, like the content of other language learning blogs, is crazily nerdy and likely incomprehensible to those not already in ‘the language game’ due to references to things like ‘SRS’, ‘Massive Comprehensible Input’, ‘Silent Period’, ‘Reps’, ‘Learning vs Acquisition’, and the like. The reality is that a lot of...

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On the use of ‘dead time’
May14

On the use of ‘dead time’

If you are like 99% of the population, and aren’t some sort of mutant-cyboid-productivity-machine-monster, you probably waste a fair amount of your life. I’m not talking about time spent watching TV, or on Facebook. Activities like these, although they may be classified as procrastination, do serve some purpose – relaxation, entertainment, being social, blah blah. I bet you take the bus. Or the train. Or, if you too...

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