Consolidating Mandarin Lessons

Today I focused on consolidating what I’ve learned over the previous 3 days. I’ve gone over about 45 Newbie lessons and 3 Elementary lessons so far since I started Chnesepod on Tuesday. Basically what I’ve done is sort the Newbie and Elementary lessons in ascending order by date. I then listen to the full lesson and chorus the Mandarin. Chorusing is when you speak along with the audio you’re listening to in your target language.

Some of the Newbie lessons were very basic for me so I would stop after the speakers had repeated the mandarin lesson 3 times in a row. If there was a new word for me I would listen to the entire lesson and then chorus the dialog (there’s a link to just listening to the mandarin for each lesson.) a few times and then mark the lesson as studied. If there were 3 or more new words for me I would listen to the full lesson, chorus the mandarin dialog a few times, then bookmark the lesson for reviewing the next day. The next day I tried the dialog, if I could get the entire lesson right away I would mark it as studied so it would drop off my bookmarked list. If I felt it needed more work I left it on my bookmarked list for more review the next day.

Right now I have 5 Newbie and 3 Elementary lessons in my bookmarked section. When I feel I can check 2 or more of them off as studied I’ll start on some new lessons. I really like this approach. I have multiple lessons to work on at various level of understanding, which keeps me focused and interested.

I’m still mulling over my learning tools for next year. Right now I’m leaning towards

1) Chinesepod
2) Integrated Chinese
3) Getting a Palm TX and installing Pleco.

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