How do you study Chinese?

Discussion in 'Chinese Language' started by han4wluc, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. han4wluc

    han4wluc Member

    Hi all!

    My name is Luciano, I come from Italy. I have been studying Chinese for 3 years.

    I am HSK 6 now and I have learn Chinese in a variety of ways, including following online websites, going through books, downloading various apps. And then I studied 1 year in Shanghai.

    I talked to many other students, and realise that there are so many ways out there that you can learn Chinese now. I have become very interested in the answes.

    It would be great if you could answer the below questions and share your experiences! Thank you!

    • What is your HSK Level (approximately)

    • Where do you study Chinese? (which school?)


    • How many hours do you spend studying Chinese per week?



    • What apps/websites do you use for studying Chinese? What do you use them for?



    • Apart from textbooks do you use any other learning materials (eg. worksheets) to study? What do you use and why?



    • How do you keep studying interesting?



    • Have you tried to learn Chinese by using Chinese songs/books/articles/movies? How did it go? If not, why not?
     
  2. Shun

    Shun 状元

    Hi Luciano

    I think that's a good idea; however, you can already find many answers to your questions by reading posts on the forums.

    Should be between levels 5 and 6, though I don't like to study for HSK or take the HSK test (I just did some mock tests), simply because it's designed to test for speed, not for a more profound feeling for the language.

    I prefer to study on my own, don't really need a school, similar to you. :)

    Used to be about 15-20 hours, now it's much less, since my curiosity about the Chinese language has been satisfied. Now it's less about that. Since I don't need the language much currently, I'm just keeping it alive until there's a real, practical need for me to study it more.

    Only Pleco and Wenlin. Don't really like the Podcast sites, I find them mostly too superficial, and they're impossible to concentrate on properly if listened to in the gym, etc.

    Well, the New Practical Chinese Reader had exercise books, they were repetitive but useful, so I did them.

    By doing things you're interested in. Like reading interesting, well-written Chinese texts. For example, I like the author 阎连科, I think I'm going to learn a lot from reading some of his books.

    I have; some song lyrics, say from Faye Wong or 王菲, I sometimes found a little hard to make sense of. I think the reason is that these song lyrics are a bit like poems, and poems just are information-dense, they skip the context, which you have to fill in with your own (cultural) knowledge, which is of course limited at first. So it's better to watch movies, TV series or read books in prose form because there, you usually do have context that you can use to get a feeling for how words are used.

    Now, I suggest you answer some of your questions yourself.

    Cheers, Shun
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2017
    pdwalker likes this.
    • What is your HSK Level (approximately)
      Should be around HSK 6 (Taiwan equivalent)
    • Where do you study Chinese? (which school?)
      I study by myself.

    • How many hours do you spend studying Chinese per week?
      About 15-20 hours of actual studying, and maybe as much of passive learning (watching TV, talking with colleagues/friends, etc)

    • What apps/websites do you use for studying Chinese? What do you use them for?
      Pleco for learning new characters.

    • Apart from textbooks do you use any other learning materials (eg. worksheets) to study? What do you use and why?
      For the first 2-3 years, I studied those Chinese books (there are 5 of them) http://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese...t-chinese-textbooks-for-chinese-learners4.jpg
      Now I read normal books and focus on expending my vocabulary and also improving my reading speed
    • How do you keep studying interesting?
      I have set extremely high goals that I can only reach through hard work

    • Have you tried to learn Chinese by using Chinese songs/books/articles/movies? How did it go? If not, why not?
    Books, reading news on the web, watching movies and going to KTV. I like to do all those!​
     

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