So for the past month or so, I have been using Pleco's pre-made HSK levels and well as my own looked-up words and been using the default test settings in Pleco. I'm just curious if I should continue doing this in order to attain a basic conversational level in Chinese. I'm lucky that my partner is also Chinese, so I can lookup words and have a lot of help and practice this way. I was just wondering if using flashcards and memorizing words, then practicing them, is enough. Should I be looking at more sentence examples? (I recently activated this option in Flashcard display options). I suppose the hardest part about learning a language is learning exactly how to learn properly, so that if I put in a consistent effort, I will slowly succeed even at a minuscule rate. I just want to make sure I'm studying properly.