1. Manuel Huygen
    October 29, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    Well told ! A daily habit is important to make progress and you must find your own tricks : listening to chinesepod, reading, watching chinese programs on the web, reviewing flashcards :
    Do it every day, that’s important (that’s why it’s so hard to go back to it after a period of holidays)

    • Furio
      October 30, 2014 @ 1:38 am

      You don’t need holiday : P

  2. Manuel Huygen
    October 30, 2014 @ 3:00 am

    I do, from time to time 🙂

  3. Laura
    October 30, 2014 @ 5:29 am

    It´s been my 4th week studying Mandarin at the University and it has been very intense. We´ll learn up to 1000 words in the first 2 semesters, so it will (or is already becoming) a habit. My problem is to find out the right way to learn all that vocabulary. Does someone have some tips? ^^”

    • markchina27
      November 25, 2014 @ 12:51 am

      I have to agree about the SRS, anki and pleco are brilliant, or skritter for writing (but at a cost). I use pleco a lot, show the definitions and pinyin only, then try to draw the characters from memory, soon you find you can recognize characters a lot easier and can write as well.

      There’s a point though were I think remembering the characters without writing them gets too difficult, writing helps a lot when they stop looking like this 上 and start looking like this 廉. hope this helps

      • Furio
        November 25, 2014 @ 12:59 am


        the best way to remember complex characters is to write them + use mnemonics. I’m also a fun of Skritter

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