I have made it my habit to publicly introspect about Chinesepod on the anniverssary of my first subscription. I'm afraid this year's introspection will be a little terse, because I have become a bit busier in other aspects of my life. I am starting my sixth year as a podie.
I have still managed to keep up with Chinesepod's lessons. So, I can still claim that I have studied every single last one. While I do supplement Chinesepod with other materials, it is still my primary study program. So, the rest of you might be curious how my progress has been.
Good points: Last fall I passed the level 4 new HSK with relative ease. There are a lot of movies I can watch without subtitles, and I have had lots of conversations with Chinese people in Chinese. Except for media lessons without a written transcript, no level of Chinesepod lessons is particularly difficult for me.
Not so good points: There are still lots of advanced level dialogs, in real life as well as Cpod, that I don't understand on the first listening. My memory is imperfect. So, there is always lots of stuff from old lessons that I can't recall. I could read a newspaper, if I had to, but it is still an awful lot of work to look up the words and characters I don't recognize. I still struggle with tones.
Interesting notes: Cpod often includes some low frequency vocabulary even in elementary lessons. So, sometimes I still learn a tidbit from the lower level lessons. It used to be Jenny who was in danger of being the most over-used person at Cpod. Now, I think that it might be David or John. Don't burn out, guys.
Well, I'll keep plugging away. I still want to become completely fluent in Chinese before I leave this life, but I have to admit, it is a real horse race. I should have started when I was much younger, but I didn't have the interest then.
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