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Leap from Elementary to Intermediate

Posted by geleise January 22, 2014 in the Group General Discussion.

Hi everyone,

I just made the leap from elementary lessons (after doing about 400 of them) to intermediate lessons. 

Some background on where I was before this leap: I had been studying for about 12 weeks, fairly intensively. I was able to recognize around 1,000 hanzi. I was texting primatively to friends and penpals in Chinese, and finally even having simple conversations with my teacher and friends. I also felt at this point that elementary lessons were too easy; I usually completely understood the lesson, or understood after learning 1-2 new words, without looking at the script. 

However, now that I've made the leap to Intermediate lessons, I definitely feel that I'm more "in-over-my-head" than I was when I started Elementary lessons. I can barely understand anything. If I read all of the script and learn the words beforehand, my understanding level improves. I do understand about 80% of what the Chinese co-presenter says (they usually don't use vocab that's too difficult). After the stuff is dissected, I can often understand more. But I feel that I may need to change my study strategy. I want to make sure I get the most out of the material. I already watched about 20 Intermediate lessons and didn't progress much.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks!

Grey

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