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Your Newbie Experience

Posted by frank May 8, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Hiya, kids! How's everybody doing out there? I just flew back from New York (and boy are my arms tired!) and I suddenly had an idea for the Newbie Blog during this extended downtime.

I know you're all checking that page daily, pumping the refresh button like mad in the hopes that I'll post some sign of life, and it kills me to leave you all hanging like that. But then it occurred to me that I'm not the only person around here who made that jump from Newbie to Elementary, and then from Elementary to Intermediate. Sure, some of you had a head start, and some of you are still catching up, but it's the journey that makes us all the same!

So it got me to thinking... what is/was your Newbie Experience like? How long did you flounce about before you hit the Elementary level? What was your breakthrough "a-ha!" moment? When did it really start to gel? I'd truly love to hear people sharing their experiences on this kind of thing. I know that I found it really inspiring when I read a post over on John Pasden's Sinosplice about the stages of learning and could identify with them.

So chime in, people! Even if you're a Newbie now, we want to hear from you! And you ChinesePod veterans! Yeah, I'm looking at you Bazza and Henning and Lantian and TaiPan and Goulinky! You know who you are! You folks are an inspiration to those around you. Tell us a bit about how you got so good at Chinese! 

The floor is yours! 

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