I often wonder how to make the best use of the time I have available to study Chinese, and I'm hoping to get some feedback on what has worked for others. Here are some related questions:
<> Lesson level: Is it better to master an easier lesson, or get what one can from a harder lesson?
<> Learning to write: Is is better to write by hand or use a computer?
<>Vocabulary: Is it better to focus on acquiring new words or using the words one knows fluidly?
<>Sources of input: What sources of input work best? CPod lessons? Movies? Songs? Live conversations? (Or, how would you divide your time between these, if you had a choice?)
<>Drills: What kind of drills work best?
<><><><> Progression over time: Does the most effective way to study vary as one progresses? If so, what works best at each level: Newbie? Elementary? Intermediate? UI? Advanced?<><>
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