I wanted to start this Group to get people's views concerning the most effective study habits for learning Chinese, especially how people utilize Chinesepod. Anyone who's interested in discussing what works for them when studying Chinese should definitely post here!
Within the Chinesepod system, is there any special way you all utilize Chinesepod's features. Besides listening to the podcasts, studying the vocab/expansion excercises, and/or doing the excercises, is there anything else you do to maximize your learning.
Outside of Chinesepod, what other methods do you use. If you're using textbooks to study, discuss their pros and cons here! What about novels or newspapers? Do you use any other sorts of audio or visual media? If so, what are they? For those of you lucky enough to live in China, what are your strategies for taking advantage of the great language learning environment you've been placed in?
OK, that about sums up my questions. I'll post my own strategies below to get the discussion started. I've had some experience studying languages (I speak Italian well, and studied Spansih for 4 years) but have no official linguistical training. So, feel free to offer advice or constructive criticism.
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