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Learning slump

Posted by xiao_liang July 15, 2010 in the Group General Discussion .

Ok, I'm going through a bit of a slump. Since restarting properly with Chinesepod I've been learning steadily, doing about an hour's study a day, listening to 2-3 podcasts on the way home in the car and trying my hardest to learn characters.

But I feel like I'm really not getting anywhere at all. I can't seem to hold any new vocab, I'm near the top of elementary, and I can't get any of the intermediate lessons. I find that I've started to just tune out what Jenny says in Chinese because I don't understand it, and just listen to John's translations and explanations, which obviously isn't helping me learn.

So my study is slacking off, I've stopped trying to learn characters. It just feels really hopeless! I'm going to China at the end of October to meet my girlfriend's parents, and I know I won't be able to understand a thing.  Waah!

So my question is: what do you all do when your studying hits a dry patch? When it just seems to vast and foreign and difficult, what do you do? Help! 

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