For two months I've been fortunate to live in Wuxi, Jiangsu. It is big enough to have a convenient and reasonably priced Mandarin school. At my age, learners face some special challenges--loss of short-term memory a major one.
Decades ago I taught myself enough spoken and written Japanese while living there to become pretty much bilingual. Happily remember enough Kanji to be able to correctly answer most HSK level 1 questions. But I need to get smarter now about how I learn and remember the conversational language.
I'm a "top-down" guy, so trying to remember lots of vocab and grammar and patch it together into conversations doesn't work as well as memorizing some standard conversations etc. to give me a basic structure, then substituting new words and building from there.
Does anyone have any good resources or techniques (other than this site of course) to help me move ahead more quickly with my studies? Or suggest a good way to make this site an even more valuable learning tool?
Thanks heaps, and let me know if I can help with your writing/editing/proofreading.
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