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Just an open question to share study strategy tips related to making Chinese part of your 'real life'.
For example, if you put stickers or post-it notes with Chinese characters all over your apartment, that would be an example of forcing the language into your real life. Or only reading Chinese books before bed instead of your native language.
Or how did you go about making successful study habits? It's easy to start by saying 1 hour everyday, but how did it become a more permanent habit as part of your routine?
These are just examples - let me know what you think has worked well for you in the comments.
When I am alone, especially when driving, I force myself to mentally translate my thoughts into Mandarin. Then say thme out loud. It may be as simple as, "That other car is driving too fast", or I'm hungry now, I'd like to find a restaurant soon.. or it's starting to rain/snow, " etc. etc.
I simply commit to listening to my Mandarin tapes on my drive to and from work. It's the most available time for me to offer my somewhat undivided attention.
I've fallen out of this habit for now, but I used to keep a very simple diary of my daily activities. I downloaded an app to my iPhone and whenever I had a spare moment I would try to write something. I used the Handwriting keyboard so that I was actually practicing hanzi as well as practicing creating simple sentences. I liked it because I could see the work that I had done at the end of each day and over several months I could go back and see how my writing had improved. Although listening and reading are very important for learning a foreign language, they don't always give you a sense of accomplishment when you're finished. Writing was very motivational for me and I could actually see my progress.
I use chinese applications, listen to chinese songs , try everyday to speak a bit of chinese with natives and use the chinese-english dictionnary to lookup unknow words when chatting on my phone.
I completely agree with James' comment about listening to Chinese tapes. It was only when I started listening to MP3 recordings of my 1-on-1 Chinese lessons, dialogues, etc. and *repeating after the recordings* (really, really crucial to do this!) that I actually started to learn Chinese.
I now download all my lessons and dialogues onto my iPod and listen when I'm walking, cleaning, doing the laundry, etc. All that 'down time' really adds up and I learn a lot of Chinese that way!
I like many who participate in SMC face the challenge of learning Chinese outside of China. So I believe that to make Chinese part ‘real life’ or daily life has considerable challenges. February will be a major milestone for me, as I shall be a third year (final year) Chinese language student at my university.
It may help other learners in SMC if I share my list of many of the things that I have done in the past two years.
I could keep going with this list. However, I think I should stop. I could go on. Less is more.
If you want clarification or more do contact me.
I wish you all the very best for you Chinese studies of 2013.
Have you tried popupchinese?
"How do i make it part of my real life" - I take what i learn and find a way to use it on weibo, or in an e-mail to my native chinese speakers, or use it on weixin when chatting with friends. For weixin, this allows me to also send audio notes instead of typing the pinyin or hanzi, this helps me practice the speaking and listening skills from anywhere and anytime.
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