I posted this response to a question on Memrise about whether or not memorising vocab was enough to learn Chinese. So I thought I would share it here too :)

I have found the course really helpful. Before using memrise, my study was a bit haphazard and all over the place. But since supplementing my study with memrise, I have started learning chinese at a much faster pace. So my advice is stick with it and also supplement it with other forms of study.

I'll share my own person study routine that I do everyday, I hope it helps :)

Everyday routine:
-I learn new words on the HSK memrise courses. (currently on HSK3)
-I water my outstanding words from old courses, and write down any words that I have started to forget.
-I write down all words that I learn as I learn them and look them up in the dictionary, I also use the Ting website to hear them used in sentences. Then I write down the sentence and repeat. (http://hua.umf.maine.edu/Chinese/welcome.html)

-After memrise, I go onto youtube and listen to the series - 3800 Useful Chinese Sentences (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iD4SrAOXns)
I'm currently repeating and lightly learning 15 new sentences everyday. I write the english and pinyin on one page, and the Chinese characters with no translation on the second page.
I add to my sentence book from the above series everyday, and review every page quickly.

-I listen to a lesson from Clear Chinese (The elementary podcasts are free.) (http://www.clearchinese.com/mp3-lessons/newbie/index.htm)

- Then I check the website Study More Chinese, I am part of the daily sentence group there. (http://studymorechinese.com/)


I regularly listen to Chinese songs and try to sing along, as well as watching TV, films and reading chinese kids books. (I live in Beijing at the moment, so I'm lucky that I am always in a Chinese environment. But I know so many foreigners out here who have been here for years and not studied. You have to immerse yourself, which you can do at home too, or download material onto a music player/phone etc.)

I've also heard that having your own youtube, or recording videos, and practicing speaking about a topic is really good practice for speaking and thinking about your sentence structure.

I hope that all helps! I work 7:00 - 5:30 everyday and fit this in throughout my day. In the morning, lunch break and evening.




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Comment by Tyson on July 6, 2013 at 8:27pm

Thanks for sharing, I haven't seen the 3800 sentences link before, going to look and see if there is useful stuff in there for me.

I have a routine as well.  I spend around 1 hour a day doing revision (using Anki and Skritter).  And I also do around 1 hour of listening to ChinesePod lessons while riding to work or while running.  Frequently I might then add watching a movie in Chinese or listening to Chinese music or reading (a comic or a simple book) for 1-2 hours extra.  Only the Anki/Skritter feels like work, I need to keep the motivation high to keep that going.

I use Skritter to practice characters (have learned 3000 so I am revising the constantly), and in Anki I add Chinese sentences and then play "guess the missing character and its pronunciation" (cloze deletions).

For 4 hours I week (2 x 2 hour sessions) I have a teacher come and practice discussion with me - this is in order to improve pronunciation and fluency.  I've done about 100 hours of this in the last 6 months and it's helped a lot.

It's about 2-3 hours a day on average, which I fit in around my job and quite a lot of travel. I use lunchtimes and about an hour upon waking up to spread it throughout the day.  It's better if you actually do some learning in the morning, and again in the evening, it's very quick to memorize things that way.  I live in Beijing too so I do get a lot of extra immersion on top of all of this, although realistically study time is more efficient for learning, the immersion just helps keep it all fresh. 

Comment by JayLatarche on June 30, 2013 at 9:04pm
I think it looks more hefty than it is. In total it takes up about 2/3 hours of my time. When spread out throughout the day it's not so bad.
I do this everyday except I take a break on Saturdays as I have a roller derby team here in Beijing which I manage.
Ever since watching a video about a hyper polyglot who is 17 it has made me determined to reach a high fluency haha so if I lag, I remember him!

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Comment by Brandon on June 30, 2013 at 8:47pm

Wow jade that is pretty impressive for a daily routine! I probably couldn't keep up that pace for a day or two. How often are you able to do this or do you frequently miss days?  

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