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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 :)
-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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