I got fever and toothache at the same time so I couldn’t study, I just slept away my weekend. Today I continued to lesson 5, about more ‘curled tongue’ consonants: zh, ch, sh, r, and another type of consonants, the ‘tongue-and-tooth’ ones: z, c, s. I don’t know how to say the names properly in English.
I guess being able to tell the difference between aspirated and un-aspirated sounds is important. But I can’t do that yet. I don’t even remember which is which. Why zh and ch and z and c sound so much alike?
I found this on the internet, it looks useful: Chinese Pinyin Chart with Audio https://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-pinyin-chart.php
I tried Quizlet, but I don’t like that when I use Korean (meaning) for prompt, and Chinese pinyin for answer, I get Korean audio for the answer. I want the answer to be read in Chinese. Maybe I’ll try make new flash cards with ‘Chinese simplified’ on one side, and on the other side: ‘Pinyin (meaning in Korean)’. I’ll try tomorrow.
Expression for today:
Qǐng zài shuō yí biàn.
Please say it one more time.
请 qǐng means ‘please’. It’s OK not to use it.
Zài shuō yí biàn.
Say it one more time.
At this point, I don’t think I will understand anything even if it’s said 100 times to me. But, OK.
The first week of learning Chinese, I don’t feel any sense of achievement because I only have vague memory about every sound, tone, and word I’m supposed to learn. ###