The 4th Week ✔

This is day 1, week 5. I’ve been memorizing Chinese nouns for the last 4 weeks. The chants from the audio files really help me remember the tones and it’s fun to sing along with the chants.

The order of the chants is: Chinese – Japanese – Chinese
For example:
首都 [shǒudū], 首都 [shuto], 首都 [shǒudū] (=capital city)
公园 [gōngyuán], 公園 [kouen], 公园 [gōngyuán] (=the park)

I think I remember the Chinese pronunciation better by singing along. Just reading them is definitely not enough.

I learned sentences with those nouns, too, but I’m not sure I remember the sentences. If only the publisher would provide audio files for the sentences, too, maybe I could remember the sentences. But, on the second thought, no, actually, I’m not sure whether my brain is ready for sentences. I mean, I can hardly hear words…

It occurred to me that if I were studying Chinese at school, I would be the worst student in class. I would feel stupid and quit as soon as the semester was over. Actually, I did exactly that, a long time ago.

I don’t know whether I can remember more than 8 Chinese words a day, maybe I can’t, but today I started reading another Chinese textbook in Korean ‘233 Core Patterns for Chinese Conversations’ (중국어회화 핵심패턴233) written by Uhm Sang-cheon (엄상천),  and found this Chinese expression from the prolog:

Chinese saying

[búpà màn,zhīpà zhàn]
(Don’t worry about being slow, worry about quitting in the middle of the way.)

How did the author know that I was worried that I was learning Chinese slowly? I guess it’s a common problem among Chinese language learners, even in Korea.

I’m glad that I’m not very good at learning Chinese because it made me realize that it’s totally fine to learn at my own pace, even though my pace is very very slow. ###


2 thoughts on “The 4th Week ✔

  1. I’m with you, my pace in learning Chinese is super slow and I’m not even learning any other language like you’re doing with Korean! Let’s keep up the good work and just forget about the rest.


    • Thank you for the encouragement! I felt like I was failing learning Chinese because I wasn’t progressing as fast as I hoped but now I think that slow is OK, too, and learning slowly can be a rewarding learning experience, too.


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