It’s been a month of overwhelming Chinese learning. To take the HSK1 test, you have to know 150 Chinese words. I can now recognize 60% of those words. However, I’m still a total beginner and ‘tone’ deaf. 哈哈哈
Writing the lessons in a notebook allows me to review all the materials instead of having it saved on a word file. I’m kind of old school. This method works for me.
Here are my notes. I have a notebook for each learning source. They are ZerotoHero, Yoyo Chinese, Duolingo app, HelloChinese app and one for my Online Tutor. You may ask how I manage my time. I spend 30 minutes for each. That’s a total of 2 hours a day. My online tutor is 3x a week where we practice speaking and focusing on tones, listening and discussing my homework (sentences I made with new words from previous lesson.)
Here is a diy flashcard I created. I write down a new word and practice reading it everyday so I don’t forget.
Here’s another notebook where I log all the new words. If I don’t want to use my diy flash cards, I use this by just folding and covering the words. It’s a trick I learned from LissLearns (Youtube)
I bought a Tián zì gé notebook from Amazon. Here I practice writing the characters. HSK 1 does not include writing yet but I decided to start now rather than later. I follow the strokes from this website: https://dictionary.hantrainerpro.com
I also make it a habit to listen to Chinese music and watch Chinese dramas to immerse myself and get used to the tones and environment.
So, there you have it. My one month update. I’m looking forward to the day I will take my HSK1 exam.
What is HSK?
Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK; Chinese: 汉语水平考试; pinyin: Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test, is the standardized test of Standard Chinese (a type of Mandarin Chinese) language proficiency of China for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese. The test is administered by the Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
家 Jiā – family 有 Yǒu – to have/there is/are 口 Kǒu – measure word for counting people in a household 奴儿 Nú er – daughter 几 Jǐ – how many 岁 Suì – year old 了 Le – particle to indicate change 今年 Jīnnián – this year 多大 Duō Dà – how much age
你今年几岁了 Nǐ jīnnián jǐ suì le？ How old are you this year?
我三十岁了 Wǒ èrshí suì le。 I’m 30 years old.
你儿子几岁了 Nǐ érzi jǐ suì le？ How old is your son?
她今年七岁了 Tā jīnnián qī suì le。 He is seven years old.
坤医生多大了 Kūn yīshēng duō dà le？ How old is Doctor Kun?
她今年四十岁了 Tā jīnnián sìshí suì le。 She is forty years old.