4/2/16

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I guess I have gone a good long time without studying any more Chinese than a page of reading here and there -- so I Made a Plan, as I am always doing, to read a thousand pages in Chinese this year (they don't have to be long pages!) and watch 52 episodes of hourlong TV.

The first couple weeks of this, I was mostly just trying to get back my forgotten vocabulary, and remember all the very common hanzi that look totally different when they're traditional characters instead of simplified, but I realized even just while watching cheesy Taiwanese dramas that something clicked inside my head -- it was the difference between not being able to understand what I was hearing, even with English subtitles, even when I knew all the words, and being able to understand at least some of it, at least a little bit.

Which is tremendously encouraging when you feel like you've been at a plateau for a long time, and felt that none of the formal studying was actually translating into a better understanding of the language.

I will have to make a post soon about the New Improved Vocabulary System that I've implemented -- it's a bit high-tech (well, it's done entirely using Excel and VLOOKUP, so not THAT high-tech) and solves some of the problems I had been having of just making flash cards for every new word I encountered regardless of rarity.

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