100 Days of Chinese Challenge: Day 75

First of all, I can't believe how close I am to finishing this challenge. It has been a little over three months already. More than the stats about how much time I've put into Chinese this year (61 hours), what has surprised me the most is how much visible progress I've made. In terms of... Continue Reading →

100 Days of Chinese Challenge: Day 50

So, on Sunday I reached the halfway point in my Challenge. If you read the last post, you probably saw that I was also part of italki's February Language Challenge. First of all, I think it's pretty awesome that I hit that 16 hour mark. Yay! However, keeping up conversation classes everyday wasn't economically feasible... Continue Reading →

100 Days of Chinese Challenge: Day 30

If you've read my posts from the beginning of the year, you probably saw that I started a 100 Days of Chinese Challenge back in January. I did a check-in at the 10 day mark and saw that the challenge had been working at least in getting me started. Now, a month in things are starting... Continue Reading →

100 Days of Chinese Challenge: Day 10

It's time for the first update of my 100 Days of Chinese Challenge. In this post I will tell you what I have been doing and how I have survived these first 10 days. In general, the conclusion is that I have been practicing a lot of Chinese! Let's see some numbers... Totals According to... Continue Reading →

100 days of Chinese Challenge

After a mini vacation from Chinese during the holidays, there's no better way to jumpstart your language learning than joining a language challenge. It's a surprisingly motivating manner of keeping you on track while leading a busy life. For me, it's about making sure I put in the time necessary to feel comfortable about working... Continue Reading →

Podcast Review: 狗熊有话说 第260期

Since my new method of studying is doing transcriptions and using them to improve my listening I figured I might as well share them with you and also use this opportunity to review the podcast. A bit about 狗熊有话说I have listened to a couple of the episodes of this podcast, also known as Bear Talk (or... Continue Reading →

Breaking through a plateau

For those who've been learning a foreign language past the beginner stage, you might have heard of plateauing. It's that dreaded time when you seem to not be getting anywhere, stuck at one level. The most common stage of plateauing happens at the intermediate level and it's frustrating because you feel like at that point... Continue Reading →

italki and Speaking Success

Take-off After reading a lot of Olly's blog and listening to his podcasts, where he makes compelling arguments in favor of getting a tutor, I finally committed to paying for one-on-one classes through italki in February of this year. Since then, I have been diligently taking an average of 1-3 weekly lessons for 8 months. And... Continue Reading →

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