Learn Chinese Everyday
I’ve recently started to learn Chinese characters and have been using the site Learn Chinese Everyday. There are a lot of sites out there, but I like this one a lot because it chooses a character to teach you each day (weekdays only) and provides both simplified and traditional forms of the character.
You probably don’t know this about me, but as a child I attended Chinese School every Saturday for about 4-5 years. I never really got far with learning, and was constantly being placed back into classes with younger children. The problem was that most of the kids at the school already spoke Chinese and were just learning how to write the characters. I can write endless pages of characters as much as the next person, but learning how to use them really frustrated me. To this day, a 5 year old can totally crush me with their Chinese language knowledge.
In order to learn Chinese again, I’m relying a lot on the Mister and this Learn Chinese Everyday website. It helps a lot that the Mister is being quite helpful to me as far as answering questions on how to use a word, but it’s also unhelpful that he has a Beijing accent (which he says isn’t so strong, but I still think he’s making me insert unnecessary Rs into pronunciation). That said, he is really an invaluable resource as far as helping me learn how to use the characters I learn.
We’ll see how well this Chinese language thing goes. I was thinking of asking the Mister to institute a Chinese-only environment at home, but it’s quite unrealistic at this point since my knowledge is so little. We do try watching the Chinese news every so often, but I usually end up getting bored and switching it to a Korean or Japanese drama instead. I guess what I should do is just watch a lot of Mandarin dramas in the hopes that being exposed will help get me used to hearing words and sounds, which may help with my listening comprehension when my vocabulary catches up.