A good enough Sunday, crossing a 100 Hanzi!!

Long lazy Sunday , took advantage and finished off 22 Hanzi today to reach a total of *trumpets* 102!! i.e. end of Lesson 6 from RTH. Though if I were to write the words down they’d be gibberish, but then again I respect Heisig and Richardsons frequency list analysis.

Usually, I would recommend sticking to x number of Hanzi (or Kanji if you’re learning Japanese) where x is the number that leaves you slightly tired, challenged but satisfied. And x should also be in line with your goals. Since one of them for me is to finish RTH-I in 3 months, works out to 15 comfortably, BUT that doesn’t work out to 1500 Hanzi exactly so, the weekends or off days are to be taken advantage of to stretch yourself a little more. But as consistency is key, its important to space out these stretches. 95 is not a good number, 100 Hanzi would’ve rounded off well but I didn’t want to leave Lesson 6 hanging just on the account of 2 more so I pushed.

On the negative side, I haven’t made any progress on Chinese through 500 words this weekend at all. I did look at McCormick’s reccomendation on using the teach yourself series and am figuring out how to incorporate it into my study plan.

Also, at around lesson 5, Heisig gives you the breakdown on flash cards. I never believed in them mainly because I was too lazy and thought it was a waste of time to sit and create them. Also, have a look at the photos to see how I practice. Normally, reading the story, writing the hanzi 5 times (for stroke order) and then making a final list for the day works out well for me. But the trouble starts coming in after the first 50 Hanzi when the stories are supposed to tie in together. This leads to reviewing what you’ve studied previously and you’re back to flash cards. Hopefully in some posts I will jot down some of the more bizarre stories and the ones I used to replace them. And that’s bizarre not in the “ooh, this helps me remember because its so jarring” more like ‘ugh, utter nonsense and can’t figure the charachter at all”

But, you’ve got to love the internet and the labour of love that is Anki, and someone has put up the RTH deck, God bless his/her soul. Anki is an SRS program. The flashcards are the what to learn, the SRS is the how to use them. Anki will be something I can do at work hopefully.

Google these terms, also Khatz gives a great way to use SRS over at AJATT.

Goal for this week is to find great Chinese audio along the lines of the absolutely brilliant Notes in Spanish because I find it really annoying when the flow of Chinese is interrupted by English, one of the reasons I don’t use Pimsleur anymore but if you’re starting out learning a second language for the first time, it can be quite helpful.

The last image is me reaching 102!! That is also the style preferred, i.e. go from meaning to Hanzi. Later on, you can change that will revising in whatever SRS you use.

Go ahead, make my day..

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