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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Can you forget everything you have learned in five weeks? Maybe not everything, but one student showed she nearly did.

The good news is that things came back to her quickly once she got back to her studying routine.

In case like this we understand a studying routine is so important.


Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I learned a few phrases Hindi and I found them so useful in India. I suppose the few phrases I uttered now and then brought out the best qualities of common Indian people.

And it is also true that if you repeat something for many times, it became natural for you.


Thursday, July 08, 2010

Babies are often observed of having amazing linguistic ability. It's sheer because of their repetition ability. Russell wrote about his daughter: At the age of eighteen months, when supposed to be sleeping, she was overhead saying to herself: "Last year I used to dive off the diving-board, I did."

Obviously, the whole sentence doesn't mean anything to her.

When we are learning as an adult, we still need this stage. The more important is the next stage: put known words and structures into a sentence which carries the meaning you intend it to. That requires a lot of power and manipulation.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Online Dictionary

Online dictionaries are wonderful things. I find I am using them more and more. They made self study a lot easier.

So far I find that online dictionaries are very good for word to word. The only short coming is that they don't provide a lot of examples like traditional dictionaries do. But that probably will change in the near future. For sentence to sentence translation, they are not very useful. Neither are the traditional ones in that aspect. Human brains are the best for that job.


Tuesday, June 08, 2010


Grammar is important, but it doesn't exist without language. The best way to practice grammar is to write essays and to have conversations.

I have seen people who are so absolved into grammar books, and forget that to study grammar is to make writing beautiful and speech clear.


Monday, May 17, 2010

The Weakest Link in Communication

There are so many forms of mis-communication. I think the worse one is that people don't listen. When it comes to using a second language to communicate, a terrible mistake is that people pretend they understand.

Listen and understand, which in Chinese is only one word 听懂, hold as the weakest link. And it is so easy to break.


Saturday, February 06, 2010

How To Improve Reading Chinese

There is a secret in improving your reading skills quickly. And that is to copy some texts constantly, over and over again.

You can fee you are getting better in a very short time, let's say, four weeks. You can tell by reading the subtitles on TV or movies, or reading the next article, etc.