27th February 2020 – French

I just did a bit of French, as I’m still feeling under the weather and wanted an early night. I did the verbs prendre and boire, and two exercises using those or similar verbs. I got quite a few wrong. I’m making basic mistakes, like not contracting “a” and “le” or “q” and “il”.

I’ve ordered two more books – one is all about numbers, and the other is for reading aloud. They are both published in Japan and are aimed at Japanese speakers. They should help with my listening and speaking.

Total study time: Grammar: 30 minutes

27th February 2020 – Chinese

I have finished my conversation books and HSK practice books, so I dug out an old textbook which I bought in Beijing in 2002. I found the accompanying workbook on Amazon last year, but only did the first 19 units. I did unit 20 last night.

It’s beginner level, but it’s a good review for me. I’ve forgotten some of the vocabulary, and I’m not used to making sentences with some of the grammar points. So, I’ll carry on with this for a while!

I thought I needed to do some listening as I haven’t done any for a while (except for when I’m driving), so I did the first 8 units of Mimi ga yorokobu, a Japan-published listening book.

Total study time: 1 hour – Workbook: 45 minutes, listening: 15 minutes

25th February 2020 – Japanese

I finished the novel In the Pool. I really enjoyed it. There were some laugh-out-loud moments. Now I’m wondering whether to start the second book of the series, read my new idiomatic expression book, or review the textbooks for the cosmetics and skincare exams. It might be too early to start reviewing. The tests are in May, so reviewing from April should be enough time. That’s if the exams go ahead – a lot of events are being cancelled over here due to the corona virus.

I’ll see what I feel like doing tonight.

Total study time: Reading: 1 hour