11th February 2020 – Japanese

I have finished the textbooks for the cosmetics exams I am going to take in May, so I’m taking a break before tackling the practice tests. I started reading a novel called Watasareta Bamen by my favourite fiction author Matsumoto Seicho. It got off to a slow start, but it’s starting to get interesting now that there has been a murder! I am going to read this for an hour every night, then when I finish, I’m going to start on the practice tests for the exams.

11th February 2020 – French

I studied prepositions of location, such as en face de, par, dans, devant, sous, sur, etc. I also studied prepositions of time and sequence, but there was quite a lot to remember, so I need to review this before moving on to the next section. which is interrogatives with prepositions.

I learnt apres + noun, avant de/d’ + infinitve, dans + time period, depuis + point in time or length of time, en + time period, etc.

I didn’t do any listening, so I must do some tonight. I’ll probably move to the next chapter of the vocabulary book. I also have a book called Mimi ga Yorokobu French, which is a book written for Japanese speakers who are learning French. The passages are short and there is a Japanese translation alongside, but it’s still a bit tricky for me.

11th February 2020 – Chinese

I spend an hour or so reviewing the notes I made last year when studying HSK level 2 grammar on Chinese Grammar Wiki. (If you are learning Chinese, I highly recommend this site.) I had forgotten some of the grammar points so it was good to refresh my memory.

I listened to the audio from a vocabulary book published in Japan. It has all the vocabulary needed from HSK 1 – 4. I listen to this in my car when I’m out and about. I am starting to pick out more and more sentences, which is good.

This is the book. It’s called “HSK grades 1-4 word training book” and is aimed at Japanese speakers who are learning Chinese.