19th February 2020 – Japanese

I continued reading the novel In the Pool. Its modernity makes a refreshing change from the books I’m used to reading. There are some words or kanji which I don’t know, but I just gloss over those and move on. They are few and far between, so they don’t affect my understanding of the story. The important thing is to keep reading and enjoy the process. I’m enjoying it so far!

19th February 2020 – French

I learnt verb + verb constructions. Some verbs are directly followed by an infinitive, while some have a or de/d’ before the infinitive. There doesn’t seem to be any rule, so I guess I just have to learn each one.

The grammar is getting more difficult, so it is taking more time. I notice there are even more irregular verbs coming up in my textbook…

I need to find more time for listening and shadowing. I should be able to do some over the next few days.

Total study time: 45 minutes – Grammar: 45 minutes

19th February 2020 – Chinese

I finished reviewing all the HSK level 3 grammar from the notes I made when I studied Chinese Grammar Wiki. I understand all the grammar now (well, with the exception of the “ba” construction”, so it’s a case of learning how to use it. That will come with practice. I’m thinking of going through each point again and making my own sentences. The sentences will relate to my own life, so they will be easy to remember. It will be time-consuming, but worth it.

But first, I think I’ll try to finish my conversation book. I’m going to go back to the beginning once I’ve finished and memorize the conversations so I can read them out loud without looking at the text. I did this when I learnt Japanese, and it was helpful.

Total study time: 45 minutes – Grammar review: 45 minutes