New French books

I bought two new French books. They are both published in Japan, so all the explanations etc. are in Japanese.

The first one is all about numbers. What a great idea for a textbook. It has lots of listening exercises to get used to numbers. If I start using it now, I should be used to numbers by the time the test comes around.

The other one is a “read aloud” book. It has sentences and words which you read aloud along with the CD. I’m looking forward to starting it. I already use a reader for shadowing, but that one has long(ish) passages. This one has short sentences.

I have two more books on the way too. I won’t be short of study materials for a while!

28th February 2020 – French

I studied the partitive article today. I think I’ve got it, but I’m still making basic mistakes in the exercises, like not contracting le/la or de before a vowel.

My idea to do 10 pages a day from the dictionary of words for the French exam didn’t really work. I’m forgetting the words. So, I’ve decided to write out each word and the example sentence. I read the sentence aloud as I write it. I did five pages today. If I keep that pace up, I will almost have finished it by the time my exam comes around. We’ll see.

Total study time: 1 hour – Grammar: 35 minutes, vocabulary: 25 minutes

28th February 2020 – Chinese

I did unit 21 from my Chinese workbook. I think I’ll be doing a unit a day for the next month or so. There are 50 units. As I said yesterday, the content is simple, but I’ve forgotten a lot. It’s a good review of what I assume is on HSK levels 1 and 2.

I like the drills in the book – they help to reinforce each grammatical topic covered in the corresponding textbook unit. It takes me about an hour to get through a unit, so must be careful that this doesn’t take up all my study time. I need to do some listening too.

Total study time: Workbook: 1 hour