New Chinese book

I bought a new “Ondoku” Chinese study book. “Ondoku” is Japanese, and means “read aloud”. I already have the French book in this series, so I bought the Chinese one. (I also bought the Korean one for when I study Korean.) Each unit is short, with a series of sentences to read aloud, and then there is some vocabulary practice. I haven’t started it yet, but am hoping to start soon. I need the listening practice!

18th March 2020 – French

I didn’t do much grammar today. I have been spending most of my study time on grammar at the expense of shadowing and listening.

I just did describing people with avoir + definite article + part of the body, and pains with avoir mal a + le/la/l’. There was no explanation as to why aux and maux appear – Elle a mal aux mains, and Je souffre de maux de tete frequents. I’m assuming it is a plural contraction of [a] and [les] but an explanation would have been nice.

I then did a reading comprehension passage from the grammar textbook (I understood the main gist) and did some shadowing using Easy French Reader. I hadn’t done any shadowing for a while, so it made a change.

Total study time: 45 minutes – Grammar: 30 minutes, shadowing: 15 minutes

18th March 2020 – Chinese

I did unit 19 from my HSK level 3 textbook. It was about comparisons. Quite easy to understand. I then did a listening test from the book. I got most of the questions right, but there was a lot I didn’t catch or understand. I understood the scripts no problem when I read them, so it’s not the vocabulary or grammar I need to work on, but getting up to speed with the listening. I should do more listening between now and the exam in June.

Total study time: HSK textbook: 45 minutes