27th March 2020 – Chinese

I did the last few pages of my HSK level 3 textbook. The unit was about conditionals. It was straightforward enough. I then did the practice listening test at the back of the book. I got some questions wrong, but could understand more than before.

I’m going to go back over the practice test book now in the lead up to the test, and work on my conversation with my teacher.

Total study time: 45 minutes – Grammar: 30 minutes, listening test: 15 minutes

26th March 2020 – French

I did negatives, interrogatives, and adverbs with the passe compose. I need more practice than the book is giving me. I also did the passe compose with etre, as in the verbs that are conjugated with etre. More study needed. I have a French verb book waiting for me when I finish this one, which will give me more practice, but now that I know the basic rules, I think it’s time to start expanding and using other resources. Graded readers would be useful.

Total study time: 45 minutes – Grammar: 45 minutes

26th March 2020 – Chinese

I studied units 22 and 23 from my HSK level 3 textbook. Unit 22 was about experience and the future, and unit 23 was about cause and reasons. They were quite straightforward and easy to understand. Using them is another matter. The further I get with this book, the more I realise that I need extra supplementary resources to cement what I’m learning and to give me more practice. But first things first. Pass the test.

Total study time: 45 minutes – Grammar: 45 minutes

25th March 2020 – Japanese

I watched an interview with a director and actor of a film that I’m going to see over the weekend. The film is a documentary about Mishima Yukio. I’ve read some of his novels and find his life fascinating. Watching the interview was good listening practice. I really must get back into my cosmetics exam textbook soon though.

Total study time: 30 minutes – video interview: 30 minutes

25th March 2020 – French

I watched an interview with Simone de Beauvoir. I wanted to see how I was progressing. I watched the interview with English subtitles, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I could pick words out as I was listening. I wouldn’t have understood it without the subtitles, and probably wouldn’t have picked out so many words. It was good motivation to see how far I’ve come and how far I’ve got to go. Back to the books tomorrow.

Total study time: 30 minutes – Video interview: 30 minutes

24th March 2020 – Japanese

I have been away for a few days, so haven’t studied my cosmetics exam book for a while. I was going to get back on it today, but there was an English novel I really wanted to read. It’s important for me to read in English because this is the language I translate into. I haven’t done much English reading this year, so I decided to take a few days off the cosmetics exam preparation and read some English.

I’m translating a lot these days, so I’m still keeping in contact with Japanese.

24th March 2020 – French

I have been away for a few days and did no study during the time I was gone. I got back on it today though.

I studied the passe compose. I took it slowly, learning each of the regular past participles for each kind of verb. I think I’m just going to have to learn the irregular past participles. I managed to get most of the exercises right so I was pleased with that.

I didn’t move on to negatives, interrogatives and adverbs with the passe compose. That’s for another day!

I only managed 30 minutes today. Hopefully I will get more done tomorrow.

Total study time: 30 minutes – Grammar: 30 minutes

24th March 2020 – Chinese

I went away for a few days, and didn’t do any study. I got back onto it today though. I did units 20 and 21 in my HSK level 3 textbook.

Unit 20 was about the present continuous an the continuous aspect. There are so many ways to express the present continuous in Chinese. I need to practice using them to get used to the patterns.

Unit 21 was about the finished action and change. Both use the particle “le”. I have trouble with this. I understand the concept, but using it is a different story. I think understanding which “le” is used (finished aspect or change aspect) is just something you have to get used to and to a certain extent guess from context.

Total study time: 1 hour – Grammar 1 hour