29th April 2020 – French

I got back into studying today. I did sentences with indirect objects and direct object pronouns. I’m taking it slowly, so I just did the grammar in the affirmative. I will do the negatives tomorrow.

I then copied out five pages from my test vocabulary dictionary.

Total study time: 1 hour – Grammar: 40 minutes, vocabulary: 20 minutes

29th April 2020 – Chinese

I got back to studying today. I reviewed HSK level 3 vocabulary, and then listened to the first CD of the “Read Aloud” Chinese book. I didn’t use the book, I just focused on listening, and getting used to the sounds of Chinese again. Once I’ve finished reviewing the vocabulary, I’m going to start on the level 4 textbooks and vocabulary book.

Total study time: 1 hour 40 minutes – Vocabulary: 30 minutes, listening: 1 hour 10 minutes

New books

I got the official guide to the French exam for levels 5, 4 and 3. I am planning on taking level 3 this year, but looking at the practice tests that are in the book, I realise that I’m still level 5…. Got a long way to go! My test in June has been cancelled, so I have more time to study. I think the next one is in November.

I got two new Chinese books. I am studying for level 3 on the HSK test, but there is a high chance that it will be cancelled in June. So, I’m thinking about skipping level 3 and going for level 4. I bought three level 4 books – one is the official guide, one has practice tests in, and one is a workbook. I’ve studied the level 3 material multiple times now. Perhaps I will improve if I just keep pushing on and aiming higher.

21st April 2020 – Japanese

I finished reading Chocho Senkyo, so now I have read the whole series about the crazy psychiatrist and his nurse by Okuda Hideo. I enjoyed the series – it made a change from the dark 1960s murder mysteries I usually read. I do my Japanese reading before I go to bed, but for a while I might read some English books. Reading in English, my target language, is also important for translation.

Total reading time: 30 minutes