I did vocabulary listening today. One of the sections of the level 4 exam tests knowledge of tones, so I focussed on that. I also did some listening using my chants book.
Today was my first study session of the year. I studies some grammar points, mainly prepositions, and then did a test on the points. I got 19 out of 20 right, which I was pleased about. I also listened to my chants vocabulary book in my car. I need to work on my listening more.
I read through some more grammar points in my level 4 textbook and tried some of the questions. I got most of the answers right, but some were just guesses. I also did a listening test, and only got half right. I finished with my chants CD, repeating for about ten minutes.
I started using my new Chinese level 4 textbook. I started with the listening. I got just under half of the questions correct. I need to build my vocabulary, so next I studied some words from my vocabulary chants book. More input required! I also did a few pages of grammar. It was quite simple, but it was a good review.
I haven’t studied for a few days, so it felt good to get back into it. I did some grammar from my HSK 3 textbook, and some vocabulary from a new vocabulary book. The book introduces the words in chants, with music in the background. This is supposed to make the words easier to remember. I have ordered a book for another Chinese test – the Chinese Kentei level 4. The test is a Japanese one, and has more of a focus on grammar and vocabulary than HSK. I thought it would be a good idea to study that too.
I did unit 15 in my HSK 3 Standard Course textbook. I didn’t understand the listening at all. When I read along with the CD I could understand it, but when just listening I couldn’t catch most of it. More practice needed!
Now that my test is over, I’m back on the language study. I just did a bit of Chinese today – I studied the three kinds of “de” in my HSK 3 textbook. Getting back into it slowly!
My cosmetics exam is next week, so I’ve been focussing on that. I still have had time to read a Matsumoto Seicho novel, and keep my French study going on Duolingo. I had a streak of 80 days, but then got really busy and lost it.
I also decided to take the French a bit slower, and focus each week on a verb tense. I was getting confused with all the tenses – I was trying to memorise too much at once. I’m doing the imperfect tense this week.
I still listen to my HSK vocabulary CDs in the car every day, but that is all I’ve done as far as Chinese is concerned. Once the exam is over next Sunday, I’m going to get back onto my HSK 3 textbooks.
Spanish has been placed on the back burner – I’m not due to study it for another three years anyway, so I’m not too concerned about that. It’s more important for me to get back to doing more French and Chinese as I have exams in them next year!
I wasn’t going to do any study until my Japanese cosmetics test is over at the end of the month, but I couldn’t resist! I’m still listening to my CDs in the car every day, but today I did a unit from my HSK 3 textbook as well. It felt good to be back in the books!
I have two cosmetics-related tests in Japanese at the end of this month and at the beginning of next month, so I’m going to focus on those in November. I will continue restoring skills on Duolingo, and listening to my CDs in the car, but will only return to studying for the HSK when the cosmetics exams are over.