Chinese New Year 2-a-Day Takeout

 

The goal is to learn a lot of Chinese with the minimal amount of required dedication as possible. I’ve heard too many stories of people giving up on languages just because they couldn’t commit to practicing it. With this program any busy body or slacker can take full advantage of learning with the least strain of dedication. The plan stretches out evenly over 52 weeks (1 yr); using the first 9 weeks to learn new words and the other 43 to learn new sentences. The goal’s equation is 43 weeks x 14 new sentences = 602 sentences a year. That’s an average of 3,010 words for a year in total! Most language programs aim for a 1,000 to 2,000 word vocabulary after completion; my program allows you to use an extra 1,000 words with ease!

The Takeout

Create flash or index cards that allow you to read vertically by flipping from top to bottom/bottom to top. This portion of the program can be achieved within the first 9 weeks of the year. Use a beginner book, CD, DVD or website to copy down your first 350 words to know. Copy down no more than 5 new words a day. For example; a vertical list of Chinese words on one side and a vertical list of the English translations on the flip side (it will appear upside down when turned over horizontally so flip up/down, vertically, instead). As your card stack grows so will your memory of your first few words in your new language! Look up Harry Lorayne’s Memory System, this can help you connect any dissimilar language with English in a short time. Don’t stress grammar or pronunciation just yet, you’ll get to that later. Just test yourself as the weeks progress and the memory will kick in to help you!

The Delivery

See how it sounds in person! Use an audio CD, CD ROM, DVD, or online language course to hear and pronounce to tones and the accent of your new language. This is a chance to get interactive about it. Record yourself and play it back using a digital recorder, a cell phone or your computer; pronouncing a couple of words in your new language. See if you sound like the teacher. Aim to get the vowels and words that cover the entire language’s alphabet,tones, and/or phonetic chart. See how it sounds when a man is speaking and when a lighter voice of a women is speaking. Compare it to your own voice. This should be done anytime throughout the first 9 weeks of the program.

Extra Delivery!

Now it’s time to write in Chinese! Once your are done with the first 9 weeks of building your basic vocabulary and pronunciation you can be more than confident in learning 2 new sentences. Using your beginner book, CD, and/or internet language tool copy down just new 2 sentences a day (2-a-Day Takeout). For languages like Chinese use a beginner book, CD ROM, or translator website that has both the English alphabet version of the sentence and the sentence in the alphabet or characters of your new language. Start the day by writing them up on the wall where you can see them (a dry-erase marker on your bedroom mirror works fine) in both the English translation and in your new language. Think of the 2 sentences as 2 new nuggets of knowledge to recite throughout the day. Recite them quietly to yourself like a poem or song. Review these 2 sentences at the end of the next day; see if you can guess them within out checking. Make a list of audio recordings of each of your 2 new sentences you’ve learned; listen to it to test and practice. Now would be the best time to look up the grammar rules of your new language; not to memorize them entirely but to help when you feel like writing your own 2 new sentences without copying from something else. Use it to look up parts of speech that don’t exist in English and see what they are used for in your new language (Chinese has a couple of those). Keep a checklist of your progress and in little to no time you’ll have close to 600 new sentences memorized by Christmas!

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