Five years ago I started taking Chinese evening classes as a hobby while living and working in the UK. For the first two years I studied sporadically, blindly exploring different techniques without any real direction or motivation. However, over the last couple of years language learning has become a vocation and I have become increasingly interested in the process of self studying Mandarin to fluency.
In this blog I write about things I wish I had known at the beginning of my journey. I discuss commonly encountered problems and what I have done to overcome them. I also blog about ongoing frustrations.
At my current level I can have meaningful, long conversations with native speakers, read novels, and enjoy movies in Chinese. However I do not yet claim to be an accomplished Mandarin speaker. Instead, I blog as someone who is very much still in the process of learning. I hope by doing so I can create a valuable resource for other learners, particularly those self-studying from outside Mandarin speaking countries.
For an idea of my current level you can listen to the clip below which I recently recorded with my tutor discussing my progress.
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