And on the basis of your input, I'd like to pose a challenge to all of you ...
Although I spend a lot of time planning my articles, it's really the comments from readers that enhance the message that I'm trying to share, and that give other readers a wider perspective on the topic.
If you subscribe to Mandarin Segments through an RSS reader or through email, you might have the original post delivered to you, but you might not know about the comments that have subsequently been added. The same applies if you just link here from my Twitter account, without seeing any later input.
So I'd like to challenge you to go back an re-read some older posts, and catch up on the debate. Here are some suggestions as to what you might be interested to read (although feel free to read more widely than this) ...
Heisig - the experiment
Back in August I decided to learn to read and write Chinese. A few short months later I had learned 1500 characters from Heisig's "Remember the Simplified Hanzi, Book 1" (affiliated link) and I am now able to read basic texts quite well. Here are some of the key posts along the way:
- Day 0: the start of the experiment
- Day 6: stats on my early progress
- Day 18: 500 characters: but what is hurting? and also: how much of a page can I read?
- Day 46: 1000 characters - how is my learning?
- Day 106: 1500 done!!
And some fun ...
- Why a meal is worth more to me than my grandmother...
- Pleasure while Practising
- Strangers on a train
- Delusions - when roadsigns become Chinese characters
- Do not scream!
So check out the posts, read the comments, and please feel free to leave more comments. I'd love to hear from you!
In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the holiday season - and a fantastic new year.
24 December 2009