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Hi guys! My name is Rui. Welcome to Chinese Top Words. Today, we are going to cover, “What are Your Top 10 Language Learning Goals for the Year?”.
1. 我要学完ChineseClass101.com上的基本短语系列,每天听两课。 (Wǒ yào xuéwán ChineseClass101.com shàng de jīběn duǎnyǔ xìliè, měi tiān tīng liǎng kè.) “I'll finish Survival Phrases series on ChineseClass101.com by listening to two lessons a day.”
Now, I’m studying Japanese and now I record Doraemon episode every day and I listen to it while I’m in densha which is Japanese subway. Listening to Doraemon is pretty fun for me.
2. 我要读完一本中文书,每天读十页。 (Wǒ yào dúwán yì běn Zhōngwén shū, měi tiān dú shí yè.) “I'll finish reading one Chinese book by reading 10 pages a day.”
I don’t remember I ever finished reading one book. I always pick out the part I’m interested in and I move on to the next book. Even I’m asked to write a paper or do any research project so if you can read one Chinese book by reading 10 pages a day, it’s a pretty thing to be proud of for me. I recommend a fairytale book, the Chinese ancient fairytale. It’s short and it’s fun and classic and we borrow some stories and make up some proverb based on that fairytale so it’s fun to read, it’s easy to read and it’s good for you to learn and understand the Chinese culture.
3. 我要通过中文考试。 (Wǒ yào tōngguò Zhōngwén kǎoshì.) “I'll pass my Chinese test.”
If you get a low score or if you don’t pass it, don’t let it discourage you.
4. 我要看懂一部中文电影,每天都看一遍。 (Wǒ yào kàn dǒng yí bù Zhōngwén diànyǐng, měi tiān dōu kàn yí biàn.) “I'll fully understand one Chinese movie by watching it every day.”
My favorite drama which inspired my interest in English learning is definitely Friends. I love Friends so much. I watch it like maybe 100 times and especially the funny part, I couldn’t get tired of watching it.
5. 我要用中文给我的中国朋友做一个三分钟的介绍。 (Wǒ yào yòng Zhōngwén gěi Wǒ de Zhōngguó péngyou zuò yí ge sānfēn zhōng de jièshào.) “I'll give a 3 minute introductory speech in Chinese to my Chinese friends.”
When I was young in maybe elementary school, when I was asked to do a self introductory, everybody kind of include their parents’ career. Even we are asked by our teacher, “What does your mom do? What does your dad do? Who do you like more?”, like that kind of question was often included in self-introductory speech.
6. 我要记住五首中文歌。 (Wǒ yào jìzhu wǔ shǒu Zhōngwén gē.) “I'll memorize 5 Chinese songs.”
I always heard complaint from my foreigner friends about Chinese learning especially learning Chinese songs because Chinese have tones and when you combine it with musical rhythms so they don’t know how to make the negotiation between the tones and the rhythms so it’s pretty difficult for them.
7. 我要记住ChineseClass101.com的抽认卡上面的三百五十个单词。 (Wǒ yào jìzhu ChineseClass101.com de chōu rèn kǎ shàngmian de sānbǎi wǔshí ge dāncí.) “I'll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on ChineseClass101.com.”
In my English learning, I never know there was a learning tool called flashcards, but now, I’m fully using it for my Japanese learning. I really like it. I strongly recommend you using it for your word memorizing.
8. 我要用中文给我的中国朋友写十张明信片。 (Wǒ yào yòng Zhōngwén gěi Wǒ de Zhōngguó péngyou xiě shízhāng míngxìnpiàn.) “I'll write 10 postcards in Chinese to my Chinese friends.”
I think in China now, we already forgot the concept, the existence of postcard. Yeah, now, we use WeChat or like QQ to send messages on the festivals, on your birthdays. We already forgot the existence of postcard, but I really like postcard because for reading somebody’s handwriting already feels very intimate. I really like that kind of close connection with somebody because if you read some message from WeChat online, everybody is the same, yeah. You don’t feel the handwriting. Everybody has their own individual handwriting which is a personality transmitted from that handwriting. I really enjoy reading somebody’s individualized, personalized handwriting.
9. 我要学会如何表述过去,现在和将来的事件。 (Wǒ yào xuéhuì rúhé biǎoshù guòqù, xiànzài hé jiānglái de shìjiàn.) “I'll learn how to talk about the past, present and future events.”
We just have to add different words to indicate their timing of that event. In this aspect, I think it’s so much easier than Japanese or English.
10. 我要学会使用一百五十个单词,每天记五个。 (Wǒ yào xuéhuì shǐyòng yì bǎi wǔshí ge dāncí, měi tiān jì wǔ ge.) “I'll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.”
For me, memorizing words is pretty easy no matter if it is English or Japanese, but mastering words is pretty difficult for me especially the context where I can use it. I think you’ll need a lot of practice for really mastering one word; otherwise, you’re going to make some jokes or mistakes or you’re confusing people.
Thank you for watching today’s Chinese Top Words. Let us know what’s your Chinese learning goal for this year and what you’re going to do to achieve that goal or you can share your learning tricks, your tips, your drill with us. Don’t forget to subscribe to ChineseClass101.com and I will see you again. Bye!