Since I wish to be conversationally competent through speaking by the end of January, I am learning Chinese by focusing mainly on listening comprehension. I’ve fallen off greatly recently, though I’m making a comeback.
I do tone recognition tests outside of LingQ to notice the patterns in intonation, and I also study grammar for around half-an-hour just as an extra exercise. Alongside the tone recognition tests, I also practice my pronunciation, though I really have the feeling that I’m eventually going to accidentally insult someone’s mother or something with my pronunciation lol
I listen to lessons several times while reading along in pinyin, and trying my best not to notice the characters I do know through exposure, because I feel like it’s cheating, when I notice the meaning of a word not through its sound or actual meaning, but through its character.
I’ve also found a language exchange partner, who used some expressions and words I took notes of, though we mostly communicate in English at the moment.
My biggest issues at the moment are finding interesting content that aren’t too slow, too fast or have too many words so I’ll have to click on third word like a donkey.
The Slow Chinese podcast has an abundance of interesting content, though it’s getting too slow for me. There are some YouTube channels that make lots of interesting videos (my interests being history (mainly medieval, Central Asian and ancient Near Eastern history) religion, languages, videos related to culture), though I struggle to keep up and create LingQs after importing.
Perhaps I should just not LingQ any word until I notice it in the audio while reading along? I’d like to know how you’re getting by in your studies, and as a specific issue, how you deal with fast content, or content with an abundance of new words.
I will keep you updated on this forum, if you wish to hear more about my progress, good luck!