What I Learned This Week - November 29, 2019
This week, I finished 3 lessons on Duolingo - Greeting 1, Numbers, and Name. I am almost done with Greeting 2, and I’ve started Food 1. I’m hoping I can pick up the pace a little bit, and my future updates should be more detailed as I start to take more thorough notes on them.
Things to Accompany Duolingo Chinese on Week 1:
As I mentioned before, Duolingo’s pronunciation is pretty terrible. I have to go to Forvo to make sure I’m saying words and phrases correctly, and this is extra necessary because I can’t hear the tones in Duolingo’s pronunciation. Here are some pronunciations that will be useful for these lessons.
This podcast was really helpful to hear the tones and to get a breakdown of the sentence “What’s your name.”
Other Helpful Materials
There is a set of 7 consonants that are hard for me to pronounce. This video was helpful for learning how to pronounce them (though I would skip through it as a lot of it isn’t useful). Here are the quick takeaways:
|Chinese Sound||English Sound|
|r||measure (or Asia)|
Setting Up Your Keyboard to Type Chinese
You want to be able to type in Chinese (obviously). Here is how to set up your Mac’s keyboard to use pinyin.
I send updates on my progress every Saturday.