Practice Mandarin Every Day

Practice Mandarin Every Day

This email is an encouragement and a reminder that the only way to learn a new language is jump in with both feet and practice as much as possible.  Everyone has their own style of learning, so it’s best try lots of different methods to find the best fit. 
The most effective way to retain knowledge is to practice before you forget, because remembering reinforces neural pathways. To learn more about the neurology of learning you can check out this reference.

The frequency of practice is at least once a day. But, how to practice?

Here’s a example plan that starts the minute you leave the classroom ….

  • Day 1: Review the lesson as soon as possible, for example:
    • Listen to the dialog while reading the pinyin
    • Listen and repeat the words
    • Close your eyes and  comprehend w/o translating
  • Day 2: Do quiz A
  • Day 3: Do quiz B
  • Day 4: Watch a relevant video
  • Day 5: Do quiz C
  • Day 6: Play the flashcards from the course page
  • Day 7: Preview the next lesson (Listen to dialog and vocab)

Here are a couple videos relevant to our Mandarin One, Lesson One:

Here are a couple of excellent references for learning pinyin and pronunciation