2023 March Update

March 8, 2023

During the first two weeks of learning Mandarin, I actually stayed away from Pimsleur and trying to produce output. Instead, I’ve focused on getting comprehensible input. I’ve particularly enjoyed the first 9 videos of the playlist below, which is a collection of stories for beginners. The creator does a great job of using pictures and known situations to facilitate understanding. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc5ycSdk5oS0UAmyC5voxCJD_wQa3hmyT I also set up a Pinyin keyboard on my laptop and desktops using fcitx5. ...

A First Go

February 19, 2023

I have begun learning Mandarin Chinese. My rough plan is to begin with the audio only program Pimsleur, and later to augment my learning with Chinese media, iTalki lessons, and formal textbooks. Any resource suggestions are appreciated at firstname.christoffersen (at) colorado (dot) edu. I plan to post a monthly summary of what I have learned, primarily in an attempt to track my progress.