Participation
in Character learning challenge, January 2015



120 minutes
2.0h
120 minutes
2.0h

review.. review..review.. (practiced writing on notebook)..for the complicated ones, I made Anki cards

120 minutes
2.0h

review of vocabulary from Chinese Reading World..

120 minutes
2.0h

2 units of Chinese Reading World (20 lessons) ...studied all new vocabulary

60 minutes
1.0h

A review of all the previously studied character for better memorization. (also looked at example sentences to further clarify meaning)

60 minutes
1.0h

Covered all new vocab in 'Chinese Reading World' unit 15.

60 minutes
1.0h

I read 小品六章 written by 郭沫若。 I found many complicated yet interesting words. Although I can't write all those characters 100 percent correctly, I can now at least read the words with confidence. (yes, I know the meaning too)

120 minutes
2.0h

Studied new vocabulary in the 'Chinese Reading World' (University of Iowa) website. (1 unit - 10 lessons).

40 minutes
0.67h

聃。Now I know 老聃 can mean either a 'father' or Laotsu (of 道德经). Now I know 摆设 has roughly the same meaning as 布置。It took some time to make the character 馨 (of 温馨) mine。 I have a clear understanding of 凶猛 and 生肖。I found out that 卡 can also mean 'lag' in an on-line game. I understand that 遥控器 is a remote control. 降落 and 起飞 are opposites. 皱纹 is a wrinkle. 透明 is an adjective meaning 'transparent'. 外贸 is a short term for 对外贸易。 丈母娘 and 岳母 are the same thing. 年迈 means someone who's very old. 谦让 and 礼让 means roughly the same. 接济 means to give material assistance to. 率 as in 直率 is pronounced as 'shuai4'.

45 minutes
0.75h

How do I tackle new words? First, find a list of vocabulary that I need to study. It would be helpful if the list contains the definitions of Chinese words both in Chinese and in English, complete with example sentences.
#1. First go through the new vocab with similar Chinese meanings. e.g. 故里(故乡), 出门(外出), 流行(盛行), 信任(相信), 归属(属于)。 In the above 5 examples, the definitions are shown in the brackets. Indeed they are very similar and straightforward. I could put these words away first thing.
#2. Then go through words which have a longer form when explained. 辛勤(辛苦勤劳)。 孝敬(孝顺尊敬)。 最初(刚开始时)。 加入 (参加进去)。不觉(没感觉到)。 故知(以前的好朋友)。 珍惜(非常爱惜)。 吃苦(经受痛苦)。
These again are very straightforward definitions which are easy to understand.
#3. Try guessing the meanings of new Chinese vocab if you are completely familiar with individual characters.
乡土、口音、朝代、信息。 The meanings of these words can be easily guessed.
#4. Use context clue to find out meanings.
衰:他大病刚好,身体还很衰弱。 (put emphasis on 弱)
凭:他凭着自己的努力获得成功。 (with 着 in mind, it is easy to guess 依靠)
出:上演一出戏。 (出 is between 一 and 戏 so it could be a 量词)
成员: 法国是"欧共体“成员。 (France, ECC and what else? yes! member!)

20 minutes
0.33h

from 吃糠咽菜,now I know what 糠 and 咽 is. in the word 疑虑, I always had a hard time writing 疑. At long last, I am somewhat familiar. 神色,神情 and 神气 all roughly mean the same thing. 零点 means midnight. In the word 间断,间 is the 4th tone, making it a 多音字。 The character 辩 from the word 申辩 was always hard to remember. I memorized 噙 from the 4 characters 噙着泪水。 乳名 and 小名 are the same, a child's pet name. 橘子 is another complicated word though the meaning is simple. 开胃小菜 is another interesting combination of characters. 葱花 is chopped green onion. I always thought 尴尬 was a difficult word; it no longer is. 糯米 is polished glutinous rice.




Challenge time progress:100.0%
Goal progress:73.8%
Score14.75
Rank9th
Hours reported14.75
Goal20h