Today I did some video of just me speaking as I thought I already have lots of partner videos for my 90 Day Mandarin Challenge.
Plus it is easy to frame a video and write a script to look good but I thought better to do something completely off the top of my head to show where I am at.
As you can see lots of hesitation and ums and errs. But I did get a point across I hope, whether it was my intended point I don’t know but sure others will jump in and tell me where I went wrong. 🙂
So what did you think? Improved? Let me know in the comments.
I mentioned an update there and to save you another video basically the update is that we are in the home straight now and all the footage from my chats will be made into something viewable and put out on or around the end of the 90 days.
I have lots of really nice footage coming plus I also have another final chat with Fiona from Chinese Pod.
The Chinese Pod update I am most excited about as they saw what I was like in Week 1 and so I really hope they see an improvement.
They are probably the best judge having seen me in person right at the start and again right at the end.
If you watched the the video you will know that I am getting excited about recognizing each word in a sentence.
This is amazing. With this I also have a new appreciation for the small talk of Chinese.
What I often would think as being nosy or gossipy is actually (unless I am getting ahead of myself!)just a way to break the ice and fill a gap.
For example people will ask if you have eaten lunch as you walk out of a restaurant. They will ask where you are going when you have a big bag of laundry and detergent.
So I appreciate this more now as I am hearing all the words and can see it from the inside of the language rather than on the outside.
Does that make sense?
Also more aha moments, so every day the more exposure I get the more I put two characters together and think aha! Like the sun is out and platform. If I take the sun character and the platform character I get balcony.
Now might seem like nothing but that happening every day is awesome and it also means I will never forget that because it was discovered.
One of the gems of Glossika is that it sets you up for these discoveries.
I am in need of a constant supply of people to practice with, so if you can speak Mandarin and for some strange reason are reading this blog then get in touch.
Resources For My Challenge
Chinese Pod – These guys are super awesome. Not only are they as nice and friendly in real life as they appear on their videos but the material is really useful and fills in many of the gaps discovered in daily life. Excellent for understanding how to put it all together.
Fluent In 3 Months – This is the site of Benny Lewis. The inspiration for the challenge. His forum is a great place to keep yourself accountable and build confidence in your language learning. Watch his welcome video here.
Glossika Mass Sentence Training – This is what has made all the difference for me. Using mass sentences allows me to learn lots of new words and easily remember the vocab and the usage. Absolutely ground breaking program from Mike the founder.
Mimic Method – Musical accent-training is a one-stop shop for everything a language learner needs to get months of practice speaking their target language. Honestly this guy! He speaks multiple languages looks like a model and has an awesome video on his page showing how his method works…I am honestly not jealous 🙂
Taiwan Government E Learning Portal – Online video to assist foreigners in Taiwan to learn standard Mandarin. Surprising how good this is!
FSI – Rumor has it that the US Government used this program. It’s all free so take a look, it has lots of languages available with a lively community.
Chinese Pod 100 Free Lessons – You can sign up for 100 free lessons and see if it works for you. I recommend it as it helps take what you have and make it practical for daily life.
Mimic Method Free Course – Take his FREE course here. Super entertaining and really unique approach.