How good is your Chinese?
How well do you understand, speak, read, and write Chinese after doing this course.
AnEnlightenmentPLUS 好， 你会说中文吗？ I have been through the tree of Chinese Skill, Hello Chinese, and Duolingo. What you get out of a course depends greatly on what you put into a course. I should have repeated everything I heard, practiced making sentences, and so on. You want you to speak Chinese? Listen more Read more Speak more Write more if you desire to write Chinese characters. Practice, practice, practice
Before I breezed through the whole course, I learned a lot from my parents who mainly speak Mandarin and Taiwanese. I have traveled a lot throughout Chinese locations across New York and Taiwan, so I absorbed a lot of materials already emphasized in the course. In short, I am very independent and instrumental with the languages I am using both in real life and online.
However, since Chinese is not my first language, I would like to give you the full explanation of each ability before the course:
Speaking - Since I have been doing this for 20 years straight, I am more than familiar with the conversations and certain usages of vocabularies. My parents went through all basics by creating conversational exercises, such as
- 請告訴我15種動物。 (Please list [me] 15 animals.)
- 「近」的反義詞是什麼？ (What is the opposite of the word "near"?)
Reading - I have started this few years later. After I read elementary vocabulary books, I self-studied hanzis both from newspapers, movies and text translated in my mobile device.
Writing - Along with reading, I learn to type on the keyboard and write manually on the character-recognition pad. Both help me a lot by recognizing how sentences are formed, and why some common hanzis do not appear in articles.
After the course? Well-refreshed as before. Few important ingredients this course lacks are:
- Rigor: The course does not fully include all possible answers, which is an ongoing issue with learners who are new or familiar with Chinese language. Since Chinese language emphasizes the uses of hanzis a lot, distinct sentences may have common meanings. In addition, classic Chinese can occur in the translation, not only modern Chinese.
- Depth: This tree almost consists of simplified conversational statements that are used in real life. I would like to see different variants of the same expression, preferably in idioms.
Note: Not all people have the same paces of achieving certain levels of languages. For instance, I studied some in Duolingo, but since I am more interested in studying styles than memorization, I set myself some games, reading and writing materials in my target languages. More interestingly, I tend to focus on them other than English.
My nephew told me about Duolingo on January 20, 2018. I couldn't read or speak any Chinese, I only knew a few characters... mostly pronouns and numbers 1-10. It's been 8 months now. My reading comprehension is strongest. I'm can read on the Newbie level on my Du Chinese app. [I still have to look up words if I've never seen them before of course.] My listening comprehension isn't so good. They speak so fast and many of the words sound similar. However, since Duolingo has added lessons where they speak and you have to figure out what they're saying, I should improve there. My pronunciation, quite frankly...sucks. sigh Lingodeer lets you record yourself and play it back. It was painful to hear. But I will soldier on. Who knows what I'll be able to do in another 8 months!
I think your Chinese sentences is pretty good that I as a native can clearly get what you express;)
我不知道。 在开始学Duo Lingo以前，我用LongQ… OR 我开始学Duo Lingo以前用LongQ… You don't need more than one 我 here. 我有时候用GoogleTranslate…
And from what I've experienced that GoogleTranslation sucks.