Continuing Chinese after Duolingo
So I've used Duolingo for quite a while now to learn Chinese and whereas I love it and don't plan on changing it for my Chinese-commute schedule, I have been thinking of going a little bit deeper through some "serious study" :)
I can't really spend money on classes right now, so I've been scouring the web for some resources for a few hours. I'll just paste the links here in case you find them useful.
BUT, if you've also moved on/ thinking of doing so from Duolingo, what I would like to hear from you is what is the best way to do that. Maybe some more concrete METHODS. Personally I have found pre-made card decks for example a bit too easy or too difficult and overwhelming. Making a deck is a bit too time consuming. Dictionaries are good for words but they don't have example sentences. And then, how do you organize your vocabulary? Do you guys prefer excel?
I don't want to concern myself with listening/ speaking right now. I just want to build vocabulary and be able to understand and maybe write (type!) Chinese. I think once I get that down it will be a lot easier to improve on the other areas as well. But feel free to let me know if you think I'm making a terrible mistake here.
https://www.hackingchinese.com/ Tips http://chinesereadingpractice.com/ annotated texts https://www.chinese-breeze.com/ Tips http://www.archchinese.com/ tips and system and worksheets https://www.chinese-tools.com/ https://www.yellowbridge.com/ nice flashcards https://www.chinese-breeze.com/learn-chinese-vocabulary/ good idea on how to learn vocab http://hanzicraft.com/ deconstructing the characters https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:HSK_list_of_Mandarin_words HSK list of Mandarin words http://www.zein.se/patrick/3000char.html most common 3000 words https://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-words-really-fast/ deconstructing words and making stories to learn fast https://challenges.hackingchinese.com/resources/Beginner/ Big resource list/ search engine https://collections.uiowa.edu/chinese/topic_beginning.html Iowa test http://www.zhongwen.com/bushou.htm a kinda weird dictionary https://chinesepod.com/ audio https://www.writtenchinese.com/ dictionary https://learnchinese.club/ HUGE list of learning resources. https://teachyourselfmandarin.wordpress.com/ Good blog post about starting off "the hard way"
How about watching chinese movies with subtitles and following chinese public figures on weibo? Those are what I do.
LEGOO MANDARIN DAVID YAO -> He prides himself in his reading technique: https://www.youtube.com/user/LEGOOMANDARIN/featured?disable_polymer=1
Slow & Clear Chinese Slow & Clear Listening Practice 17 Video Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGAohsc-9JhXs5thbT8cxS_CdUYOuSQee
http://www.clavisinica.com/ff-list.html Chinese Reading
MandarinChineseSchool.com -> 3800 Useful Chinese Sentences https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL78DC203D1698FD8E
If you feel you completely understand Chinese and want to go even farther, you can read books, watch movies, or even visit China to get more experience with speaking Chinese. If you aren't really at that level yet, you can go to Quizlet and look for study sets. When I'm stuck on Duolingo, I usually study with Quizlet, and it helps me a lot.
I'm learning Chinese with books, as I'm not good at pcs. But it works. I passed HSK 5, I can communicate on WeChat (both write and speak) with Chinese friends, I can read Chinese novels now, even it is very slow. It's a great pity I can't understand 春晩 yet. Chinese TV dramas are too fast to understad, TV news are impossible to follow. I'm still struggling with these problems.Anyway learning with HSK books are not expensive and very helpful.