https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

What to do next after Duolingo?

I'm just wondering what I should do after I finish the Chinese Duolingo (golden) tree? I haven't finished though but my daily target is to have 1 gold lesson per day which means i will finish in 3 months.

Here is my plan, I'm doing plan 1

  1. Finish Chinese Tree in Duolingo

  2. Finish Hello Chinese

  3. Learn HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) 1-2-3-4 (I will buy textbooks to learn at home by myself because class is too expensive)

Does it sound a right track? My biggest Chinese target is to master Chinese communication (speaking and listening) in 3 years!!!

Thank you for reading my question. Have fun learning guys!

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

I will take a look of them later. I'm having a crazy exam week now :)) Thank you Ed Chan And 1 lingot for you ^^ I don't have many of them so hope you like it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rose.boi
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Here's 120 more lingots.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

You are so generous. You make my day much much greater as usual!! You remind me how beautiful the world outside is. Thank you and thank you. I hope you enjoy learning duolingo!!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cinn512296

Interesting, saved for later.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AjTamla
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谢谢

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoDutra
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Keep using Duolingo! Conquer all crowns! Watch real Chinese series on this website: https://www.viki.com (very useful). Use the language every day!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Thank you so much!! 1 lingot as a present for you ^^ I will watch it after this deadline assignment and exam month

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Justin95502

Wow! That's a lot of languages you've learnt, you earned my respect and a lingot

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/diegovillanueve
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I think that start to speaking soon is the most important thing. You'll grow your Chinese skills faster ;)

Good luck

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

I have a lot of Chinese friends :)) I start to speak with them but just some simple sentences. I still can't understand 90% when they speak somethings with their Chinese friends

Thank you! Have a great day Diego!! And 1 lingot for you ^^ I don't have many of them so hope you like it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NWTraveler

You have a solid plan in place and speaking with native speakers will teach you soooo much more than even Duolingo. With that said, friends and co-workers tend to be terrible at helping in my experience. They want to rush you and try to teach you new words and phrases in a random manner. In addition, they will switch back to English when it becomes difficult. Strangers on the other hand just want to try to communicate and will slow down and be patient with you. I travel frequently to Latin America and have learned more Spanish from strangers on my two week trips than I have from my co-workers that live in the same places and I converse with daily. If possible, find people that only speak Chinese and try to speak with them. You will be surprised how fast you pick up new words and phrases when there is no other option than to try to figure out what they are saying. Best of luck!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MansfeldMP

It's sound like a decent plan. :)

I would suggest to add Clozemaster after finishing Chinese Tree - tool to increase your vocabulary.

For comparision, my plan is:

  • Get Golden Tree on Chinese
  • Switch to Clozemaster (Mandarin Chinese)
  • Meanwhile trying to change my so-ancient smartphone to a new one, to effectively use Lingodeer or other apps.
  • (Also) Meanwhile considering to pass HSL 1-3 exams.
1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Really good advice. Thank you Mansfeld. I will try my best to finish. And 2 lingots for you ^^ I don't have many of them so hope you like it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MansfeldMP

Thanks. 谢谢

Good luck with Mandarin Chinese! ^^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A-Self
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我想duolingo在学习旅途中,主要是作为一个愉快的开始。

当你完成它时,便有了实践的基础。

所以当你在开始 2 & 3 的同时,不妨试着与中文母语者去交流,包括口语和文字。

你可以学习拼音输入法,然后去网上与人交流。

许多APP,比如 WeChat 上有许多中国人,你可以去跟他们聊天,还可以发送语音。

加油,Good Luck :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Thank you A-Self. I still can't read your cmt and have to use ggl translate :)) I have a wechat account :)) Maybe after finish duolingo tree, I can know how to type lots of things than myself now. And 1 lingot for you ^^ I don't have many of them so hope you like it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eferioli
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A great way to learn any new language is to watch TV and read stories in the language. Try watching a Chinese show or movie with Chinese subtitles on so you can relate speaking to characters. Also if you know people who speak Chinese try to speak to them in Chinese as much as you can. Doing that will help you a lot with vocab and grammar.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

I don't have much time right now cuz a lot of assignment need to be done this month. I will try to watch movies after this month :)) Thank you so much. Here is a lingot for your nice cmt

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/myreles
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it would be a good idea to do the tree from chinese to english

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

I will consider that after this course, thank you Myreles. Here is a lingot for you ^^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MiguelGalv278720

It seems like a great plan, would add to practice watching some Netflix series but I think that as long as you follow your own plan it´s gonna be great. Here´s a lingot for you. Congratulations and go on!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Thank you so much. Have fun with your learning too. Here is a lingot for you <3

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gia865623

I think you should also try out an app name chineasy card. It an great app it helps you to learn more word, I’ve already try that app

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Thank you Giaa

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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你看中国的YouTuber吗? 你可以练习你的listening。

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JennyLi764566

My family is Chinese so here's my advice. Study daily and try hard. If you enjoy learning, you should have your goals completed in no time.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Thank you Jenny. I don't have much time to study like a whole day but i try to spend 30 mins - 1 hour per day to play duolingo :)) I'm really looking forward to see myself in the next 3 years. I hope Miley in the future can fluently speak chinese like her English :))) 1 Lingot for your nice n friendly cmt ^^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/littylitness

Sounds solid to me! Worth a lingot :)

Gotta say though ... I'm a longtime 普通话speaker. spending summers in China! I use Duolingo just to brush up, & sometimes it's kinda inaccurate or very formal. The most important thing is conversation and pronunciation!! So WeChat, CCTV, and 大佬甜er (China-based makeup artist. youtube!) would be great starters.

If you're ready to branch out into Chinese novels, start with 马小跳. AP World crunch time here, so can't link right now, but it's a super popular children's series in China. Very funny & you'll learn tons of everyday expressions/idioms! Get it from a Chinese book publisher. 女生日记 is from the same author, but it's rather intermediate since it's aimed at middle-grade audience.

By the way, do practice writing Chinese with correct order of strokes! It'll be hard, but worth it! Also, if you're lucky enough to live near a Chinatown or with native Chinese speakers . . . absorb & hope this helps!

edit: listen to Chinese music! crazy rich asians soundtrack!!!!!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Thank you so much. There are so many many things in your cmt but i haven't reach that level yet. I will try to finish my tree as soon as possible (but in an appropriate time so my brain can remember) :)) Thank you so much. Your cmt is worth for lingots too ^^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maddy8924

I would suggest using apps that help you connect with native Chinese speakers lol, I plan on doing the same thing as you since my grandma wants to take me back to Taiwan.

I use Hello talk if that helps hahaa

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Haha thank you. I have wechat. And in my college school, there are a lot of chinese friends ^^ Everyday i ask them some basic phrase to say in chinese. For ex: I'm so sleepy and i want to sleep :)))) I just ask randomly some thing i want to say haha Here is a lingot for your nice cmt

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arsonorin

Just keep sticking on Duolingo. Work hard by challenging yourself with every DAY! Show yourself with Hundreds of days in A ROW! and people all around will respect that and look at awe!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

Yeah i am challenging myself for 100 days ^^ I’m in my 14 days, which mean half of a month already, time passes so fast :)) i’m looking forward to seeing myself in the next 2.5 months. Chinese tree have 88 courses so I am trying my best to have the golden tree in streak day 88. Thank you for your encouragement!! Have fun with your learning

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Koolest
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I think this is a really good idea! Go for it!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/froggie3802

Hi smileyttn!

I know you've said you have a lot of Chinese speaking friends but if you're looking for an app or anyone else is, I like Tandem. It is an app in the Apple Store. I am not positive they have it for Android or not. You enter your native language and the language you want to learn. You can then search for and match with people of the opposite language. e.g. you speak native English and want to learn Mandarin, they speak native Mandarin and want to learn English. They have really great features like the ability to correct the other's messages and grammar mistakes. It is a great way to collaboratively learn. The other suggestion I have is Du Chinese. It is an app with articles to improve your reading. There have been a lot of great suggestions here but these were two not mentioned.

I encourage you to take the HSK(Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) 汉语水平考试 Exams. I have passed Levels 1 and 2. I am actually taking Level 3 this weekend! Please let me know if I can be of any help! I will be following this thread if you post here.

Best of luck! Here's a few Lingots too.

Froggie3802

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner
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Wish you luck if you keep to your plan you will be fluent I am learning Chinese as well, could you please describe the text books to me?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smileyttn

You can search it in google. There are a lot of file pdf to see (the quality is not good though). But as far as i can know, HSK 1-2 is for beginner, HSK 3-4 is for intermediate, and HSK 5-6 is advanced. If you want to work/study maybe in China, you need to have HSK5! :)) So I think my goal is basic daily communication only, not to study further in academic Chinese language. So I’m heading to HSK1234! You can buy the book from amazon or ebay. The price is around $35

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelBaboS

I'm studying Korean, Chinese and English. I liked your study plan and you inspired me. This is hard study but in the end comes the result. I want to work in china, I have hsk 1 but now I am studying for hsk 2 and topik 1.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner
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thanks i will look into it

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diego.Alvarez.7

Find as many Chinese friends as you can, and practise with them. When we learn a language we must use it. Speak as much as you can. 加油!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EddieKane1906

Following

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stephenbay1
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That would be the best plan; but, in reality, studying like that will just burn you down. Instead, it would be of utmost import of living the language as opposed to just "studying" it. I do not mean that you should not study at all, quite the contrary as it furthers what you know, rather you should USE it. In my 4 or 5 years of learning languages that has been the best way. You should chat with people who also study Chinese or are already fluent in it, you should watch movies and series, try to read every time you have the chanve (Yes, I know, characters are hard, but you would not be able to retain it if you do not use it, always try searching for reading materials and try to search out characters that you know, this will make you remember. And oh! Flashcards is a nice and neat tool for such), and LIVE the language. Yes, it will take you a lot of years to be in a native level, but to be fluent is easier and fluency means that YOU COULD communicate in a way. So, I suggest that aim for a high level under 3 or 6 months. Always lay out what you wanna learn. One more thing, THERE ARE TONS of "would be" reasons for you not to learn for a while, but never attend to such. That was my attitude when I tried learning French. I always thought that I could always do it tomorrow due to school works, friends, etc. but eventually I failed and it is only now that I could really learn it. I learned Italian in 2 years, Spanish in 3 months, German in a year (Though I keep repeating it because it is a hard language you know. Hahahaha) because I just keep doing it everyday, no matter what and no excuses. I always try to spend 2 hours to a whole day using the foreign languages that I have learned and I am learning and that is the only fool proof way. Lastly, you would always feel at first that you could not really learn X language because it is hard or due to the reason that you have put up a lot of time learning it, but you still could not use it, BUT when you reach the sweet spot of you using the language after months or years, it is already an achievement because it would just go on and on and one day it would just feel natural to use a foreign language that you have been learning.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdwardBarb9

idk

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

What is Hello Chinese?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelBaboS

App

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MengLing
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If you don't mind paying a bit, I'd recommend taking lessons on . iTalki. A lot of the lessons are pretty cheap (like $15-$20 an hour depending on the teacher). Having friends to speak to is of course a great idea, but I also think it is helpful to be able to speak with someone who is trained to teach the language. Plus, I feel that having a teacher not only helps with guiding the process as you move from beginner to intermediate, but it can also help to provide motivation when studying.

In any case, best of luck with your language learning journey! ^_^

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StephenWayne

Certainly sounds like you are dedicated! Thanks for the post it lead to a great discussion that provided me with some good links and materials to try. I downloaded the Hello Chinese app you mentioned. It looks pretty good. I also have Chinese skill, don’t know if you have tried that one. I learned Spanish before but Chinese seems more difficult. I suppose it’s what they say, it just takes time and lots of practice. I tried an intensive learning program for Spanish but I soon realized there is only so much that my brain can absorb in a day. It wasn’t until I lived in Spanish speaking countries where I had to use it every day that I really began to internalize the language. Good luck with your studies and have fun!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyndon889458

just keep it up ,you will have mastered one day

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