30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 13—My first visit to a Korean hospital

I’m on a roll with this speaking challenge! This is day 13’s recording. I only recorded it today, even though I wrote it yesterday. I still can’t really talk about the topics without scripting them first, but I’m noticing that it just gets easier and easier to write my scripts. It also gets easier to read them out loud once they’re written! Anyway, this is my story about the first time I went to a hospital in Korea. Transcripts in traditional and simplified Mandarin follow!

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30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 12—My job’s a bit annoying sometimes.

Back on the 30-day speaking challenge! Today’s set topic was actually something else, but I wanted to talk about something that happened at work today. I like teaching, but sometimes kids are just too unreasonable!

Transcripts in traditional and simplified Mandarin are after the Read More!

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30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 8—Customer Service

Today’s topic was talking about customer service. My throat is not in the best condition these days, but I still made it happen today! Transcripts in traditional and simplified Mandarin after the Read More~

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30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 6—Why I’m learning Chinese

Today is day 6 of the speaking challenge, and the topic is talking about why we’re learning the languages we’re learning. So, here’s me talking about why I’m learning Chinese! As always, transcripts in traditional and simplified Mandarin can be found below!

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30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 4—Making a Murderer

Here’s my recording for day 4 of the speaking challenge that I’m participating in recently (even though today is day five… oops!). I skipped day 3 because the topic, which was talking about weekend plans, wasn’t very interesting, and because I was busy painting something nice for my Nana’s birthday. That’s neither here nor there, though!

This time, I talked a bit about a show I binge-watched lately. As always, transcripts in traditional and simplified Mandarin are below the Read More!

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30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 2—The city I live in

Here’s day 2 of my November speaking challenge!  This time, I talked a bit about the city I live in currently, as well as the city I used to live in. Transcripts in both traditional and simplified characters can be found after the Read More link!

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App review—LingoDeer Korean 2 (Beta test)

Happy Saturday, everyone! I was invited to beta test the new (more) advanced LingoDeer Korean levels. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! LingoDeer has in the past been my top recommendation for language learning apps*, and I have to admit that I was excited when news of the new levels dropped. Past experience has given me high expectations for the new levels.

I did the first four levels—titled “Impolite Form 1,” “Impolite Form 2,” “Will,” and “Suggestion” before taking the next two tests to jump to higher levels. I took notes on my experience based on a variety of things. As this is a beta test, I of course took notes of any bugs that I found (and reported them through the app as I encountered them). Still, even the smoothest language app is useless if its information is no good, so I also made notes about the presentation and utility of the material. I’ll take you through each level and the two tests so you can “experience” them in the proper order.

*Past LingoDeer reviews: Korean, Japanese, Japanese (exit), Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin Chinese (revisited)

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30-Day Speaking Challenge Day 1—Self Introduction

Hello, everyone! Tonight, I celebrate the revival of my site with my first recording for the 30-Day Speaking Challenge. For the next thirty days (or at least 15 out of those 30; I think realistically I will not be able to do all of the days), I will try to tackle a variety of topics in Mandarin. My reading and writing is alright, but my speaking… yikes!

Anyway, here’s Day 1: Self Introduction. If you follow the Read More/Continue Reading link, you can see a transcript in both traditional and simplified Mandarin.

Happy studying <3

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Bees is back!

Hello, everyone! Sorry I’ve been away for so long! I could bore you all with the many reasons my hiatus went on for so long, but I don’t think you’d appreciate it much (and it would be boring for me to write out as well). The important thing to know is that I’m back! Here’s a little rundown of some things I have upcoming for you all:

Coming soon

LingoDeer Korean beta test: I was invited to beta the new, more advanced levels. I’ll get into it and get started on a review as soon as the update drops (should be soon!). For those of you who don’t know, LingoDeer is a language-learning app that started with courses in Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese and is now branching out into other languages. My initial experience with the Korean course , my experiences starting and completing the Japanese course, and my brief dabble into the Chinese course at the request of the developing team were largely positive, and I’m very glad that the team is asking for my input again!

30-Day Speaking Challenge posts: I have decided to participate in the Huggins International 30-Day Speaking Challenge!  This is a challenge in which you try, for every day of a month, to speak on a certain topic in the language you are trying to learn. I am focusing on Mandarin because, while my reading and writing are decent-ish, my speaking is not that great. I’m working on it, though—I found a Chinese language meetup in my area, and the others there are absolute GOALS FOR DAYS—and I thought that pushing myself to do this challenge would really help me! I will post MP3 files of my recording for the day, as well as a transcript, here on my site. I might not hit every single day, but I want to try to get at least 15/30 complete.

What about the Korean posts??

I am mostly focusing on Mandarin these days. That said! Korean is a huge part of my daily life, and I will keep on studying that as well. Once I get back into the groove, I will try to put out more grammar posts and article translations. Korean is my number 1 language love <3

 

Thank you all for being so patient. As always, happy studying!

Coming out of a study slump

Happy Saturday, everyone! Today I would like to talk about an inevitable part of language learning that I’m 99% sure everyone hits eventually—the dreaded slump! Maybe you’ve hit that intermediate plateau and feel like you just aren’t improving no matter what you do. Maybe you’ve been stressed out and have had no time to study and, when you find you do have free time, you can’t really get back into the language stuff. Or maybe you just find that brand-new-language excitement is wearing off. Whatever the reason, slumps are too real, and getting stuck in one can turn into a de-motivational cycle in which you take time off from studying, you feel like you’re getting worse and there’s no real recourse so you take more time off… and so on.

But! There are ways to get yourself out of that hole. Of course, everyone has their own different methods, but these are my own recommendations.

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