I did a search but nothing came up for what I’m actually looking for.
So, here’s the problem.
First off, I use the Shi Da series and I’m on chapter ten of book one. I initially just went and did it myself - taught myself by learning the MPS system for pronunciation instead of pinyin. The reading and writing came rather naturally to me and I have no problems there whatsoever. I can remember all the characters I learnt and I can write them from memory. When I speak (I’m told) my tones are reasonably good. I also have no real problem there.
The BIG problem is listening. Obviously in a conversation you don’t have the leisure as with writing and reading where you can “figure” out the meaning before proceeding with an answer. So my listening abilities are very poor. I have now recruited a private teacher, but after each lesson I’m left feeling a little stupid, because I have real difficulty understanding what her meanings are, especially when she introduces the odd new word.
Funny thing is, I have little problems with conversation in the pub when I’ve had a drink or two, and I even once had a nice 45 minute conversation with a cab driver…
But, other than that it just seems like I’m a complete numb nuts when it comes to listening comprehension.
I have purchased a MP3 recorder in which I record the conversation in the book, and my chinese lessons and listen to them over and over.
What else can I do to improve my listening comprehension?
Please :help: … I’m getting really frustrated and just so wish I can get muself up to a decent conversational level so I can effectively communicate with folks without looking (and feeling) like a complete dumbass. "ti bu dong…