In my Chinese University classes, all we do now for us advanced students is learn more and more vocabulary. It gets really tiring when you open your textbook and just memorizing huge quantity of words that you probably won’t use often, but will probably need to know if you eventually want to become fluent in Chinese and read Chinese books, etc.
For example, for this school semester that has just started here in America, I have learned words like “super”, “final competition”, “advertise intensely”, “To unfold before one’s eyes”, “Miss World” (as in the beauty pageant), "“to sightsee”… The list goes on and on and on…
I’m glad we are learning all of this, but at the same time it’s hard to keep my enthusiasm high for learning Chinese when there are sooooo many technical words that you just have to sit down, memorize the pinyin and the characters, and move on. It gets really tiring.
So what do you guys do to keep yourself motivated and learning all those technical words? Do you just casually study them so that you don’t burn out? Or do you guys just stick to your dictionaries instead of learning a crap load of technical words.
I want to eventually read some books in Chinese. My level of grammar is fine, but my vocabulary is so low that any Chinese book I try to read would bore me to death, and would require me to be glued to my dictionary.
So what’s the key? How do you learn a mass amount of vocab?