Chinese is going good.
Yes I was that guy, but I ran into a little foo foo half way through
I did make a Palm version supermemo (www.supermemo.com) database for the 3000 most commonly used characters. I lost it last year (we’ll call it PC trouble) but a friend I gave it to asked me how he could give it to someone else on MSN about 2 weeks ago, I have it back now. So I’m trying again.
I’ve already gone through a little over 1000 characters and I’m pretty sure it won’t take more then half a year to finish the rest from where I am now (a lot of characters look almost exactly the same with different tones).
I can read the paper, but not very well. It’s still outside of my easy reading domain.
When I recovered from my foo foo (don’t ask ) my Chinese was good enough to do mostly everything I wanted to do (read: wasn’t as interesting to me), so I slowed down a lot. Something sparked my interest again, so I’m getting back into it.
Here’s my current Chinese learning History:
2 semesters in University using Integrated Chinese
1 semester of Chinese level one again
Another long break
Self Study in Taiwan for about a year (with 3 months of classes at The Mandarin Daily News in the middle)
Another Long break
2 semesters at Shida
Now back to self study using my elementary’s schools textbooks and supermemo. I think I’ll just work my way through elementary-high school textbooks at a leisurely pace now.
That all started about 5-6 years ago and I’ve been here for 2.
I’m not sure how to rate my current level but I can: read menus, signs and stupid messages that pop up in Windows (Chinese OS); call tech support and use Chinese (with a dash of English for vocabulary); watch cartoons , I’ve noticed that watching the news isn’t too hard, but it’s not as interesting as the cartoon channel is (it’s mostly the vocabulary that gets me, but the pictures help that)