Actually, I’m usually in the US, but right now I’m in CHINA! I had been wanting to learn Mandarin for a long time. When I booked a cheap(ish) flight to Shanghai for vacation, I decided there was no time better to start learning! I’m only 3 months in, but I’m surprised how much I’ve been able to learn in that short time. I’ve been listening to newbie lessons during my commute. Sometimes I do the extra vocabulary and exercises. I also use another app to drill the basics and help with reading and writing. Also, I’ve had several sessions with a tutor. The conversational exchanges on ChinesePod have been a really great help as well as the cultural discussion about the conversations. After only 2 days here, I’ve been reminded of ChinesePod content several times and it helped me make sense of what was going on.
Mandarin used to seem almost impossible to learn, but now I’m very surprised with how much I’ve learned in 3 months. I’m excited to continue learning after I return home.
So far, my most used phrase is: 多小钱？ and with the help of ChinesePod, I can actually understand the answer!