Since I hope to start seriously learning Mandarin in 2020, I've subscribed to your log
I'm not exactly a "serious" Mandarin learner
Started 10 years ago (there were some interruptions) but my reading barely exceeds B1 level and my speaking lags behind somewhere between A1 and A2. The one thing I'm proud of is that my pronunciation is not too bad (when reading aloud).
cjareck wrote: I'm using only the free version of Pleco since the full version surely is not cheap.
They don't really have a "full" version. I bought the "professional" bundle (60USD) and two additional Chinese/French dictionnaries (10 USD each). There are other add-ons that you can buy separately (extra dictionaries, ebooks, extra audio files etc). More details here: https://store.pleco.com/products.php
cjareck wrote: Could you please write a short review of it when you will become familiar with using it? I would be very grateful.
There are surely bunches of reviews around the internet. Currently what I like the most is the Xiandai Hanyu Guifan Cidian (Chinese/Chinese dictionary). Bought alone it's 30USD. The bundle is much more value for money.
I'll probably make use of the stroke order animations when/if I get around to learning to write more characters.
(I think the free version only has these animation for a limited number of characters).
By the way, the day after I bought these Pleco options, I found out that my new Samsung smartphone contains a dictionary application and you can download bunches of dictionaries for it (apparently Samsung has licenced them for their customers), including Chinese/English and English/Chinese Ofxord dictionaries. (I also downloaded Obunsha Japanese/English and English/Japanese dictionaries, and a few Collins dictionaries for English/Spanish/French translation).
I don't regret buying the Pleco bundle though. I tend to consider that after 10 years, it has become a lifelong hobby. And I have spent way more than 80USD on Chinese books.
Aloyse wrote:Restore routines.
(mostly passive) Routines restored (except the Spanish cards but this one was never very solid).
No Chinese classes tomorrow (non-Chinese Saturday). I'll try to find a Chinese movie to watch.