Oh dear, university is starting in a couple days and I'm so busy.
So for Japanese we will follow the book みんなの日本語中級I (Minna no nihongo chuukyuu I) - and I'll have to start doing some book exercises, and study the grammar for class. It should be below my current level, but I still have to attend classes and put time into it. There is certainly stuff to learn and deepen, review and relearn. So it will be useful.
For the advanced Chinese course I will be taking.. the first assignment is reading this article
on patriotism in education from the peoples daily. Holy shit, is this difficult. I just translated the first paragraph with a dictionary yesterday, and it took me 2-3 hours. This course will be so far outside my comfort zone.
I noticed, my lack of reading is hurting me now. Although I sort of "know" most characters, as in "have seen them before somewhere" and would maybe recognize them in context and get the meaning right, I still "don't know" them really. The recognition is slow, if I see them without a familiar context I just stare at them puzzled. I cannot write them. I forgot many readings, and tones. Often times I look up a character and think: "Hm, that's a new character" - but if I input it in my Anki database, it will show that I have studied this character in both Japanese and Chinese before and learned at least 15 words containing this character before (note: I deactivated Japanese reviews since March or April, and Chinese reviews since last year). I'm shocked, I have to relearn it - but after I did, the memory is coming back really quickly, to the point where I can even write most characters I have relearned instantly again.
So I hope I can relearn Chinese reading, but it is very work intensive. Another point is: I have to learn all the simplified characters now, and I will do this the hard way, just with texts in context and exercises, not systematically. It is my first time using simplified characters, though if I write them I always write the traditional version first, and follow with the simplified version later. For example for this character: 発 , I would start with this Japanese version, then write the traditional version: 發 , and finally the simplified version 发.
So very work intensive, but it is also a chance to finally get into reading and develop some comfort for characters and really start using them, both for Japanese and for Chinese. So this year, I would think my goal will be to achieve some sort of reading capacity in both languages. - speaking Chinese is still fine I guess, I forgot a lot of tones, but I think they will come back if I'm in an environment, where I will hear the correct tones and listen to Chinese being spoken.
Korean..! Had my last two language exchanges last week. And from my 7 study partners I will from now on keep 2, and alternate between them, so I will speak once per week. My goal will be to just not forget, I will continue doing my daily Anki set of those words, that is 30 minutes of reviews more or less. Anki has now blown up because I have to write like 50 characters or more, and also have like 200 words already in Chinese and Japanese containing these words, but this is "relearning", so I guess it will not be as work intensive as normal Anki learning, which is with new material.
The other stuff I am busy is, is organizing my return to Germany. So: Busy times ahead, I'm under a lot of pressure, at times I'm desperate, but I spoke to most of my close friends recently, and I just received a lot of support from everybody, and I think I will be going strong.
- forward it is!