Elementary vs Intermediate
I am new to Chinese and Chinesepod.com. I have been living in China for about 6 months and for about 2 months now I have been taking class everyday for 2 hours. I can easily follow the elementary dialogues and the qinwen conversations. However, the intermediate dialogues woosh right past me. Should I keep listening to the elementary podcasts, or should I just listen to the intermediate ones over and over again??
Thanks for any input.
pretzellogicFebruary 10, 2011, 03:38 PM
My suggestion would be to takea more detailed look at the intermediate lessons. Yes, listen to the intermediates over and over, but also start doing the following:
1) write out the dialogues line by line. Do this for maybe 10 lessons, then you start developing a feel for an intermediate lesson and you don't have to write down more.
2) listen to the dialogue line by line, by pausing after every sentence, repeating that sentence a few times, and them moving to the next sentence. Do this for a few dialogues, and then you get the feel of an intermediate lesson.
3) shadowing. more about it in the links below:
4)Pick one interesting upper intermediate lesson and go through it first, however long it takes. Intermediate lessons are relatively easy thereafter.
I made the happy mistake of jumping from elementary to upper intermediate. It took about 6 weeks to get through one upper intermediate taxi lesson ("When the taxi takes the long way"). I went back down to intermediate, and things were much easier thereafter.
Hope this helps.