Lesson Plan: Up Next

[Note: This site is now archival!]

This is the page describing my current plan of action. You’ll notice that the things that are coming up soon are a lot more detailed than the ones farther off. If you have anything to suggest or anything you’d love to cover, feel free to send me a email at rding987@gmail.com, or just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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In learning a language, I’d say that there are four major aspects: writing, reading, listening, and speaking. My current plans are to make vocab lists on a weekly basis, and to review everyday (test on definitions English to Chinese, reading with and without pinyin) for 30 minutes.

Grammar posts are currently popping up on Saturdays, so I might end up just making that a pattern. That would make 1 Monday vocab post and 1 Saturday grammar post, with maybe a few short posts in between.

I plan to cover writing as well, but I’ll emphasize familiarity over complete memorization – meaning I’ll write-review every character every day, but will move on to a new list even if I can’t write them without copying. I’m hoping that will breed some comfort with characters while still allowing me to efficiently make progress with vocabulary.

I’m also planning some reading selections, but those may have to wait until I have enough vocabulary to work with. Stay tuned.

And just as a note: this is a working page, so everything is subject to drastic change at any time! Be warned.

Let’s get going!


Plan of Action

Current target: 0.) Greetings and goodbyes

0.) De (地), de (的), and de (得)


Next up in vocab:

  1. Describe a room.
  2. Basic Internet vocabulary
  3. Business lingo
  4. Errands
  5. Song lyrics: Da yue zhai dong ji (Chyi Chin)

Next up in grammar:

  1. Tenses: How to express past and future
  2. Plurals
  3. Most common chengyu (Check this awesome page for starters.)
  4. Numbers when they get big (Maybe it’s not “grammar”, but it isn’t really “vocab”… Whatever, it stays.)
  5. Most common measure words
  6. How to ask questions with the correct particles


Long term:

  • Chengyu
  • Vocab
  • Conversational phrases
  • Slang
  • Literature vocab
  • Reading passages
  • Writing

Fluency, here we come。



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