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Since I've decided to reboot my Mandarin learning project, I got into regular Skype lessons and was aiming to use it while in Singapore. The video below shows this process of de-rusting my old Mandarin and reaching this first minor milestone!
An overview of the video:
00:00 – 01:27 My first lesson back into Mandarin after many months not speaking it. I could barely understand some basic words!
01:27 – 03:04 Reading a prepared script describing getting back into Mandarin.
03:04 – 03:31 Clips of the Singapore Language Lab and people using their language, and me speaking several languages with them at the end
04:43 – END My answer to Rachel's question about pacing myself when I am intensively learning languages, and wrapping up the video
So far so good! I have a long way to go, but I'll be taking my time and will let you know when I have another milestone and will share my progress for that point!
I also hope you enjoyed seeing that quick preview of the Language Lab in the middle of this week's video – I plan to continue holding such events in cities around the world as I visit them. Maybe see you at one?
Let me know your thoughts on the video in the comments below. Cheers!
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