Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Long time no see...

I am back!

Bloggers come, bloggers go, I come and go but now I am back. I have been very busy learning new career related stuff, learning so much that occasionally my head hurts. I also find that programming language and technology learning seems to drain the same resources as language learning.

I have not been completely idle language wise, I can read Afrikaans reasonably now (and Dutch to a lesser but increasing extent). I have had conversations in Mandarin when the opportunity presents but can't claim to be pushing the envelope there. I am ready to approach concerted Chinese learning again. My war with the language was delayed (a tactical retreat).

I intend to partially attack Chinese through the medium of technology, Mandarin is particularly well suited to an attack by a programmer I will be discussing a prototype to help with listening comprehension in my next post.

3 comments:

Keith said...

Welcome back! Good to hear from you!

Steve said...

Good to see you blogging again... have you managed to more or less maintain your Mandarin level, do you think? From the POV of Japanese, even the kana seem to slip away from me if I leave it more than a week or two.

Chris Hall said...

Hi Steve,
Generally I have always been ticking over a little and I find that anything I knew well is retained, I loose the ability to write characters, but seem to be able to still read them.

After a little conversation words just seem to be there again (unless I am too concious of trying to remember them).