- This post explores two specific resources in order to get the most out of them that perhaps something like a super high powered organized reader falls short. Specifically a watching video strategy and a numbers strategy. I feel like Du Chinese and Chairman’s Bao are a great platform to be your main focus outside classroom. But there are a couple more modalities/resources I think could supplement them well.
I believe it is critical to hear numbers and immediately be able to recognize them like they are second nature. One app I feel does better than anything I’ve encountered is an app called “Foreign Numbers” by Jason Funk. Within a time frame that you set, a lot of either clock times OR 2 digit, 3 digit, 4 digit, etc. numbers are read back to you and you enter as many as you can using your phone. I like this too because theoretically you can slowly add digits and it becomes almost like dual n back training but in your target language (up to the point you become fluent :)).
The best thing I’ve heard so far is take a 90 second clip of a movie. Watch it in English subtitles, then, watch it in Chinese subtitles, then watch it without subtitles. One flexible service that comes to mind is the “Netflix language learning plugin.” I don’t know another resource with high quality control and subtitles
How do you use movies to improve your language. Do you do a strategy similar to the one above? What kind of parameters do you set? I like the one above because the 90 second clip will provide the animation you need that Reader’s lack. And it’s a way to put it into a “Chunk” which you could perhaps space rep or do whatever you want with it. But it would definitively become more memorable that just reading and listening.
Do you have a numbers strategy?
Any video platform resource/ favorite video resource with a comparable user friendliness as Netflix language learning plugin? (User friendliness = intermediate friendliness) (I suppose as long as a pop up dictionary is compatible with it, )