polyglotting: Books with different languages as titles. (Default)
I've been studying Mandarin and it occurs to me just how important familiarity is to reading. I already knew it, because one of the things literacy programs I've assisted in emphasized were sight words. But the Rosetta Stone exercises in Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin take 5+ times to even begin to get what's happening, while Italian, Russian, French, Spanish and German are all comparatively easy.

I will say I started making some headway in recognizing Mandarin characters and at least know how to say 'yes' or 'no.' And thanks to the writing exercise I now know how to get the proper pinyin characters. That's... Actually a fair amount of progress for tonight.

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polyglotting: Books with different languages as titles. (Default)
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December 2015

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