Learning Mandarin Chinese

I am a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese. I took a semester course in Mandarin Chinese in 1981 at the University of Connecticut, then recommenced my studies in July, 2020. I am taking Mandarin Blueprint‘s online course and meet in real-time with online instructors. I have taken online lessons through italki, AllSet Learning, and with private instructors. I participate in Mandarin Chinese Conversation Groups and practice with members of MyLanguageExchange.

All adults who are beginning to learn Mandarin Chinese are invited to join the Mandarin Chinese Conversation Groups.

I am attempting to synthesize the findings of research on language acquisition, brain science, and psychology to derive a systematic, research-informed prototype of a protocol for adults to learn Mandarin Chinese efficiently. To begin, I am attempting to apply the protocol with this writing project. I am also drafting a proposal for an introductory course for people aged 50 and over.

I am interested in testing my proficiency in Mandarin Chinese through taking the HSK exams.

I am tracking the evolution of my thinking in posts on my site. The posts are housed in this category. I have listed highlights in most recent order:

Here is a YouTube video of my progress on November 25, 2020, after 4 months of study, and here is one from February 24, 2021 after 8 months of study.

Note: I have moved the study plan I originally kept on this page here.

If I can answer questions or be of service, please do contact me.

Note: I am a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese and also a counselor, able to provide counseling services only to residents of Virginia, U.S.A. This content is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional advice. Consult a qualified health care professional for personalized medical and professional advice.