听写 tīng xiě – listen write: dictation

by 卡梅尔 on August 19, 2011

My latest method to learn Chinese is dictation. It’s brilliant! I listen to the chosen text and try to work out what is being said, and to make sure I’m listening to every word, I write it down. Of course I need the written text to check, and look up what I can’t hear, or can’t spell … if there is such a concept in Chinese 🙂

My text books of course come with a cd. For that matter the few novels I have also have cds. At this stage of my learning I wouldn’t have it any other way, because I want to be able to listen and understand, as well as read.

The other point I want to make in this post is how convenient it is to practise my writing on scrap paper … used envelopes mostly, and then throw them out straight away. After all, it is the writing process that is important. The finished writing is not what I want. I have heard some people say they have books and books of their hanzi writing … I wouldn’t have anywhere to store the number of books that I would probably have filled by now.

By the way you have to love the word for dication: 听写 tīng xiě – literally translated it means: listen write

回收纸 - huí shōu zhǐ  - recycle paper

 

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