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One of the things I’ve struggled with in Chinese is finding Chinese songs I find interesting. Most of it is just pop music. It’s OK (no pun intended), but it’s usually not very interesting. There are a lot of ballads (boring), but some dance songs which are at least more energetic. What I’ve been trying to find is Chinese rockers and rappers. Who are the Chinese equivalents of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or The Clash? Are there punk rockers who sing in Chinese?
Yesterday, I found a website (www.chinese-forums.com) and there was a thread in there about Chinese rock music. One of the posts linked to a Chinese rock video on YouTube, and I found the video above in the Related Videos section.
I can pick out phrases here and there, but nothing more. I’ve found the lyrics somewhere else on the web, so I’ll probably go over them and try to figure out what they mean. Musically, she reminds me a bit of MIA.
The other day I looked on YouTube for a video of Mark Zuckerberg speaking Chinese, since I wanted to find out if he spoke better Chinese than I do (he does). In the related videos section, I saw the video embedded above.
The video is quite humbling because she speaks Chinese very well compared to me. I can understand some of what she’s saying, but not all.
Next week I start my fourth semester of Chinese classes. One thing I’ve learned from past experience is that it’s very easy to forget it, if you don’t keep studying, at least a little bit. To keep 中文 mostly fresh in my mind, I decided to deleted all my flashcards in Anki and started over.
In the classes, we use Integrated Chinese by Cheng & Tsui. As someone who is TESOL certified, it’s pretty good material for college age (and maybe high school age) students. In first semester Chinese (EALC-C131 at IUPUI), we covered chapters 1 – 5 of Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1. In the second semester (EALC-C132), we covered chapters 6 – 10 of that, and chapter 11 of Level 1, Part 2. For the third semester (EALC-C201), which we just finished in December, we covered chapters 12 – 16. Supposing we cover five chapters this semester (in EACL-C202), we finish Level 1, Part 2 and begin on Level 2, Part 1. A syllabus hasn’t been posted yet, so I don’t know for sure.
When I created a new set of 生词卡 (flashcards), I began with the 40 or so radicals at the beginning of IC 1-1, then added the Chinese numerals for 0 through 10, plus 100, 100, and 10000. After that, I started adding the vocabulary from the chapters, finally finishing last night. I don’t know how many card there are, but it’s several hundred, at least.
Aside from trying to keep the Chinese words fresh in my mind, I think it’s probably also good prep for the HSK 3, which I plan to take in March.
I’ve written a page on Using Anki to learn Chinese, because how I use it is a bit different and it might be useful to other learning languages.
Today is my birthday. I won’t have a party, but later on I’ll get a free mocha from Starbucks.
我是查理 (wǒ shì Chálǐ) means Je suis Charlie or I am Charlie. While I never heard of Charlie Hebdo before yesterday, I believe freedom of the press is a requirement for a vibrant democracy.
My thoughts and condolences got out to the family and friends of those killed in Paris yesterday.