9 Build a language notebook
It’s now time to reflect on your learning this week.
What would you write in each box below, if anything? Would you add more categories?
Table 2 Language notebook
|Key vocabulary and phrases|
|Key language structures|
|What I found straightforward / I have enjoyed learning|
|What I found difficult|
This is something you can develop week by week, in a way which is entirely personal to you. You may find that the way you go about it changes as you progress. The important thing is that you find a way to note down, each week, new vocabulary and expressions, and also tips about learning grammar, culture and communication in general that will support you as you learn more.
Here is an example of what your language notebook might look like. You may have filled the table differently, or you may have a different idea about how to build your language notebook. That is completely fine!
Table 3 Example of a completed language notebook for Week 1
|Key vocabulary and phrases||
…zěnme yàng …怎么样？
How is/are …?
|Key sentences||Nǐ zěnme yàng? 你怎么样？||How are you?|
|Tā hěn gāo. 他很高。||He is tall.|
|Shuō Zhōngwén hěn kù! 说中文很酷！||Speaking Chinese is cool.|
|Wǒ èrshí le. 我二十了。||I have turned 20.|
|Wǒ hǎo yīdiǎnr le. 我好一点儿了。||I am slightly better.|
|Key language structures||
|Culture notes||Chinese concept of beauty.|
|What I found straightforward / I have enjoyed learning||
|What I found difficult||