One-Third Done! – Weeks 83, 84, and 85

I have completed 400 hours of viewing, which is 1/3 of the total planned time for my experiment! Today I updated some tables, statistics, and graphs to provide a summary of my experiment thus far. I will not assess or comment in much detail on my progress or results obtained. I am doing that each time I […]

Mandarin and Yale Law – Weeks 78 and 79

——————————————— AUGUST 4 BREAKING NEWS UPDATE I just published an update to my French Fluency Recovery Project ——————————————— BREAKING NEWS UPDATE I just went to a Walgreens here in New Haven, Connecticut. There were several young Chinese people in the drug store buying food and beverages, among other things. They were chitchatting among themselves, and—lo and behold—I could […]

Starting over again – Weeks 73-77

I hope at least one person has missed me on the blogosphere. I kind of like to think that some secret skeptical follower has been checking in occasionally and thinking, “Ha! He’s teetering out and giving up on his inane and futile experiment.” I guess that, when I’m confident of my purpose, I thrive as […]

Spaced Repetition System (SRS) – Week 64

This week, I finished re-watching Dragon with subtitles clip-by-clip, often repeating lines again and again, in an attempt to decipher new vocabulary. I now have over 50 terms in my Word-a-Day vocabulary list from Dragon–far more than from any other source. I register a phonetic transcription (using my own haphazard system), the source (Dragon), and the […]

Learning Mandarin with Kids’ Music – Week 59

Tomorrow I begin my evening Law classes again at the University of Brasilia, after a two-year hiatus. On top of my demanding full-time job, work trips, language institute, farm and tree plantation, and lovely family, my schedule is a bit tight. But I’m enjoying my Mandarin experiment immensely and there is no way I’m going […]

My Chinese Grandfather – Week 57

I’ll best most of you didn’t know I had a Chinese grandfather. Here’s the story, with many thanks to my mother for writing it down: Victor’s “Chinese” grandfather by Greta Browne, Victor Hart’s mother   Victor’s grandfather, George Chalmers Browne, would have loved to see Victor and Camila singing in Mandarin. Chalmers, my father, was […]

Language acquisition debates – Week 56

  One of the reasons for undertaking my Mandarin experiment is as a motivation and context to engage with language enthusiasts and with language-acquisition theory. I have done that in the past year through forums such as HTLAL and Chinese-forums, commenters on my blog, other blogs, online research, and personal observation and analysis. For this […]