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Back to Basics

I had to take a break from Chinese. I continued to watch Chinese films and the CCTV channels regularly while dedicating my soul to GMAT revision. As it turns out, I took the exam and failed miserably. I will therefore be retaking the GMAT in July/August and will go back to my Chinese lessons.

I realise that I have a a wealth of information and a wide range of material to choose from for my Chinese learning. However, I discovered that nothing makes me more confident than starting a book and finishing it. That is what I intend to do with my ‘METHODE 90 Chinois’ for beginners book on learning Chinese for French speakers. There are exactly 90 lessons in this book of which I have finished 15 chapters, but that was over 3 months ago. My task for the month of June is to review all my lessons, and reach chapter 45 by end of July.

That said, my task for this weekend is to draw up a timetable in which I will divide my day among active GMAT studies (Verbal and Quantitative), work, Chinese and I am adding Spanish to the mix. My Spanish book is the ‘METHODE 90 espagnol’ for beginners for French speakers.

My task for the month of June 2012 is to finish:

  • all 8 MGMAT books
  • go through the forums on GMATCLUB.com <– not exploiting this resource is one of the main reasons for failing.
  • 20 chapters in the Chinese book
  • > 20 chapters in the Spanish book

My goal is to develop a routine and change my learning method. I opted for a learning method that is similar to Spaced Learning. I must emphasise that the most import aspect in learning anything is keeping to a schedule that has an end and a beginning. There is no point in spending hours learning something, it could prove to be counterproductive. In my case, I know that I spent too many long hours learning and not enough on recalling and then applying. Today, I am doing things differently and the GMATCLUB.com is a very inspiring site.

For those living on the African continent with access to DSTV, we now have eight Chinese speaking channels instead of three. Isn’t that great??? My family though does not appreciate the beauty of the Mandarin language 🙂 I think it is a form of torture to them… ha!






你会说什么? What do you speak?              西班牙语. Spanish/Castillian

普通话. Mandarin. Putonghua                      印地语. Hindi

Cultural information


There are different languages in China. When we refer to the Chinese language (as non Chinese speakers) we often mean Putonghua which is spoken in mainland China. Another Chinese language that is important to know about is Cantonese.


There are different languages in India. There is no such thing as the Indian language, Hindi is one of the major languages of India. Urdu is also spoken in India.


No offense to Mexicans or other hispanophones, I am just trying to differentiate between the different languages spoken in Spain and the fact that when we refer to Spanish we are in fact talking about Castillan Spanish.


I have a feeling that the Chinese do not differentiate between the English as a people and the British people. I think it would be interesting to read literature about the British during the 18th century from a Chinese perspective.

I am interested in British imperialism from a Chinese perspective. For those of you that have read or studied this topic, could you recommend a book or two?