Struggling in Chinese with the game

I played the listen speak game yesterday in Chinese. I was listening to a 47 second recording that was basically spoken at a normal pace.

What I thought I heard is the top line in each case and the corrections are below.

If you miss more than half of something, the whole thing becomes green and the whole top becomes red, even if there are a few parts which are correct.

So for six of those lines, I missed less than half. The rest, more than half.

Basically, missing that much can become a little frustrating. I try to be patient, but in general it’s better if you can get more than 50% right for all the lines or at least almost all of them.

Once you play the game, you can adjust the length and speed of what you say to match the other person better. You don’t want it to be too easy or too hard. Somewhere where it’s a challenge, but not overwhelming.

Listening Speak Game Mandarin Listening Exercise #3 (Beginning)

Listening Speak Game Mandarin Listening Exercise #2 (Advanced)


Listening Speak Game Mandarin Exercise #1 (Beginning)

From Tzuwen

A1C Day 60 Mandarin, Neal Round 3

Thirty Days into the Add1Challenge with Mandarin, Round 3

Had a conversation for about 16 minutes with a Chinese person living in München. Apparently that’s the extra credit option. Learned a few new words, the conversation went in kind of a funny direction later on with her talking about how America isn’t safe because of guns, but she didn’t realize Switzerland also has a lot of guns. Here’s about 5 minutes of it.

Basically, I’m trying to get as much speaking practice as I can with teachers and language exchange partners. Then I use flashcards, apps, a little and spend a bit of time listening to podcasts in the car when I am able.

In the next thirty days I’ll mostly keep to what I have been doing, but get deeper into a few specific topics I think.

Add1Challenge Day 0 Mandarin, Round 3

My third round of the Add1 Challenge with Chinese. Trying to get closer to being able to speak comfortably.

Add1 Challenge Round 3 Mandarin Intro

About to start the Add1 Challenge again for the third round. Have found it be pretty helpful.

Focusing on Speaking with Hello Chinese, Plus feature I hadn’t used before!

Yesterday and today I have been practicing with Hello Chinese by doing only the speaking sections.

My basic strategy at the moment is to do three speaking exercises and spend as much time as it takes to get everything correct. I think I will switch back to working on it for twenty minutes though.

Today, for example, I was having trouble with this.


Happened to click on the question mark and it said that if you long click on any individual word, you can focus on working on that.


Seemed like a pretty useful feature!

Some words I am able to get their max score more quickly compared to others,



So that’s a pretty useful feature I think! Hadn’t used it before today, but I will use it more, especially now that I’m focusing on the speaking exercises.

Finished the Hello Chinese Tree

Today I finished the lessons for Hello Chinese


This is what the last week of practice looks like,


So went through the threshold of 50 coins once during that time.

I noticed that the ‘review’ sections seem to reset, I did two of those today.


The graphic changes when it’s been reviewed. I tried doing one of these sections again to see if the graphic changed again but it did not.

At this point, I’ll check back to see what happens to the ‘reviewed’ sections and how long they take to return to ‘needs review’. Those sections seems like they will be good to work on. I think I will also focus on doing the speaking sections, maybe more slowly. Would like to try to get my score on those sections higher. In general, my scores were above 4.0

I think I would like them to be above 4.5.

I redid the first speaking section just now,


To get that score, I redid everything until it was completely green (correct). So redoing and correcting will not get you a perfect score, seems like you need to get it all right the first time. There seems to be at least one problem that I noticed. 你好,Nǐ hǎo, has two third tones in a row. Normally that would mean that the first would change to the second tone, rising. However, in the app, they want you to pronounce two third tones in a row. So there may be a few issues. The spoken recognition seems decent, but not perfect, so I will keep that in mind.