Post by dragontamer on Aug 25, 2014 19:32:24 GMT -5
I'm going to keep this more of a "thoughts diary" as I struggle through the material. I think it will keep me more honest about how I'm doing.
As noted in the other thread, I've already studied chapter 1 between August 7th and August 16th.
I began Chapter 2 on Aug 18. Chapter 2 doubles the number of letters that you learn, greatly increasing your vocabulary instantly. Units 4 and 5 were "completed" this past weekend... (I was able to read the final drill without aid), but today I noticed that I was unable to read much of the drills for Unit 4. It appears that I have to be a bit more careful about memorizing and studying brief forms.
I think I'm going to double-down on this chapter until I can handle reading and writing the drills. I have one more week according to the schedule of 2-weeks per unit, so I'm just about "on time" as far as studying goes.
Post by dragontamer on Aug 28, 2014 23:35:54 GMT -5
I'm feeling bearish on completing Unit 2 on time to a degree that I'm satisfied. While I can read most of the stuff, my writing isn't really up to speed quite yet. Unit 4 really is a long unit, so I find myself having to review it over and over again. I've also been feeling a bit sick this past week, which has hampered my studies a bit. Nonetheless, I'd like it to be known that I have struggled this week to get through this 2nd chapter. Looking ahead to chapter 3, it seems like later chapters are a bit easier than this one.
As for a tip I've discovered this week: very "shallow" t and d really make things easier. Try to keep "t" and "d" less than 45 degrees of an incline, and it is a lot easier to distinguish them by height.
My goal for the next couple of days is to work through Unit 6, and then I'm going to go review the units once more again over the weekend. The number of brief forms is rather large, and a lot of the examples in the "fundamental drills" rely on brief form fluency.
Post by dragontamer on Aug 31, 2014 12:14:09 GMT -5
I'm feeling actually pretty fluent. Three days of solid review really increases your skill dramatically, especially when you're already familiar with the material. Tomorrow, I'll start working on Chapter 3, while I'll spend the rest of today reviewing and practicing Unit 2.
A quick tip: pay attention very closely to circles to determine the starts and ends of words. The diagonal strokes (sh, ch, j, t, d, td) look similar to each other, and sloppy writing will make it even harder to distinguish. Besides looking at the "angle" of the slope (t is a shallower stroke than sh), remember the direction, which is very important.
For example, "She" is written downwards from right to left. Remember that the majority of strokes are drawn clockwise, so "She" will never look like "it" (ignore the fact that "it" has a brief form, imagine writing it out entirely). However, later chapters have "art" where the A is inverted to cut-out the "r" as a shortcut. Distinguishing "Art" from "She" is all about the angle of the stroke, and of course the size of the circle.