Much has happened this year other things didn’t, here I will review 2009. My computer science studies progressed a lot and I’m close to graduation. This is a nice fact, but the biggest archievement in 2009 for me was that I started to read Chinese text. Somewhere on the internet someone recommended me to buy the beginner books of Chinese reeze (汉语风) wich can be found at many dedicated Chinese bookstores on and offline. I’m not sure how many characters I can identify now, but I guess it should be around 500. Before I never bothered with the characters really, then in summer 2009 I picked up the first book of Chinese Breeze and then immediately orderd the other ones.
Another thing 2009 was that in the summer semester I performed way better than in the winter semester. This happend to me in 2008 and also in previous years. In spring and summer I’m full of energy, while in the autumn and winter I need to push myself to get going. I need to change this. Either with coffee or by staying in Australia from September to February.
I also visited Shanghai in summer 2009. I went there with a friend and my feeling about the trip is 马马虎虎. My friend showed me a lot of interesting places, however I had few chances to use my mandarin, because we normally talk German. Next time I won’t bring anyone along and instead mingle with the locals.
A frequently recurring theme during the second half of 2009 was my thinking about plans of the time after my studies. Nothing is decided, everything is possible. We will see how it works out at some point. My readers have me given a lot of thoughtful advice and I’m very thankful for this. I’m still considering the various alternatives and I guess this is one of the most difficult questions of my life so far. I guess I will write more about this in the future, as this topics still occupies a major part of my thinking capacity.
Finally Yo Learn Chinese is now a little bit older than two years. A long time and I get more and more readers. A fact I like very much as it satisfys my persisiting need for changing the public opinion towards a harmonous society
Overall 2009 was okay, but there is definitely room for improvement. Just a little bit better than then Copenhagen outcome.