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2009 review

December 19, 2009 – 10:40 pm

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.

You can find the Chinese breeze books at and

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.

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  1. 7 Responses to “2009 review”

  2. I think 2010 will be more interesting for you and definitely more exciting. I’m sure you’ll be seen somewhere in Asia with a gorgeous Chinese girl. Your Mandarin will be nearly perfect, your job will pay well and this blog will have much more readers. Don’t forget to quote this comment in your 2010 year review, ok? ;)

    Alles Gute und toy toy toy :)

    By MKL on Dec 20, 2009

  3. Well, good luck then ;)
    My year 2009 has been quite successful so far; I’ve learned a lot about myself, learnt a lot of Chinese, got a nice part time job as a translator, got a job as a network admin to start next year and started my study of business and economics at HSG…

    Anyway, so far, I haven’t really been a good student, so now I gotta 乖乖 study to prepare for the exams^^ However, I also wanna improve my Chinese; so let’s learn two new character per day – every day next year ;)

    How can you motivate yourself to study hard? I wanna learn from you :D

    By Aremonus on Dec 20, 2009

  4. Hey MKL,

    2010 is somehow a magic number, so everyone must be successful in 2010. I’ll remember to quote it :o

    Hi Aremonus,

    I also learned a lot about myself. What is HSG? Google gave me to many different answers.
    When it comes to learning Chinese, interesting material is the key for me.

    By Hendrik on Dec 21, 2009

  5. HSG = university of st. gallen…

    Well the beset way to get interesting material is still going to China – and that’s what you’re planning. I don’t think you can understand Chinese movies, and neither can I…
    Anyway, I hope I will know at least 1000 characters actively (so reading AND writing) by the end of 2010… but maybe I’m expecting too much; sometimes, other things are more tempting than sitting down and practicing writing…

    Are you going to Chengdu next year again?

    By Aremonus on Dec 21, 2009

  6. Right, Chinese movies are still outside my abilities, yet I watch one once in a while to train my listening. My ear needs to get used to the sound of Chinese.

    It’s interesting that You say 1000 characters reading and writing. While 1000 reading should be doable depending on Your time, writing is a whole different thing. Why do You want to keep writing equal to reading?

    I’ll write about my 2010 plans soon.

    By Hendrik on Dec 21, 2009

  7. Because if I can only read them, I’m going to forget them soon. But if I can read AND write them, I only forget how to write, but still remember how to read after a while :P

    By Aremonus on Dec 21, 2009

  8. So You learn them by writing them? I always do that through reading text. Interesting, I’ll give it a try.

    By Hendrik on Dec 22, 2009

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