spyfire27 wrote: I have been studying Mandarin for 4 months now here in Taiwan in a regular full-time course. It's 3 hours a day for 15 hours a week. I was a total beginner when I came here.
I am posting because I am a bit worried about my progress. If I compare myself to the other students of my class, I think my level is equivalent to most of them (well, I could be wrong here). However, quite honestly, I think we all suck terribly. When I try to speak with native speakers and more advanced students and they say "Wow, you've been here four months", I tend to think that they consider my speaking ability to be quite low for someone who has spent four months in Taiwan.
spyfire27 wrote:In real life situations, I still have a lot of problems understanding and asking for things, and I barely understand anything if a store clerk asks me something. For example, I went to a vegetarian buffet yesterday and the lady asked me if I wanted rice, and I could not understand when she did it in Chinese. I was completely lost. Same thing at the immigration office. I went to renew my visitor visa and the agent started to talk to me in Chinese. I could not understand a single word she said.
I have to say though that I am quite satisfied with my reading and writing abilities. I easily read menus and other indications on the street. I also can use PowerPoint in Chinese, and can read to a fair level. Should the people in the situations I described above have put into writing the same thing they said, I would probably have understood them at 80% or more.
Is that normal? How good were you after four months in Taiwan studying 15 hours a week?
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