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My first session with the student went really well. For a beginning Mandarin student, he is able to pronounce pinyin very well, including the tones. We also reviewed the special rules with j, q, x pronunciations and zh/z, ch/c, and sh/s pronunciations when added to the finals i and u. The student was able to practice numbers as well.
Today the student and I went over some new topics: indirect object pronouns and adverbs. We also practiced completing sentences for his homework. He had some trouble with the indirect object pronouns at first, but after we did some exercises he seemed to become more comfortable using them. If he continues to study them and work on these indirect pronouns with me, there is no doubt that he will master them just as he mastered the direct object pronouns! Adverbs were a little tricky for him at first, so I explained to him that pronouns, as in English, often have many shades of meaning depending on the context of the sentence. For example prima can mean before, earlier, or first ; dopo can mean after, afterward, or later ; presto can mean soon or early, etc. I told him to think about the context of the sentence when choosing his adverbs, which helped him in his homework exercises.
I had updated the print outs of previously covered material and added the material from chapter two which contains a lot of new verbs and verb forms, as well as vocabulary. We will be working on these for quite a while. We worked further on his hiragana writing and added the next string of five. The student still needs to practice those.
We reviewed Korean phrases from previous sessions; learned new phrases for the student to use in Korea for directions, etc. We wrapped up with summarizing all we learned from our sessions; acknowledged her progress.
The student and I continued the unit on regions of Germany and other geography. We looked at major landmarks and also neighboring countries. Together we compared the USA, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria on stats like total land area and population. Grammatically, we covered superlative adjectives like meistens, besten, naechstens, wenigstens, etc.
This lesson we finished translating and answering questions about a little text on multicultural eating, then we started interviewing each other on each other's eating habits. Homework is to answer the rest of the questions in writing and do the next two exercises as well as learn the vocabulary pertaining to household objects.
Last night, the student and I worked with wo-compounds and the past-tense. He has been showing nothing but improvement and is a model student. Also, his grades are starting to improve in a big way.
Today, the student and I began reading together and read a somewhat more difficult book about what a boy does with his family. Then, we worked on identifying and talking through drawing pictures of familiar animals and themes. We finally began working on numbers and especially the numbers between 1 and 20. Perhaps this video could help her understand the differences between similar sounding numbers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J9Xg1dSLJ0
In this session, we discussed the differences between closely related vocabulary such as 'Laden' and 'Geschaft', 'schwer' and 'schwierig', etc. We also talked about a variety of topics including places to shop, a museum experience, and cultural differences in particular, with respect to Europe versus the United States.
Today's session was all about numbers. Student 1 and his, Student 2, started out with a knowledge of 1-10 and we slowly developed an understanding of the numbers 11-19, 20-100, and even 1000-9999. It was an overall success and Student 1 as well as Student 2 were able to understand and remember the numbers pretty well. Student 1 still struggles with the number 6 and the pronunciation of "-zehn" and "-zig". We, however, will work on that next week so that he slowly gets his basic knowledge and may succeed in class.
The student had to continue his work with attributes of the German language. He had to read a paragraph and then identify the different types of attributes. After a brief explanation, he had no problem doing so, and did very well.
We spent the first hour or so covering issues related to our previous pronunciation work, and how that related to earlier concepts like numbers, time, colors, and the conjugations of the verb "to be." We then went over what a word stem is, how words develop over time, and the basic theory behind linguistic morphology. With much discussion, we went over the basics of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and how different languages have vastly different means of expressing certain thoughts.
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