New Year’s Resolution: Improve My Chinese
I achieved my goals I made last year of improving my health and moving to Taiwan. While it is good to improve my health, that is something I would continue to do anyway, so it isn’t a good resolution. A good resolution will force me to improve myself and work hard.
That brought me to thinking about pushing myself to be a better Buddhist (improve my morals in some sort of profound way), but I figure that is also something that will happen anyway as I encounter new situations.
The only big area left to make huge improvements would be in my education. One clear area I can do that is in my Chinese study. It has lagged. I just got off the phone with a Chinese friend that noted while my reading and writing continues to improve, my spoken Chinese hasn’t improved at all since I came to Taiwan. I couldn’t agree more. This friend noted before that my spoken Chinese actually improved while I was in Korea, so it is pretty bad that I am in a Chinese speaking place and not seeing any benefits from that.
My goal: My listening ability will no longer lag any other area of Chinese ability. It is something I am going to have to work very hard to accomplish…