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March 7th

Mastering Mandarin one generic pop song at a time.

I am supplementing my studies with karaoke, otherwise known as KTV in the mandarin speaking world. One of the advantages of singing songs instead of reading articles is that you practice word recognition without having to worry too much about pronunciation.

Plus, typical Chinese artist has to do music videos for almost every single one of their songs on their albums for the KTV audience. So a lot of the filler songs are easy to sing and repetitive. I’m only done around 500 words and yet I can recognize 75% of the words in a typical KTV. Great for practicing Chinese, not so great for the talent who puts up with this model.

Though this will be another Cantowanese moment when I tell people I won’t be able to sing Cantonese songs. Oh well.

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