To write, or not to write?
When first starting to learn Chinese you might find yourself spending a disproportionate amount of time on writing drills. While writing drills can be useful for remembering words, ensure you don’t neglect other areas of learning in favour of these drills.
Realistically speaking, the amount of time that the ability to write Chinese might actually be useful, in relation to speaking, reading and listening, is comparatively low. Not to say that Chinese writing ability isn’t of any value, although in modern life most ‘writing’ is done on a computer – rendering pen and paper redundant. So keep this in mind when dividing your time up between activities.
A lot of the beauty in the Chinese language comes from the characters themselves, so it would be a shame not to do any writing at all. However, if your time is limited then adjusting the percentage of time spent reading, writing, listening and speaking will help increase your productivity. Experiment with different timetables and see what works best for you.
How do you divide your time between all the activities of learning Chinese or any language?