In no particular order, some ways that I practice and self-study Mandarin at home, as well as some things I learned about immersion-learning (or wished I had known before!) Confidence is key; the more confident you are, the more willing you'll be to practice and extrapolate on what you've already learned, leading to greater progress. Easier said than done of course, but I have faith in you. 加油吧！我們一起努力，一起加油，以期提高！ An app, verb, noun, lifesaver: Pleco (aka "The Fish" as my host-brother called it) is
No lie, the NSLI-Y application process is long and a lot of work; about as much as completing the Common App for college. Also no lie: I totally procrastinated my application way more than I should've (as in did an all-nighter and submitted it hours before the deadline. . .)- 0/10 would recommend this approach. Instead, I've decided to list out what the application process should be like, and some things I experienced/learned along the way.
大家好, I'm Kate- alternate alias 林潔瑩／林洁莹/ Lín Jiéyíng. Welcome to my blog chronicling all my (mis)adventures studying Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (or should I say 台灣，高雄？）through the NSLI-Y Scholarship. What is NSLI-Y (why it's awesome!), my reasons for learning Chinese, and other miscellaneous facts about me!