I have just completed 2000 hours of watching TV in Chinese. Hip hip hooray!
This completes my 2000 hour silent period, and I now give myself permission to speak Chinese freely. Except for one restriction! I will not speak until I'm ready (haha). That is, not until I am ready to record my first Chinese conversation with a native speaker. Hopefully that will be sooner than later. I wouldn't want to cheat anybody by having a warm-up period, that is, getting a little practice off camera. No, I just want to record my very first real conversation. And hopefully when it's done, we'll be able to call it a conversation too.
I'm curious to see how I sound speaking Chinese and if I've learned any useful words or phrases from all these dramas I've watched.
If you've been following my blog for the past 2 years, you already know that during this 2000 hour period I have not looked up any words or done any sort of study, including grammar. I did know some words prior to starting the TV method, but I have never studied Chinese grammar. I'll perhaps write a post to consolidate what I have done in attempts to start learning Chinese.
About a year ago, I had just completed 800 hours. Things went pretty well until August when my focus changed to making sure I was ready to pass two IT exams for one certification. So I'm a little late in arriving at this point, but it doesn't matter.
Now, I'll have more time to write posts or do whatever I want and I'll be spending less time getting my hours in. I think I've completed the necessary groundwork for becoming a native speaker of Chinese, although I'll keep watching TV in Chinese and continue to grow that language.
Look for my next post when I try to answer all the questions that are going to be asked in the comments of this post!