After a rough few days of language learning, today was a good day. I did Pimsleur Lesson 9 and really enjoyed it. I am really liking the spaced repetition that Pimsleur does, and while some words are difficult to make out at times, for the most part it is a very well done product.
I am also really glad that I changed from 500 Characters in Memrise to the HSK course. It is so much more gratifying and I really feel like I am attaining more of what I want. In just a day or two I have already completed the HSK 1 vocabulary, which I was very familiar with. The one problem is that I learning all of this vocabulary in Traditional and now I am learning it all over again in Simplified. They aren't too different so far, but there is enough of a difference to throw me off sometimes. It feels good to plow through a whole unit though!
Finally, I started having conversations with some people on iTalki yesterday and have been writing in Chinese back and forth. I have no idea what they are writing some times but Pleco has saved my life more than once so far. I even had a 40 minute conversation with a guy in China that was mostly in English, but we said a few thing in Chinese as well. Good times.
Here is the video summary of the day.