I thought I would share something I’ve started doing recently that I find a really fun way to practice Chinese and review vocabulary with language exchange / partners / friends.
I really love playing the game “Articulate” - I don’t know how popular this is in other countries but to explain the concept, you have time on the clock (we used 5 minutes) and you have to explain as many words as possible without using the words themselves. For example, the word to guess = “carrot” → you describe it as an orange vegetable, but can’t say carrot or anything that sounds like it.
When we play I use Chinese for 5 min, my boyfriend uses the real Articulate cards in English for 5 min. I’ve been using the LTL vocab as well as my hack chinese vocabulary lists. I find it so fun! It’s also really interesting because sometimes i realise that there are differences in what i thought the word meant and what it actually means - e.g. recently I was describing 技能, thinking it meant general technology (like 技術), but through the game I realised it is better described as technical ability/skill.
Happy to hear if anyone has any similar games / fun ways of learning
Love that idea! Will try it next time I’m with some of my “language friends” (don’t have so many in England)…
Very Interesting and thats fantastic practice. How do you score the game? Your boyfriend needs to guess them right for you to be able to go on right?
I wonder if we could do this as a game for a free speaking class. The issue would be to get the vocab right for people’s levels
Yep you score how many you do in the time frame - you can “pass” one time only, although we haven’t been that strict on that. Currently, in 5 minutes, my top score is 8 (e.g. he guessed 8 words I described to him), his is 17 (I guessed 17 words he described to me). I’ve decided that’s because I am a better guesser - but no, he is pretty fluent at English
After the 5 min we go through the ones that were difficult to guess and explain to eachother what would have been a better way to say it. It’s really fun both ways, yesterday I had to explain what a Scottish bagpipe was in English
At my level: I use my hard word list of Hackchinese. I simply try to make a sentence. Any sentence. And I ask a Chinese conversation partner to make a sentence with my word list. Then we make variants and better or longer sentences. Similar in German. My Chinese language partner likes to use non-standard vocab and constructions from newspapers.