Yeah, right! Mr. "almost C2 in German"! Here is a one liner of his from the comment section of his most recent blog post which I am sure he has spell checked before posting it:
"haha ich hab' nicht genau gesagt, dass das "besser" ist :P Du hast aber gut gelernt! Wieder so!!"
I know after one sentence he is no native! What a clown!
Hape, thanks for the link!
May 29, 2012, 1:01 p.m.
(I'm still laughing now at the sight of him mincing around like a chicken with constipation!)
I just sampled the HSK4 comprehension test and reading test. Given that I do all my listening with authentic media content here in China and of course during my daily work, the audio was rather easy. You rarely find people here in China who speak that slowly and clearly. I don't think I will take the real HSK test any time soon because my handwriting isn't good enough. But judging by my reading and listening skills I should be safely and well above HSK4. I found it strange that they only had these short passages (for HSK4) and not a longer essay.
While I read well, that is knowledge of characters, I don't read fast enough yet. I think the advantage of the Chinese script is that if one reads well, one can read extremely fast. So there is still room for improvement, like there always is in Chinese, but I was positively surprised looking at test.
Feeling much better now!
I have respect for anyone having the courage to put their mediocrity up for public scrutiny. Of course his singing performances won't win him a grammy and his dancing and Kung Fu performances have room for improvement, but again I generally applaud people for their courage. It is not easy to record one's performance, be it musical, speaking a foreign language or something else, upload it and wait for people's reactions. He has self confidence and has no issues to upload a less than flattering video of his and I like his courage to do that. The only issue I have with him is that he is such an unpleasant character.
May 29, 2012, 6:34 p.m.
And to pass HSK6 is rather difficult for Japanese who have never studied in China.
Popup Chinese also produces the HSK Test app for iOS. This has around 2000 questions and is completely free. The link is: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hsk-test/id38209...
Don't worry about it, please. I can't follow subtitles fast enough yet while watching Chinese films, neither. When I want to understand completely the meaning, I stop every scene to look up new words.
The other dramas are also good resources, but I don't like modern ones because people sometimes speak extremely quickly with many light tones. These kinds of things are not standard, are not good examples for learners, are not good to listen again and again.
In my view, HSK materials are good one for learners to repeat or shadow each phrase or sentence in order to memorize frequently-appearing words or locutions although they seem somewhat unnatural and stiff.