2. Keep a dairy. What better way to record your summer adventures than to keep a journal written in Mandarin? Not only will it look impressive to your friends and family, you will surely never forget the summer of 2017 with this special written account. Perhaps it gives you even more motivation to get up to some crazy mischief when you know you will have to write about it in Mandarin later. The more interesting your experience, the more interesting your diary.
3. Watch Chinese TV shows or movies. Additionally annoy the hell out of your friends and family by playing some loud Chinese music. We all know that summer is the time for relaxation, and what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to relax with a cold beverage and watch a Chinese show. Watching shows in Mandarin allows you to watch the way in which the characters mouths move when pronouncing words, which is far more advantageous than simply listening to audios. Try to pay attention to the tones as well. There are multiple shows to watch depending on your level and interests. Why not try out some of the cartoons for fun and later on move to something a little more challenging? Here is a link recommending some of the best Chinese TV for Mandarin learners.
4. Label objects in your house. We have all experienced those summer days where the weather is so hot that the tough of going outside fill you will dread. On the other hand though staying at home isn’t all that exciting either. Why not use this time constructively to labels objects in your house in Mandarin. Write small labels with both the pinyin and 汉字 on them and stick them around your house (or room) on various objects that you are unsure about the names. Not only will it help to see these labels everyday, when you are gone you are definitely doing a service to the rest of the family by educating them on the way to say “refrigerator” in Mandarin 电冰箱。 Here is a link to help you get started: