When I study Chinese, I often like to type my notes on a computer and share them with my Chinese friends for their input.
I prefer to study away from home, because my parakeets interfere. (They always scold me when I try to pronounce Chinese words.)
I like to study at coffee houses, because the clientele are sophisticated and fun to watch. I also love the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
My preferences are Barnes & Noble because of its convenience,
Starbucks because I have a large credit on my Starbucks card,
and Dudley’s, because they have great pastries.
I tried studying at McDonalds, but the smell of cooking grease was not appetizing (although they do have great fresh coffee in the morning). In addition, the clientele are not as much fun to watch as those customers in coffee houses.
My problem, however, was using my laptops in the coffee houses.
Both computers are old and extremely s-l-o-w. More time was wasted on setting up the computers and actually studying.
Finally, I decided to try my wife’s iPad (with her permission, of course!).
It’s a lot faster and lighter than my laptops. I think I’ll use this from now on.
My Chinese teacher showed me how to modify the keyboard so I can type Hanzi.
I then loaded Pages software onto the iPad so I could compose and send Chinese language documents.
Now my Chinese studies should be more productive.