Things you need to know about learning Chinese

Language learning is always a process full of frustration. This is especially true  when you are trying to learn a language that is totally different from your mother language. Chinese is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world. Want to know how to learn it well? Here is some advice.

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The starting point of learning any language is the same- learning to speak. It is a good idea to start with basic vocabulary and phrases. These phrases could be anything easy that occur in everyday conversation,such as “Hello” or “How are you?” While you are learning to speak Chinese, pay attention to the tones taken. Chinese is a tonal language, which means that the same words or phrases can have different meanings based on the tone. After you get a little more familiar with the language you should feel confident for the next step,  which is pronunciation and sentence structure. This is the most important part of oral Chinese. The best way to learn is to listen to native speakers as much as possible. When your ears have grown accustomed to listening to this speech, your mind will naturally instruct you to speak in the native way.

 

Another part of language learning is reading and writing. Pinyin is the writing system that uses letters from the Latin alphabet to “spell words out.” Pinyin is the foundation of reading Chinese characters.  After you understand Pinyin, reading and writing will be much easier to learn. Learning a language is a process of accumulation, meaning that no one can fully understand a foreign language in a short time. The best way to learn is practice a little every day. Set yourself a goal: how much you want to read every day, how many characters you want to learn every day, etc. And then follow your goals step by step.

 

The fastest way to learn any language is to immerse yourself in it. You can practice with native speakers, listen to Chinese songs, or watch Chinese films. These are all good methods for improving your language intuition. It is also good for language learners to get in touch with culture. To understand more about Chinese culture, you can practice traditional calligraphy, visit exhibitions, or even arrange a trip in China.

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Want to experience more Chinese culture? Come visit the Confucius Institute’s Mobile Unit. Want to immerse yourself in Chinese environment? Join us on our Study Tour in China!  

 

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