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May 06 2017


How to begin Learning Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is regarded as one of the most difficult languages in the world to understand but there are different stuff that that you can do in the crucial beginning stages to create a solid foundation for learning. The perfect thing to do would be to spend Three to six months in an intensive study period at the start where you stand not doing anything but working on the language and residing in China or Taiwan. Obviously though, this is not simple for everyone to do this below I have included some generic suggestions that may operate in either a rigorous or casual study setting.

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1) Learn the PinYin system and basic pronunciation
PinYin is basically the way the Chinese words and sounds are expressed within the western alphabet. When you are introduced to pinyin you will also learn about the 4 tones of Chinese and how different sounds are created. This is a logical great place to begin and you will probably will also get some basic words like ni hao for hello, wo ai ni for I love you and zai jian for goodbye.

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2) Word to get around and simple dialogues
Some classes will move onto a long list of basic vocabulary words to memorize. I instead advise that you turn over to a China travel phrasebook and pull out of there a lot of simple phrases and sentences for getting around. These examples are usually rich with useful vocabulary and therefore are smart to memorize. Having all of these sentences at your fingertips will make sure that you could start using Mandarin Chinese in your daily life as quickly as possible. A great starting point is by using Chinese videos on sites like StudyMoreChinese.com

3) Focus on key 'sentence-making' words like "I think', "but...", "why", "because" etc.
It's upsetting to me the number of classes and textbooks wait to show essential words and phrases such as those in the above list. After you have a long list of words such as this in your active vocab list you can begin using them like building blocks to construct simple sentences. Although you will most likely still have issues with grammar some of these basic 'transition' words can be extremely useful as you try to communicate with others.

4) Discover the stroke order and basic radicals of Chinese characaters
Since there are many technologies available to learn Chinese on the ipad or iphone, so many people are tempted to skip the entire process of learning to write Chinese characters manually. This can be a bad idea because the actual process of moving your hand and feedback in the paper and pen helps to keep the characters in your brain. The correct answer is strange that this type of simple thing as moving you can sort out memorizing the characters but there have been scientific studies that have done research on the topic, discovering that writing things down does improve retention.

5) Study on a daily basis for Half an hour
After doing all of the above, you ought to get into a consistent practice of studying Chinese every day. What you want to do is strive for at least 30 minutes and that can also be just before bed. The important part is to invest in doing the work every day to make sure that you've daily exposure to the language.

6) Find a language partner or private tutor
As you continue learning at school or Chinese online, it's important to start expressing yourself by speaking the word what in face to face conversations. There are great sites that will help you find language exchange partners like italki where you can also find tutors. The key part here is to find a situation that will force you to start speaking, even just in simple sentences, so that all you learn can start to create in your thoughts just as real communication.

If you follow up these tips having a solid program and find methods to pursue your natural interests, just in Chinese, then you need to find many different ways to boost your Mandarin language program. If you want pop music, then pay attention to that in Chinese. If instead you love to read fashion or news magazines, then look for those in Mandarin. You will have no problem absorbing the word what and learning faster than your classmates. And don't hesitate to learn some Chinese history because people always like to talk about that. Good luck.

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