How to learn Chinese well as a beginner -advice from an experienced Chinese/Mandarin teacher

As our topic, if you are a beginner, also, you are not in a Mandarin-speaking environment, how can you learn Chinese/Mandarin well? Let’s see the advice from an experienced Chinese/Mandarin teacher.

First, you have to know what you’re learning.

Of course, you know you are learning Chinese /Mandarin. However, do you really know what it is?

Mandarin Chinese is a very different language compared with western languages, or, I should say spelling languages.

As the grammar, Chinese/Mandarin has it only systems and logic like any other languages in the world. So, understand the grammatical logic can help you build a solid foundation.

Second, don’t ignore pronunciation, especially tones.

Chinese/Mandarin is a language with tones. You might not be able to pronounce it as good as a native speaker, but try to make it clear and accurate.

There is an example about tones,

助教/ zhùjiào, which means teaching assistant

豬腳/ zhū jiǎo, which means pig legs

These two vocabularies are with same pronunciation, however, with different tones!

This is another example about pronunciation:

床/ chuáng, which means a bed

船/ chuán, which means a boat

These two vocabularies are with same tones but different pronunciation. I think, “I met someone on the boat” is very different with “I met someone on the bed”.

If you don’t people misunderstood you, pay more attention to pronunciations.

Third, try to use it as frequently as possible.

In this part, please refer to How to practice Mandarin Chinese when you are not surrounded by it.

Last, but not the latest, you need know your purpose and goal.

Set up the right goals is very important. You learn Chinese/Mandarin because of traveling, living, working or becoming a master? 

Set up your goal according to your purpose. And the goal must be reasonable and reachable. A great dream here won’t really make us big. Learning is a life-long processes, just keep moving towards your goal.

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