Are you interested in learning Chinese as a second language? If you are, you couldn’t have made a better choice. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world.
Not only that, but one in five people one earth are actually Chinese. How cool is it that you will be able to communicate with (most) of them if you learn Mandarin Chinese. The key to learning Chinese is to break it down into a language that you can understand. Below we will discuss some of the best tips to learning Chinese.
Tips To Learning Chinese:
1. Traditional or Simplified.
What is your goal with the Chinese language? Is your goal to be able to speak it fluently? Is your goal to learn how to read and write Chinese? Depending on your ultimate goal, you are going to want to approach the language differently. First, you want to figure out whether or not you are going to learn traditional or simplified Chinese characters.
2. Become Language Buddies.
One of the only ways that you are going to actually be able to learn Chinese is if you actually practice speaking with a native person. In order to do this, you can find language partners either locally or online. Regardless of where you find them, you should always try to practice a minimum of 1 hour per day. If you find a language buddy that is trying to learn your native language as well, it will be perfect because you will be able to switch off 30 minutes each totaling an hour of practice per day in your target language.
3. Watch Movies in Chinese.
The good news with Chinese is there are tons of movies that you can watch in Chinese. You should always try to watch movies that would interest you. That way, you are sure to pay attention the whole time. You can always turn on subtitles in your native language so that you can follow the story. Then, once you have gone through and watched the movie once, you should turn off subtitles and try to watch the movie in your target language (Chinese).
4. Get On WeChat.
WeChat is China’s version of WhatsApp. It is an excellent place to find people, meet people, and talk to different people. By finding people on WeChat, you might be able to practice typing Chinese and talking to people with your basic Chinese skills.
5. Live In China.
The number one way that you are going to learn Chinese (or any language for that matter) is to live in the country where they speak the language. By immersing yourself in the language, you will require yourself to hear and speak the language constantly. This is going to be the fastest and easiest way to learn a second language – particularly one as difficult as Chinese.
Learning Chinese, like any other language, is going to be difficult and will take time. As long as you have the required patience and dedication, you should be able to do it by utilizing some of the tips we have discussed above.