At the present time, a ton of people are making the resolution to learn Chinese. This is for an array of reasons, including an interest with Chinese culture to having business concerns in China. Whatever your reasons are, you can learn this beguiling and tricky language a bit quicker by abiding to certain criteria, which we’ll be reviewing in this article. You will need to brutally study to learn Chinese, though you’ll be happy you put in the time when you’re able to speak and comprehend it!
Learning the Chinese language is complicated in part because of the characters being so different from the letters we are already familiar with. Radicals are the groups of characters you will learn to recognize. You will want to become familiar with these radicals in order to understand the written language of Chinese and become capable of mentally indexing the characters for similarities. As you begin learning the language, you will probably be focusing mainly on the vocabulary and pronunciation, but you should also start to become familiar with radicals and characters. Then, when you look at written Chinese, you’ll gradually start to recognize some of the characters and know what they mean.
One of the most effective ways to learn Chinese is to visit a country where Chinese is spoken. This is not always possible, of course, but it’s something you can have as a goal while you’re studying the language.
If you do take one of these trips it is better to take one with a tour that focuses on using the language (or to find a language school) because, with so many locals learning English, you’ll find that most people you meet will want to practice English with you instead of letting you practice Chinese with them. Many people from the West enjoy visiting Hong Kong but this is a primarily English language place to visit (due to long periods of being ruled by British–also, the Chinese here is Cantonese). If you have chosen to study Mandarin, the best place to visit is mainland China.
A helpful learning tool for learning mandarin Chinese called Hanyu Pinyin that is a system that uses Chinese characters to translate into western languages. Don’t worry about learning the characters right away. Pronunciation using Hanyu Pinyin is often skewed, so you will eventually need to learn proper pronunciation. Many tools will use this method to help you transition from English to Chinese.
To sum up: you need to approach learning Chinese just like you would learning any other subject. Don’t worry about getting fluent as that can take years; instead focus on learning a little each day. Embrace every opportunity provided to learn more and to practice your new language, no matter what source provides you the opportunity. Learning Chinese can be at least a little bit easier if you use the tips talked about in this article
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