Leaning Chinese as a second language has many rewards no wonder so many are doing it. Learning Chinese enables you to make new connections, learn other cultures, and most importantly, help open up new opportunities that can lead to your success. Although research shows that those who begin learning Chinese as a second language at an early age will eventually be indistinguishable from native speakers, older students are able to catch up easily by taking part in programs that promote the language and learning it sincerely. This means as long as you want to learn it, no matter how old you are, you can!
So how does one learn Chinese easily? Here are some useful techniques in learning Chinese:
1. Have a purpose. What are you learning it for? Understand what it is that you want to get out learning Chinese and boom! You are ready to start.
2.Make the time. Chinese is like a new territory waiting for you to explore. Unless you really spend the time with the language, you won’t succeed. Consider giving yourself an intensive exposure to Chinese. Devoting one or two hours a day learning the language certainly makes a difference than simply learning it one or two hours a week! The more you spend learning and practicing Chinese, the faster you’ll learn. Join a class, participate in a language program, exchange languages with friends over the internet, look up Chinese shows or lessons with English subtitles on YouTube, etc. There are now so many ways to do it.
3. Invest in quality learning Chinese books. Why? For a more guided approach, you need books and effective language tools that are specially designed to help meet your needs as a student. Don’t just settle for free stuff you find on the internet. Highly-approved books Kuaile Hanyu and Chinese Made Easy are examples of high quality materials that make learning Chinese easy. These learning Chinese books get you stimulated and engaged in activities and lessons.
4 Be motivated. The most important factor in learning Chinese is motivation. Students who want to learn tend to do better than those who don’t. It is normal to find it stressful to be unable to express yourself correctly in Chinese right away, so frustration is part of the game. But don’t give up. Instead, take control and motivate yourself even more. Whenever you feel like giving up, remember your purpose for learning it.
5. Use it! Don’t feel shy about attempting to use Chinese–even when proficiency is still quite limited. Practice is key and that’s why it’s important to immerse yourself in the language. Lessons that you find most useful like daily expressions, characters and different Chinese tones should be used right away and as often as possible.
About the Author
Ray Ritchey is the owner of the site Childbook.com which for over 12 years has been helping Children in the United States learn more about Chinese Culture and Language.