This article introduces you how to learn Chinese fast. By “fast”, we don’t mean to learn how to speak Mandarin within one month or two months. Instead, we will discuss with you how to learn Chinese in a more efficient and native way!
Start with the Sound
Learning the pronunciation of Chinese is a good way to start. It is essential to learn the different tones if you wish to speak Mandarin Chinese correctly. You may have observed the fact that every kid starts learning their mother tongue by listening and speaking, instead of reading, etc. To achieve that goal, it’s definitely recommended to hear the tones demonstrated by a native speaker.
Study Simple Vocabularies and Basic Grammar
No matter what language you’re learning, the more words you have at your disposal, the sooner you will become fluent. Although having a wide vocabulary is good, remember that in Mandarin, accuracy is more important.
Then what is the fast way to learn Chinese vocabularies? If you try to memorize Chinese characters one by one, you are slowing down the learning process. Plus, this can cause mistakes more often, because Chinese characters change their meaning according to the context. Avoid common mistakes a Chinese learner often make. You can learn much faster by studying short sentences that provide a specific context for the characters. Actually this is the way kids learn a language. Hacking Chinese also has an article that tells you how to learn Chinese words fast: http://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-learn-words-really-fast/
The next thing to do is to memorize some useful Chinese grammar. It is always good to learn basic simple grammar tips, and use many examples to practice it. Actually, there is a common misconception that grammar does not exist in the Chinese language, but this is not true. Chinese grammar rules do exist. They are just very different to those European or other language systems. Chinese-grammar enables you to speak Chinese after even 5 minutes learning.
Immerse Yourself in the Language
If you have a Chinese-speaking environment, that’s great! You can talk with people around you in Chinese. But if you can’t find any Mandarin-speakers nearby, try to hire an online Chinese tutor on Skype. There is no better way to improve your Chinese skills than to practice with a native speaker. As native speakers, they will easily be able to correct any grammar or pronunciation mistakes you make and can introduce you to more informal or colloquial forms of speech that you won’t find in a textbook.
Practice and More Practice!
You can practice speaking by hanging out with your Chinese friends and asking them to speak Chinese with you; going to Chinatown and eating at the local restaurants there; watching Chinese movies or TV shows; listening to Chinese songs; teaching English while living in China or Taiwan; taking tours to China. The list goes on. As a saying goes “There is nothing that can stop a willing heart.” Many learners failed to learn Chinese well, not because they lack the talent, money, time, etc, but because they can’t carry on. When you have decided to learn a language, you should never, EVER stop learning. Learning Mandarin is no exception.
Make Use of Vast Online Resources
Any successful learners know how to make use of the vast and useful resources for learning mandarin Chinese. Some of the best resources include:
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