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Friends,I want to know how you learn chinese ?

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:45 pm
by flora0044
Friends :
I want to know how you learn the chinese language ,because I think the chinese word are so perplexing,every word looks similar .
If I need just learn how to speak it then go to learn how to write it ?
could some one can give me some suggest ,which way is the better way to learn chinese ,go to some school ,or go to some web ,or just learn myself ? I am at a loss now !

Re: Friends,I want to know how you learn chinese ?

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:01 am
by BeijingDaniel
Hi Flora,

I have been studying Chinese for just over a year now and actually now work for a Mandarin language school so I'd love to give you my opinion.

At the beginning I just learned spoken Chinese and didn't pay much attention to the writing. In my opinion this was a big mistake because it is now very hard work trying to bring my writing to the same level as my speaking. It is much better to study both at the same time. I definitely would not suggest studying it by yourself because with Chinese pronunciation is much more important than European languages and you really need a native speaker to correct your pronunciation. It would be much better to find a teacher preferably from somewhere near Beijing or in the North East because generally those guys have to most standard pronunciation.

Most importantly I think it just takes patience. In the beginning everything sounds and looks the same but after a few months studying you will find it much easier to differentiate the sounds and characters.

Let me know if you have any questions about studying. I'd love to help.

Re: Friends,I want to know how you learn chinese ?

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:33 pm
by comprar piso
you can use youtube.com

Re: Friends,I want to know how you learn chinese ?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:05 am
by Luck
For me I try multiple ways like; sentence book (for dummies collection), free website, podcast , pimsleur, youtube and 1-on-1 lesson on skype.

Beginning to learn Chinese could very be hard and BeijingDaniel is right
It would be much better to find a teacher
you can find Chinese people who can help you if you help them here http://www.italki.com/ or real teacher to have strong base here: www.online-chinese-academy.com

Good luck and have pleasure!

Re: Friends,I want to know how you learn chinese ?

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:25 pm
by sarkarinaukris
I have been using BBC Chinese Service's China Focus podcast for the last two or three years to improve my listening skills, build my current events vocabulary, and immerse myself in as much Chinese as possible throughout the day. As many of you may know, this podcast is no longer with us as o...