3 Tips To Help You Learn And Master Mandarin As A Beginner
Are you taking up a Mandarin course in Singapore? If you are, it is a great decision. However, taking up a Mandarin course may not just be sufficient.
It is said that in order to be adequately fluent in Chinese, it takes a year of at least 30 hours of weekly learning. You will need even more time to be fluent in both conversational and written Chinese. Therefore, it is still important to be aware of some essential tips that will aid your Chinese language learning journey.
Here, we have gathered some useful Chinese learning tips for beginners to help speed up their learning process.
1. Get yourself a good Chinese book
Reading is the best way to learn a new language, Chinese included.
The library in your neighbourhood should consist of plenty of Chinese books that you can borrow and read. If you need recommendations, do not be afraid to ask your instructor. They are likely to know some books with rich dialogue that will help you understand and learn Mandarin easier.
Audiobooks are also very popular these days. You might consider looking and borrowing one as well.
The important thing about getting a Chinese book is that it should be able to keep you interested and motivated to learn the language.
2. Learn the basics first
It is common for beginners learning the Chinese language to skip the basics and jump to more complex content. However, this is not an effective and efficient way to learn the language.
When you immerse yourself immediately in a culture that you are not fully familiarized with, the chances of you being confused are very high. It is recommended that you start learning from the basics first. Once you have built a strong and solid base for the Chinese language, you can then touch on the more complex content. By learning the basics first, you will gain a strong foundation of the language, making it easy for you when you are exposed to tougher content.
This is why taking up a Mandarin course is incredibly important, especially if it’s your first time learning a new language.
3. Find a native Chinese speaker to practice with
Practice always makes perfect.
This might sound obvious and easy to do so. However, many interested Chinese language learners tend to forget to practice what they have learned. Practicing does require some amount of effort and motivation, but your efforts will definitely pay off.
Even if you are continually attending Mandarin lessons, as long as you do not practice frequently, you will not be able to improve your pronunciation and listening skills.
It can be scary and tough to try speaking in an unfamiliar language. However, there is always a starting point, and you have to be bold and make the first move.
It is also okay to make mistakes. Through your mistakes, you get to identify your errors, and you can work on them and improve further.
One useful tip is to find someone to practice with, and preferably, a native Chinese speaker. It can just be a casual conversation, by simply talking to a native Chinese speaker, you will subconsciously pick up on the nuances of the language.